Farewell to ICU Monitors

To say that the ICU is a complex and overwhelming environment is like saying that global warming is bad: technically correct but profoundly understated. Small margins for error combined with enormous consequences to survival and future quality of life make critical care medicine a high-stakes profession that is not for the faint of heart. If you step into an ICU, the relentless blinking displays from the myriad of devices will…

A Digital Twin is Born

A decade ago, the idea of digitally replicating a human being sounded more fiction than fact. Fast forward several years and the concept of creating a digital replica of a living human being that changes as conditions change, has generated both heightened interest and ongoing support. These virtual copies of living organisms reveal insights into the important physiologic processes necessary for everyday living, and makes better sense of the data…

Etiometry’s Impact on Reducing ICU Stressors

Who is taking care of the people that invest their livelihoods in taking care of others? 40% of clinicians reported burnout and 30% screened positive for symptoms of depression, according to a report published in the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine. Stress in the ICU doesn’t just impact the clinicians suffering with it, the entire unit can feel the weight. As part of National Stress Awareness Month, Etiometry is highlighting…

New Study Sets Benchmark for Clinical Decision Support Technologies

From improving quality of care to reducing costs, producing a concrete return on investment is becoming a crucial do or die milestone for health care systems and the health information technologies they use. A new study unveiled at the American College of Cardiology Conference is now a part of the growing evidence associating Etiometry’s platform with improvements in care quality and patient safety metrics. The abstract presented by Dr. Mary…

Keeping Everyone Alive – Achieving Patient Safety in the Digital Era

Keeping every patient alive is the most basic hospital mission; but how clinicians achieve this goal couldn’t be more complicated. Medical error is to blame for as many as 400,000 deaths in the U.S. each year, according to reports published in the Journal of Patient Safety. From adding alarms to adjusting protocols, changing the clinician’s physical environment isn’t the cure-all answer to patient safety concerns. To commemorate this National Patient Safety…

Transforming Skeptics into Zealots: SCCM Four Years Later

On my way back to Boston from this year’s Society of Critical Care Medicine conference, I cannot stop reflecting on the first time I attended this meeting back in 2015. It was in Phoenix, Arizona, a nice break from the cold Boston weather, just two weeks before the Super Bowl was held there. Besides the Patriots winning another Super Bowl, so much has changed between 2015 and 2019.  Back in…

The Bigger Picture for Tiny Data Points in Critical Care

In critical care environments, we are accustomed to seeing vital signs constantly rising and falling but a new study shows why doctors may not be seeing the full picture. Information Loss of Vital Physiologic Data in Critically Ill Patients outlines why the most fragile patients can also be the most susceptible to electronic health record errors. The study compared the information captured in the vital signs manually recorded in the EHR…

The New Element in ICU Decisions

Education, experience, and intuition play a key role in how decisions are made around interventions and treatment selection for patients. But these decisions can only be as good as the data that was used to draw the assessment of the patient.  With more than 40 vital signs simultaneously reporting new measurements every second, critical care clinicians are drenched in data. For example, the 42-bed critical care unit at SickKids in…

Improving Neurological Outcomes with Advanced Algorithms

There are more than 32,000 babies diagnosed with congenital heart defects each year in the United States alone. A quarter of these newborns will undergo some type of invasive procedure, surgery, or catheterization in the first year of life.  The tremendous advancements of pediatric cardiology in the last 30 years means that today more than 99% of these patients are expected to survive, with the prospect that with each coming year…

Biomed Device Data Shouldn’t Be Difficult to Capture

At Etiometry, we believe that biomedical device data should not be difficult to obtain. That’s why the new waveform capabilities available as an add-on to our T3 Data Aggregation & Visualization software allows hospitals to easily capture and store high-frequency physiology data such as ECG information. This advancement allows medical researchers to access high-frequency biomedical device data to gain further insight into different physiological processes. Hospitals can now capture high-resolution…