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POC Advisor in the News: Halifax Health engaged in stealth war on sepsis

A single question drives some of the decision-making in the emergency room at Halifax Health Medical Center: Does this patient have an infection? In medicine, few things are as elusive as sepsis, a potentially life-threatening condition triggered when the body responds to an infection. If it’s caught early, it can be contained and treated. But the symptoms - a fever, difficulty breathing or a rapid heart rate - are so common the condition often is not diagnosed. Read more at the Daytona Beach News-Journal

By | 2017/07/18 at 8:17 AM|Categories: Industry News, POC Advisor News, POC Blog|

Unpacking “Analytics in a Modern Healthcare Setting” at the Health IT Summit

The volume of patient data is growing exponentially—as are the innovative ways it can be leveraged to improve clinical and non-clinical outcomes. Those ideas will be the focus of a May 11th panel discussion at the Health IT Summit in Chicago that includes Wolters Kluwer’s own Stephen Claypool, MD, medical director of Clinical Software Solutions. During "Forward-Thinking Examples of Analytics in a Modern Healthcare Setting," which begins at 11:15 a.m. CDT, Dr. Claypool will discuss his experiences in designing, developing and engineering clinical decision support software, including his team’s successes and the challenges the industry faces going forward. He will be joined by Matthew Hartzman, former CIO at the College of American Pathologists; Preston M. Simmons, FACHE, interim CEO of Providence Health & Services, Western Washington; and Alex Veletsos, CIO at Ascension Health and [...]

By | 2017/05/09 at 6:28 PM|Categories: POC Advisor News, POC Blog|

New York’s Sepsis Leadership Saves Lives

In 2012, The New York Times released an article covering the tragic death of 12-year-old Rory Staunton, who died from sepsis days after cutting his arm in a fall at school. Last week, five years later, the newspaper released a follow-up article highlighting the impact that his death has had on the New York healthcare system and the thousands of lives saved. The Rory Staunton Foundation, founded in April 2012 by Rory’s parents, Orlaith and Ciaran Staunton, was a catalyst that led New York State to require that all the state’s hospitals use evidence-based sepsis protocols that improve early diagnosis and accelerate treatment. New York’s program was the first of its kind to address sepsis, which remains the deadliest condition to treat in critical care units and the most expensive, [...]

Improving Health System Financials by Targeting Sepsis Outcomes

In previous posts, I have noted the heavy toll that sepsis takes on patients and their families. In addition to the human toll, there is also a significant financial burden. With a national price tag of $24 billion a year, the financial cost of sepsis cannot be ignored. My colleague, Dr. Steve Claypool, has written about how a technology driven approach to sepsis, supported by change management, significantly improves patient outcomes. The same strategy can also translate into improvements to hospital financials as well. Sepsis costs are large and growing, let’s look at some key numbers: From 2011 to 2013, the cost of sepsis care in the U.S. increased by nearly $3.4 billion. In 2011, sepsis resulted in 722,000 hospital discharges, which accounted for 9 percent of all Medicaid inpatient [...]

L’Oreal Women of Worth Recognizes Orlaith Staunton for Work in Sepsis Awareness & Prevention

On March 28, 2012, Orlaith Staunton’s 12-year-old son, Rory, fell at school and cut his arm. What began as a minor injury quickly escalated. When he began exhibiting symptoms, such as vomiting, fever and pain in his leg, she took him to the emergency room. Rory’s doctor gave him fluids, diagnosed him with a stomach virus and sent him home. Two days after being discharged, Rory’s condition worsened and he was readmitted to hospital. What doctors first diagnosed as a flu virus, was actually sepsis—the body’s overwhelming and often fatal response to infection. In the time between discharge and readmission, the condition had progressed to severe sepsis and later, septic shock. Four days after he first saw a doctor, Rory died. In healthcare, we often speak about sepsis from a [...]

By | 2016/10/13 at 2:04 PM|Categories: POC Blog|Tags: , , , |

Health IT Drastically Improves Sepsis Care

Sepsis is one of the most challenging conditions for healthcare systems around the globe and is a major concern to providers. In the United States alone, sepsis annually claims more than 258,000 lives, with some estimates putting the toll as high as 750,000 deaths. It remains both the deadliest condition treated in hospital critical care units and the most expensive. By 2013, the annual financial burden had climbed to almost $24 billion, an increase of $3.4 billion in two short years. However, despite the overwhelming human and financial tolls of sepsis, efforts to improve outcomes often yield suboptimal results. Sepsis mimics common illnesses, so clinicians often initially do not recognize it, causing delays in treatment. Treatment delays are often fatal as the risk of death escalates by nearly eight percent [...]