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Why an adjustable EPR is the best defense against sepsis

  • Steven Shaha, Ph.D., DBA
  • 04/22/2014

Sepsis exacts a devastating toll on human life, and the estimated costs for this disease are about US$17 billion in the United States alone.  But evidence suggests optimized electronic patient records (EPRs)* can make a real difference in the battle against sepsis and other hospital-acquired infections. My personal prediction is that, because of our ability to detect patient deterioration, sepsis will eventually become another never event. Fighting sepsis with computer power Sepsis is a deadly and costly disease that arises when the body’s response to an infection damages its own tissue. Treatments are not benign and are astronomically expensive, hence clinicians are appropriately conservative in initiating treatment. Sepsis is insidious. Clinicians know it might happen, but it’s hard to see all the factors contributing to it. In the past, we had to rely on smart clinicians, watching carefully to discern […]

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EHR Saves Lives: Cuts Sepsis Deaths By 25%

“Sepsis is preventable, and at Orlando Health we have set a high priority on infection control as our quality initiative. (Allscripts) Sunrise EHR is an essential part of our initiative to eradicate central line-associated bloodstream infection and catheter-related urinary tract infection. The capabilities of Sunrise significantly help with these efforts.” – Michael L. Cheatham, MD, FACS, FCCM, Director, Surgical Intensive Care Units, Orlando Health Most of us are familiar with sepsis — a serious medical condition caused by an overwhelming immune response to basically a whole body infection. It’s one of the leading causes of death in hospital ICUs. Every year, severe sepsis strikes about 750,000 Americans. Somewhere between 28 and 50 percent of these people die—far more than the number of U.S. deaths from prostate cancer, breast cancer and AIDS combined. MLMs are the key The key to beating sepsis […]

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Good News Makes Bad Headlines

Sarasota ECCentrance

Sometimes it seems as if the only news you read about computerizing healthcare is bad news.  Errors, alert fatigue, unintended consequences . . . it’s almost as if people enjoy hearing what’s not working  and can’t wait for the next installment.  Meanwhile, healthcare organizations that have invested in high-performance Electronic Health Records (EHR) and other advanced IT systems continue, often without fanfare, to make major advances in patient safety, quality of care, cost-effectiveness and efficiency.  One such organization is Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, an 806-bed regional medical center on Florida’s Gulf Coast.  Literature and industry experts such as the Institute of Medicine (IOM) have described the risks associated with patients who, as their condition worsens, remain unnoticed, and therefore un-rescued.  Patients who “crash” are among the most costly to care for.  Sepsis alone costs the U.S. healthcare system an estimated $17 billion a year, […]