In healthcare, early intervention can be the difference between life and death. Healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente has put that principle into action with a hospital workflow tool, supported by predictive analytics, that it uses to identify non-intensive care unit (ICU) patients that are likely to rapidly deteriorate.
The integrated managed care consortium, based in Oakland, Calif., has more than 12 million health plan members and employs more than 217,000 people, including nearly 60,000 nurses and 23,000 doctors. It operates 39 medical centers and 690 medical facilities in eight states and the District of Columbia.
“Patients who are in the hospital but outside the intensive care unit sometimes deteriorate in the hospital and have to be transferred to the ICU unexpectedly. These patients have far worse outcomes than patients who are admitted to the ICU directly,” says Dr. Gabriel Escobar, research scientist, Division of Research, and regional director, Hospital Operations Research, Kaiser Permanente Northern California.
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