Tift Regional Medical Center Hastens Sepsis Detection

Tift Regional Medical Center Hastens Sepsis Detection

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Wednesday, February 24, 2021

POC Advisors will also enable Tift’s sepsis treatment capabilities for earlier diagnosis and accelerated medical response at the earliest onset of sepsis in real-time Artificial Intelligence (AI) analysis of patient data.

FREMONT, CA: Wolters Kluwer Health, a global leader in professional information, software solutions, and services for the clinicians, nurses, accountants, lawyers, and tax, finance, audit, risk, compliance, and regulatory sectors, reported that Tift Regional Medical Center chose POC Advisor, Southwell’s flagship hospital, a non-profit health system in South Central Georgia, for more precise, earlier diagnosis and treatment of sepsis. POC Advisors will also enable Tift’s sepsis treatment capabilities for earlier diagnosis and accelerated medical response at the earliest onset of sepsis in real-time Artificial Intelligence (AI) analysis of patient data.

“Early sepsis identification is important. Our organization focuses on this mission to improve the safety and outcomes of sepsis patients. Early recognition of sepsis is critical.  Our organization is focused on this goal to improve the care and outcomes of patients with sepsis.  To support our attack on sepsis, we sought a solution that not only analyzes EHR data but includes natural language processing (NLP) of clinical notes to help our clinicians identify these patients earlier so that we can better provide the right care to the right patient at the right time,” said Dr. Jessica Beier, Medical Director of Quality and Safety, Tift Regional Medical Center.

Sepsis, with septic shock carrying a 34 percent death rate, is the deadliest and most costly disease treated in hospital intensive care units. Early diagnosis of sepsis is critical for saving lives and reducing the cost of treatment. The platform will classify sepsis-risk patients more than six hours earlier than EHR sepsis warnings by examining a large cross-section of EHR data, including clinical notes using NLP. POC Advisor accounts for more than 4,000 co-morbidities, and for symptoms that mimic sepsis, strategies based on evidence-based algorithms significantly eliminate false positives.

“POC Advisors accurate, real-time identification of patients with sepsis helps our providers navigate the fog of war in hospital departments to deliver evidence-based care in line with the SEP-1 septic shock management bundle,” added Dr. Eric Paulk, Medical Director, Tift Regional Medical Center Emergency Department.

Clinicians, including nurses, surgeons, and Advanced Practice Providers (APP), can offer updates of evidence-based procedures at the point of treatment at Tift Regional Medical Center. Intuitive analytic dashboard tools would show performance indicators for CMS consistency to minimize inconsistency in practice by finding differences in conformity with the CMS SEP-1 package. In addition, the Alert Response dashboard will offer a detailed view of the clinical activities of Tift Regional Medical Centers to facilitate quality growth, train personnel, and eliminate unwarranted discrepancies in treatment.

“An AI-powered solution like POC Advisor is an essential piece of the puzzle to help healthcare team members recognize in real-time where the patient is at in the spectrum of illness and delivery of sepsis care,” said Karen Kobelski, Vice President and General Manager for Clinical Surveillance, Compliance & Data Solutions at Wolters Kluwer, Health. “This advanced technology combined with Tift Regional Medical Center’s comprehensive approach including nurse-driven protocols and a dedicated sepsis coordinator delivers critical insights and empowers teams to provide the right care to improve overall patient outcomes.”

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