Forbes Online: “Saving Lives with More Accessible Patient Health Information.”

ohn Osborne, writing in Forbes online, highlights QPID as a “promising start-up software development firm” that is applying technology to advance healthcare delivery.  Although there are dozens of technology firms trying to solve problems in our healthcare system, writes Osborne, QPID is notable in that it impacts outcomes and efficiency by delivering vital data quickly that would otherwise be hidden in medical records.

QPID HEALTH’S MISSION IS TO ENHANCE THE PHYSICIAN USER EXPERIENCE BY DIGESTING AND RETRIEVING THE MASS OF PATIENT HEALTH DATA AND PRESENTING IT IN AN ACCESSIBLE DASHBOARD FORMAT. THE INHERENT VALUE OF THIS IS EVIDENT IN COUNTLESS SCENARIOS.

The promise of access to a patient’s medical record from anywhere is still to be realized and digitizing records has created issues along the way.  When faced with a mass of digital information in electronic health records (EHRs) and other digital systems, physicians can find it “just as daunting to access as if it remained written on a piece of paper attached to clipboard or a manila folder,” writes Osborne.

To solve this problem, QPID makes relevant patient information immediately available to physicians in a dashboard view,without the need to search the electronic records manually.  This greatly improves clinicians’ experience and productivity, and enhances patient outcomes by bringing critical information to the point of care.  Osborne shares several scenarios where QPID plays a major role in saving lives and avoiding unnecessary adverse events.  For example:

IF A PATIENT IS ADMITTED TO THE HOSPITAL FOR A SURGICAL PROCEDURE, THE ADMITTING FORM WILL INCLUDE A QUESTION AS TO CURRENT MEDICATIONS.  SUPPOSE THAT THE PATIENT HAS A HISTORY OF TAKING THE ANTI-COAGULANT DRUG WARFARIN SODIUM, SOLD UNDER THE TRADE NAME COUMADIN.  THIS IS IMPORTANT FOR THE SURGEON TO KNOW, SO THAT PRECAUTIONS MAY BE TAKEN TO AVOID HAVING THE PATIENT BLEED TO DEATH ON THE OPERATING TABLE.  GRANTED, THIS INFORMATION SHOULD BE NOTED ON THE HOSPITAL INTAKE FORM, OR IT MAY BE INCLUDED IN THE PATIENT’S EHR HISTORY AND ALREADY BE PART OF THE HOSPITAL’S DIGITAL DATABASE.  BUT SUPPOSE THE PATIENT IS UNCONSCIOUS ON ARRIVAL?  OR SUPPOSE THEY DO NOT RECALL WHEN THEY WERE LAST ON THE DRUG?  OR SUPPOSE THE NURSE IS INTERRUPTED AND DOES NOT TRANSCRIBE THE PATIENT INFORMATION ACCURATELY?  THINGS HAPPEN.  IN SUCH CASES, A LIFE MAY BE SAVED IF THE OPERATING OR ATTENDING PHYSICIAN SEES A REFERENCE TO COUMADIN PROMINENTLY NOTED (ALONG WITH OTHER PERTINENT MEDICAL HISTORY) ON A DASHBOARD DISPLAY PRESENTED ON THEIR IPAD AS THEY ARE RUSHING TO REVIEW THE PATIENT PROFILE IN THE LAST MINUTES PRIOR TO SURGERY.

Read the article: http://www.forbes.com/sites/johnosborn/2013/09/09/can-we-save-money-lives-with-more-accessible-patient-health-information/

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