NASHVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- A term usually found in aviation, military operations and nuclear engineering industries is making a significant impact in healthcare.
"Situational awareness" — understanding what's occurring around you at every moment and using that information — is helping more healthcare providers and hospitals improve patient outcomes.
And a new eBook,"How Real-Time Situational Awareness Improves Patient Outcomes" from Amplion Clinical Communications, a company that's disrupting nurse call systems, documents the concept and its emerging power in the industry.
"Clinical leaders today are inundated with data that could improve patient care, but outdated technologies and weak interoperability have made it difficult to use this information for smart care decisions," said Frank Grant, president and CEO of Amplion. "Fortunately, a new set of technologies in the Real-Time Healthcare System (RTHS) is now helping hospitals become more situationally aware and improve patient outcomes."
"The Real-Time Health System is emerging as a connected digital platform to transform every component of care delivery, administration and analytics by putting in the hands of people and machines real-time situational awareness at operational, tactical and strategic levels," Barry Runyon and Gregg Pessin, Gartner, wrote in a July 25, 2018 report titled, "Hype Cycle for Real-Time Health System Technologies, 2018."
Amplion Alert supports this system, combining advanced nurse call capabilities, alarm management and reporting to track, manage and confirm care delivery for every patient. Access to patient room activity helps situationally aware healthcare leaders make data-driven decisions.
An example of situational awareness, Grant explained, is the "Miracle on the Hudson," when airline captain Chesley Sullenberger made an emergency landing on the Hudson River because his plane was struck by a flock of geese. Sullenberger had only 208 seconds to process the circumstances, decide his actions and execute his solution. His awareness and the data at hand, as well as his ability to react quickly, was the difference between a successful flight and a failed one.
"Clinicians are constantly faced with situations requiring on-the-spot thinking and response," Grant said. "By utilizing point-of-care technologies such as Amplion Alert, caregivers can use situational awareness to be proactive—rather than reactive—when caring for patients – resulting in better patient outcomes, fewer patient safety errors, and improved patient satisfaction."
SOURCE Amplion Clinical Communications