Within the walls of a hospital, the unexpected can happen in a fraction of a second. It is impossible for a nurse to be everywhere at once. Although doing rounds and manual patient monitoring is crucial for patient care, real-time monitoring is the only viable solution to protect people’s health.
The Data is Mightier than the Pen
With hundreds of patients in any given hospital, the amount of data associated with each person becomes a critical element in helping doctors and nurses save people’s lives. Even if you take just one patient, there’s mountains of historical information that must be taken into account, analyzed and paired with the real-time information as heart rate, body temperature and rate of breathing. For some critical patients, circumstances can change in only seconds. Moreover, a seemingly typical patient can become critical just as fast. A nurse can check on someone one minute, and that person all of a sudden have complications the moment the nurse steps out the door.
Ingesting this vital information requires more than a pen and a clipboard. New wireless sensors can capture and transmit patient vitals far more frequently than a human being can visit the bedside. Because nurses may only visit any given patient every few hours, there are grave dangers in this reactive approach to medicine. Proactively treating and checking on patients through predictive analytics will not only improve the quality of care and increase hospital efficiency, but save lives.
Re-Imagining the Impossible
The human body is complicated, sensitive, and there are mysteries that we have yet to solve. Mitigating risks and removing all human error must be the goal of any healthcare organization. People literally entrust their lives to trained professionals and their tools to keep them healthy and alive. Every patient wants the best doctor, and every doctor needs the best equipment. No healthcare organization would ever send in an unlicensed physician with broken tools to treat a patient. Why would it be any different with managing data?
Big Data is only good if it is used efficiently and effectively. Utilize it correctly and healthcare organizations can create algorithms that help predict the likelihood of an emergency even before it could be detected by doing rounds. Far too often, using data poorly, or not at all, can have life threatening consequences. Hortonworks and our enterprise-ready open source solution Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP®) uses data accumulated over time for predictive analytics. Paired with streaming real-time data-in-motion captured with Hortonworks Data Flow (HDF™), hospitals are able to do what they never could before: instead of nurses in every room monitoring patients 24-hours every day, wireless sensors can capture information when the nurses and doctors cannot physically be there. Researchers, clinicians, doctors, and nurses should never be faced with a difficult choice again without the right information at the right time.
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