All of these pieces of information are very difficult for a routine physician to collate, assimilate and use on a daily basis to make a valid decision from anywhere in the hospital. At Phoenix Children’s Hospital they have addressed this by using data to support the physician and the broader organisation, ensuring that the right patient gets the right drug for the right amount of time or that a patient gets delivered a lab result in a timely fashion.
“It’s amazing to me, when we look at the number of data points we have, and the amount of data we have across multiple systems, and multiple things that the patient interacts with, how many insights we can really get, by connecting them together for the first time,” Mr.Higginson says. “When you get to real-time data, that is there in the moment and you can use that data to prompt someone to make a different decision, improved outcomes can happen.”
In its imaging department Phoenix Children’s is deploying a PACS system, where digital images are now available instantly, at the point of care, making a significant difference in the ease and the speed of access to information. Partnering with Philips has helped to further explore their clinical data in more detail, using cloud services to extract new insights to support clinical care.
“I think where partnership gets really interesting is when we start working together on something for the future. We both have an idea of how things may be better, but we’re really trying to collaborate and find something new and solve a new problem,” Mr.Higginson adds.