by Loren Bonner
, DOTmed News Online Editor | February 25, 2013
The new Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, part of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, recently awarded $16 million in funding to Mayo Clinic and Philips Research North America to partner on developing a system that will reduce ICU complications for a consortium of hospitals.
The collaborators are creating a cloud-based clinical decision support system built on Mayo Clinic's Ambient Warning and Response Evaluation application, which will also leverage Philips' IntelliBridge Enterprise as a single point of interoperability.
"Philips is developing a cloud-based hosting infrastructure for them [Mayo Clinic] to put their applications on so that it can be shared," Patricia Katzman, director of interoperability and CDS marketing and strategy at Philips Healthcare, told DOTmed News.
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Cloud-based computing, perhaps best known in the form of Apple's iCloud, allows end-users to access the same information, on demand, from multiple computing resources.
The project includes a secure, bi-directional communication connection to the cloud where the data is analyzed, interpreted and sent back to the facilities' care teams to be displayed and mobilized for patient alerts, according to a statement from Philips Healthcare.
The Mayo Clinic project, which will study this approach over a three-year period with help from United States Critical Illness and Injury Trials Group, will focus on helping to reduce errors that clinicians face in the ICU, which often result from data overload and the way information is presented.
"Mayo has used this application in its own environment and at this point, the idea is to do a study using this application in more than just their environment," said Katzman.