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Baxter advances enterprise digital transformation in collaboration with AWS

Press releases may be edited for formatting or style | August 03, 2021 Health IT

Digital Health Solutions

Baxter’s cloud infrastructure is foundational to expanding the company’s portfolio of digital health solutions, which span high and low acuity care settings, including home dialysis. The company’s leading Sharesource remote patient management platform allows healthcare professionals to securely and compliantly monitor their patients’ home dialysis treatments, and then remotely adjust therapy without the need for patients to make unplanned visits to the clinic. Sharesource is powered by AWS, which enables Baxter to support daily treatments at scale while also expanding the platform to include new analytics capabilities, among other enhancements. Sharesource is the most widely adopted home dialysis digital health solution, supporting nearly 46% of home dialysis patients in more than 70 countries. Sharesource has been used to manage more than 28 million treatments to date.

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The cloud transformation is also supporting Baxter’s DoseEdge Pharmacy Workflow Manager, an innovative software solution that reduces preventable medication errors from dose preparation in the pharmacy to delivery at the patient’s bedside. DoseEdge seamlessly integrates with a hospital’s pharmacy information system to automate the process of routing, preparing, inspecting, tracking, and reporting on IV and oral liquid doses. While the technology is already used in more than 500 hospitals across the U.S., Baxter’s cloud transformation creates an opportunity for accelerated expansion into new markets, while meeting local data security and privacy requirements.

"Baxter’s focus on becoming a cloud-driven company is a powerful example of the value of our transformation, from accelerating therapies for patients and enabling safe, quality hospital care to empowering employees with data and insights to drive our business forward. We are proud of our progress with AWS to make this vision a reality," said Talvis Love, chief information officer, Baxter.

Supply Chain Resilience

The pandemic created new challenges for healthcare facilities and global supply chains, from unexpected demand for certain medical products to disruption of raw materials and component availability. Baxter’s cloud infrastructure has enabled the company to proactively, securely and efficiently manage its global supply chain amidst significant uncertainty. Early in the pandemic, rates of acute kidney injury (AKI) among critically-ill COVID-19 patients increased dramatically, leading to higher demand for Baxter’s continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) products used to treat the condition. AKI is when the kidneys suddenly stop working and/or cytokine storms develop, which occur when high levels of the inflammatory mediators circulate in the blood as an intense immune reaction to the virus.

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