Healthcare providers are turning to data analytics and standardization as they try to cut costs and improve on quality metrics. But most have yet to harness data to make real-time shifts in care.
Houston-based Decisio Health saw an opportunity to help providers see changes in patients' vitals immediately and give them the chance to initiate care protocols that could lead to better outcomes. The startup developed the first Food and Drug Administration-approved web-based clinical platform and created easy-to-read displays that alert clinicians to problems as they emerge.
“My goal is to be the Bloomberg of healthcare,” Decisio co-founder and CEO Bryan Haardt said.
Spun out from technology developed at and licensed from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Decisio took a clinician's approach to data. According to Haardt, the company wanted to change the retrospective nature of analytics to make a bigger impact on patient care.
“We looked at that and said maybe a better way would be to start at the source, which is the patient, and instead of top down, go bottom up and really impact the utilization of analytics in real time by doing it at the point of patient care,” Haardt said.
Haardt said he hoped Decisio's platform could help clinicians reduce variability of care and improve patient outcomes. The platform can work on any mobile device or system and provides a customized bedside or smart-device display for clinicians to use.
The monitors can display vital signs, glucose readings, test results and graphs that clinicians need to track patients' progress. The information is color-coded: green for normal results, yellow for slightly abnormal and red for grossly abnormal. Physicians can also enable “bundles” if a patient might be developing sepsis, a urinary tract infection or other concerns, which gives a time-stamped checklist of care protocols.
Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, a Houston hospital affiliated with the University of Texas system but with no investment interest in Decisio, is the first hospital to try the technology.