Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Health

Are you waiting too long at the hospital? Tampa General has a plan for that.

TAMPA — Tampa General Hospital is joining with GE Healthcare to open a new care coordination center, which aims to improve patient safety and quality as well as efficiency through data analytics.

The 9,000-square-foot center, set to open next year, will use data to help improve the experience and outcomes for patients, families and staff, the hospital said. Tampa General joins Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and Humber River Hospital in Toronto as users of this kind of artificial-intelligence-based center.

The center will be powered by GE’s "Wall of Analytics," in which monitors continually update with data that recommends actions to reduce delays in patient progression, predict and prevent risk and balance staff workload.

Departments within the hospital will use the information to reduce wait times and speed up the discharge process, among other administrative duties.

"We want to leverage this system to improve efficiency and shorten the time patients are in the hospital by better managing their care," John Couris, president and CEO of Tampa General, said in a statement.

Tampa General is a 1,010-bed academic medical center and the only Level 1 trauma center in the region.

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