The Florida hospital installed a digitized Clinical Command Center developed by General Electric’s medical division, which reduced the average patient stay in the facility, optimizing resources to offer better patient care
The potential of the technology has also proved useful in tackling the Covid-19 pandemic thanks to an outbreak control system
Reduction of system inefficiencies, economic savings and optimization of resources to ensure the best care for patients. More than a year after its inauguration, the Command Center of the Tampa General Hospital, Florida, achieved its first goals. The system – based on the homonymous technology developed by GE Healthcare, medical division of General Electric – uses artificial intelligence applications and advanced algorithms to make information relating to hospital activity accessible in real time.
Launched in August 2019, the Command Center immediately had a positive impact on the operation of the Tampa General Hospital reducing the average stay of patients in the facility – with the consequent elimination of 20,000 days of excess hospitalization – and decreasing deviations from their first-level trauma center to other emergency rooms by 25%. Improvements that not only allowed the structure to operate at full capacity, but also to obtain the equivalent of an additional capacity of thirty beds and generate savings of 40 million dollars thanks to the reduction of system inefficiencies.
In detail, in addition to exploiting numerous artificial intelligence applications, the Command Center of the Tampa General Hospital it has also created a “digital twin” that can calculate the hospital’s patient flow, used to reallocate nursing resources and optimize the surgery program.
The potential of the technology has also proved useful in tackling the Covid-19 pandemic: the Command Center team has in fact implemented an early warning system to help predict the onset of Covid-19 outbreaks in the community. Furthermore, the Tampa General Hospital partnered with other local health care providers to share their skills during each wave of COVID-19 patients.
Today the Tampa General Hospital is leading – together with GE Healthcare and other local entities – the Florida Capacity System, a state collaboration aimed at the management of beds, ventilators and hospitalizations Covid-19 patients.
“The Command Center is not only the hub of our artificial intelligence platform, it is the hub of the entire hospital system,” he said. John Couris, CEO del Tampa General Hospital. “We often think that to solve a problem it is necessary to build a new structure or increase the availability of beds. Thanks to the Command Center we have instead started to analyze the problems from a different perspective: how to offer a better service by exploiting the available resources. instead of looking for new ones “.
“The Command Center has proved to be a fundamental tool in the management of the Covid-19 emergency,” he added Everett Cunningham, CEO of GE Healthcare USA and Canada. “GE Command Centers are currently operational in over 200 hospitals around the world and are providing critical support to health systems and governments to address theCovid-19 emergency“.