Smart data system at Massachusetts General Hospital
Radiation therapy is a relatively small specialism, but it produces a huge amount of data. Dr Hanne Kooy, medical physicist at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston, was looking for a customised and affordable system to translate these data into efficient and smooth-running workflows. ICT Group had the technical and medical know-how to come up with the right solution.
At MGH, radiation therapy patients come back every day for 30 days and receive different treatments from different specialists, including chemotherapy and surgery. This produces new data every single time, and this data then has to be recorded and updated so doctors can measure the progress of the treatment. The challenge is to make that data transparent and easy to access, so those doctors can provide their patients with better, more focused and more personal. Not exchanging via phone calls and e-mails with the various specialists, but by automating this process.
ICT defined a number of stages, adding the obligation to prove the validity of each step along the way. The first stage was monitoring all the data. The next stage was to make smart connections, so specialists are able to draw conclusions from the various systems that send information to the database of MGH’s own system. This system acts as a kind of checklist to tick off the various treatments. It enables the specialists to make decisions automatically; eventually it will also be possible to send ‘instructions’ to the medical equipment automatically. Ultimately, patients will have their medical data on their smartphone or tablet and the hospital will no longer have to look anything up. The result: improved workflows, more efficient use of expensive equipment and faster and improved care for patients.
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