The emergency departments at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and Phoenix, Arizona are trying out a new situational awareness system that Vernon Smith, a physician and computer engineer at the hospital, developed by working directly with clinical staff to discover what they need.
Turns out that keeping constant vigilance of the status of numerous patients is not an easy task, as doctors and nurses working in busy environments know well, and various systems have been built to help digitize the management process.
The YES Board, as the new Mayo patient tracking system is called, is completely passive, continuously gathering data from 15 medical databases used at the clinic. The current state of patients at the ward is displayed on ceiling mounted 21 inch screens allowing clinicians to know what’s up with just a glance.
Here’s Dr Vernon Smith demonstrating and explaining the YES Board:
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