Hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) like pneumonia are difficult to detect and costly to treat. It’s common for data-driven organizations to address this challenge by using data to identify patients at risk of deterioration and then to implement a standard treatment plan. This retroactive approach is starving systems of valuable resources because it targets patients at risk of deterioration instead of preventing deterioration in the first place.
Flagler Hospital is a private not-for-profit community hospital in St. Augustine, Florida. The 335-bed acute care center has 400 physicians on staff.
Flagler took a unique approach, using artificial intelligence (AI) to proactively identify care paths that prevent HACs. Partnering with Symphony AyasdiAI, a machine intelligence software company, helped Flagler take advantage of the readily available data that sits in electronic health records (EHRs). Together, Flagler and Symphony AyasdiAI implemented a data-driven solution using AI to identify the best care paths, develop new order sets, and reduce care variation. Flagler started with pneumonia and has since moved on to cover 11 other conditions.
Flagler advanced beyond the pneumonia pilot stage to successfully implement standardized pneumonia order sets. Within the first few months of implementation, length of stay (LOS), mortality, and costs decreased.
Instead of using AI to detect patients with HACs, Flagler used AI to proactively generate care paths that protect patients from developing these conditions. Flagler’s IT and physician teams then worked together to match the care paths to a standardized order set. A successful pneumonia pilot showed improved care outcomes and decreased costs, encouraging Flagler to permanently implement standardized order sets for pneumonia.
After piloting the AI application, Flagler identified four elements that helped them successfully implement AI-generated standardized order sets:
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