Ambient Warning and Response Evaluation (AWARE) System: Growing Under the Sun
Posted by Ambient Clinical Analytics on May 8th, 2015
by Pablo Moreno Franco, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Transplant Critical Care Intensivist, Medical Director, Mayo Clinic Florida Campus
n order for disruptive innovation to be successful, a great deal of time needs to be invested in design during pre-production phase, followed by skillful delivery of the product to the end-user. Since its development in Mayo Clinic Rochester, AWARE was designed based on the voice of the costumer and redesigned in a clinical simulation center and during deployment in multiple specialized intensive care units (ICUs). The main features of AWARE include unique logical display of high value data, shared multidisciplinary communication platforms and evidence based decision support tools.
When I moved to practice at the Mayo Clinic location in Florida where only a conventional Electronic Health Record (EHR) was available, it became clear that we had to spread AWARE across the organization. Over a year of project approval committee meetings was needed to start the project, after which it was still not as easy as plug-and-play. We had designed a great tool for the clinical end-user to apply when caring for the most complex patient populations but the problem remained how to convert the clinician to using AWARE when they already had a system in place that, although not as valuable, was familiar. It took another year of weekly meetings with information technology (IT), nursing informatics, programmers and clinicians until we were finally able to deliver a complete and accurate tool that could be used by clinicians for patient care while enhancing their experience. A significant amount of time was needed to do the necessary connections from the vendor of our EHR to AWARE which highlights the lack of standardize language across EHRs as a barrier that undermines patient care each time a new EHR tool is implemented.
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