Early Warning System for General Internal Medicine (GIM) Patients
This project aims to enable physicians in General Internal Medicine (GIM) to better identify patients who are at risk of being transferred to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and/or of dying. Identifying a patient as high risk can lead to early intervention, which may prevent the necessity of transfer to the ICU, or death.
The creation of an ‘early warning system’ using near-real-time hospital data will be coupled with a clinical care pathway leading to early intervention and the possible prevention of adverse patient outcomes. Having a system to assist with identifying high-risk patients 12 to 24 hours in advance should lead to faster review of charts and the reduction in the number of high-risk patients that physicians fail to identify.
The anticipated outcomes of this ‘early warning’ system for GIM patients are improved patient care and reduced mortality.