News | February 25, 2008

Patient Safety Screening Tool Tackles In-Hospital Infections, Focuses on Sepsis

February 26, 2008 - Microsoft Corp. released at HIMSS 2008 its Patient Safety Screening Tool (PSST), a software-based solution designed to help identify potential adverse events that occur during hospitalization, featuring a set of indicators that provide information on potential in-hospital complications following surgeries and medical procedures.

Its first module, Patient Safety Screening Tool for Sepsis, a deadly infection that strikes an estimated 750,000 people annually in the U.S., according to Microsoft Corp. The module is built on the Microsoft platform, the solution leverages Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Microsoft SQL Server 2005, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 and Microsoft InfoPath (Office 2007 version), and is supported and delivered by Microsoft partner Accent on Integration (AOI), with clinical direction from Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC).

With highly adaptable codes that can reportedly be modified to any customer environment, the PSST for Sepsis is designed to provide rapid implementation with minimal configuration.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is currently conducting a pilot project in which Microsoft’s PSST for Sepsis is assisting with the early detection of the disease. The solution relies on integration with bedside medical equipment data as well as lab and registration data, so that clinical workflow items can be automated to prevent the rise of sepsis. At VUMC, all of this information can be communicated to the PSST through a remote patient-monitoring solution called Vigilance from Acuitec.

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