Each year, five million people in the U.S. are hospitalized in one of the most complex and costly settings in health care: the intensive care unit (ICU). During their stay, there is significant risk of experiencing preventable harms - from infections and delirium to medical errors and a loss of dignity and respect.
These harms shouldn't happen. Yet the ICU, and other hospital settings, are not optimally designed to prevent these harms from occurring. Evidence-based practices are not always put into action, data is not always converted into knowledge at the point of care, communication gaps occur across the clinical care team and hospital rooms and processes are not engineered well. As a result, clinicians are not able to consistently deliver the quality of care patients and their families need or want.
Our goal is to change this by partnering with experts inside and outside the health profession to tackle the complexities of our health care delivery system.
We are working with some of the most progressive medical centers recognized for their work in patient safety, and we are pairing them with engineering and technology institutions known for transforming industries. Together, they are developing and testing new technologies and approaches that will alter how care is delivered so that we can eliminate preventable harms.