A business system for intensive care – researchers follow IT project at Visby Hospital
Researchers at Uppsala University are leading a new collaborative project to study the implementation of a new IT system at Visby Hospital. The system can be compared to a classic business system, but for intensive care. The aim is to increase patient safety. Pär Ågerfalk, Professor of Information System and lead researcher in the new collaborative project, which includes, in addition to Uppsala University, both Region Gotland and Region Stockholm.
Visby Hospital will introduce a Patient Data Management System (PDMS). This entails total digitalisation of information management in anaesthesia, surgery, post-operative care and intensive care. All technical equipment will be able to communicate and deliver data to a single system.
The overall goal of introducing a Patient Data Management System is to create safer healthcare processes. An integrated IT system should help by minimising the risk of errors, thereby contributing to increased safety for patients. For the researchers at Uppsala University, the project is also interesting from a broader perspective.
A business system for intensive care
Pär Ågerfalk is Professor of Information Systems at Uppsala University and lead researcher in the new collaborative project that will study the implementation of PDMS at Visby Hospital. According to Pär Ågerfalk, it can be compared to a classic business system in companies, but adapted for intensive care.
– There are many different technical systems in use in intensive care. The patient is connected to these for purposes such as measuring blood pressure, oxygenation, and more. The problem is that the systems are not integrated; many need to be read manually. The aim of PDMS is to replace all manual handling, he says.
Pär Ågerfalk, professor at the Department of Informatics and Media at Uppsala University.