Huntsville Hospital’s Sepsis Fight

Stephen Claypool
Written by Stephen Claypool
on May 08, 2015

In my previous post, I discussed how a pilot study using our company’s clinical decision support (CDS) technology, POC Advisor™, was able to reduce a hospital’s sepsis-related mortality by 53 percent. One deciding factor in selecting the study location—Huntsville Hospital—was the 941-bed facility’s dedication to improving its performance. Over a six-month period, 9.5 percent of Huntsville’s patients with sepsis infection-related diagnoses died, compared to the national average of 8.5 percent. When the “Surviving Sepsis” campaign definition was applied, mortality rates increased to 38.5 percent for Huntsville and 19.4 for the national average during the same period. Read further >


Big Data: Hype and Reality

Christian Dirschl
Written by Christian Dirschl
on May 01, 2015

There’s no doubt that there is business in Big Data… as well as a lot of nonsense around it as well – with growing tendency! So the question is how to figure out the relevant aspects. BDVA is trying to address that on a pan-European level – and Wolters Kluwer is a part of that journey!

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Accelerating Adoption of Medical Evidence into Clinical Practice

Linda Peitzman
Written by Linda Peitzman
on April 13, 2015

Patients expect doctors to hold themselves to the highest standards, including an expectation that the care they provide is based upon the latest medical evidence and best practices. But while doctors work diligently to stay current with all of the changes in medicine, it is a nearly impossible task. The volume of clinical information is estimated to double every 3-5 years—while a physician’s capacity to recall and organize relevant medical information remains static. Read further >


Patient-Centric Decision Support to Battle Sepsis

Stephen Claypool
Written by Stephen Claypool
on March 23, 2015

Every doctor worries about missing a diagnosis that leads to a patient’s death. Even more upsetting is the knowledge that the data needed to save that life was in the patient’s record, but just out of the doctor’s reach. Such is usually the case with sepsis—the body’s often-fatal immune response to infection that can escalate rapidly and lead to organ failure and septic shock. Read further >


When Archeologists and Computer Scientists Talk About Legal Matters

Christian Dirschl
Written by Christian Dirschl
on February 27, 2015

I had the privilege and pleasure to be present at one of these rare occasions.

Experts from different domains, personal histories, and backgrounds will work together in the coming years. They all push toward making the creation and maintenance of data-intensive systems and applications more efficient.

Or to put it simply: ALIGNED was born!

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Traveling Salesman Problem

Christian Dirschl
Written by Christian Dirschl
on January 26, 2015

I heard about this topic - which finds the shortest distance between a large number of cities – for the first time during my university studies back in the late 80’s. I found it stunning at that time, that such a problem with an obvious high economic relevance was quite hard to tackle. The name itself always triggered another association in me, which is the Death of a Salesman novel and the movie adaption with Dustin Hoffman and young John Malkovich from 1985, which still impresses and saddens me today.

Yet, today I want to talk about why I feel like a Traveling Salesman in 2015.

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News from the far North

Christian Dirschl
Written by Christian Dirschl
on December 19, 2014

No, I am not talking about Santa Claus today, but Finland. What comes to mind? Maybe Nokia, Teemu Selänne, or even IKEA (sorry, that is Sweden).

When thinking about Finland, people over here would say: smart, but definitely crazy. So, actually a perfect place for innovative people to meet. Today I want to talk about cool stuff from Finland – like Leningrad Cowboys or Aki Kaurismäki. It’s an annual event about the future of tech, knowledge and media, called Mindtrek Conference!

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