IDG’s Computerworld Honors Program named Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), in a collaboration with LiveData Inc, Cambridge, Mass, as a 2013 Laureate. The annual award program honors visionary applications of information technology promoting positive social, economic, and educational change.

MGH and LiveData engaged in a technological and clinical collaboration to develop patient-centric communication tools designed to promote teamwork, enhance operational efficiency, and support a culture of safety. MGH served as the domain experts for the project delivering clinical and workflow expertise. LiveData provided experience in real-time integration, data analysis, and visualization.

The project, MGH’s Perioperative Workflow Redesign, resulted in this year’s Computerworld Honors Program designation of MGH and LiveData as Laureates, in the Collaboration category. In any operating room, massive quantities of data are produced and consumed as each patient is treated. The data passes through a variety of medical therapy and monitoring systems. These systems are silos of information and do not communicate with others. Monitoring the diverse systems and cognitively integrating critical information diverts care givers from patient care and can degrade patient safety.

The collaboration of MGH and LiveData has delivered:

  • Automated workflow processes supporting patient safety and workflow efficiency
  • Real-time interactive displays from OR devices and hospital information systems
  • Patient tracking and management systems throughout the OR
  • Clinical decision support strengthening best practices and patient safety initiatives, and
  • Measurement tools to track process improvement and clinical compliance.