The World Health Organization recently conducted its first global report on sepsis, finding that sepsis causes one in five deaths worldwide. Sepsis has a higher yearly mortality rate than AIDS, breast cancer, and prostate cancer, yet very few people outside of healthcare are aware of this condition. Additionally, sepsis contributes to nearly half of all hospital deaths in the U.S and is responsible for a total of approximately $7.2 billion of Medicare payments to hospitals.
As a clinician, you know that behind every patient chart, there’s a person who needs your help. Yet too often, clinicians are overwhelmed with patient data. That information is usually kept in disparate places, making it extremely challenging to look past a patient’s chart to understand their whole story.
You’ve probably heard the common saying, “if you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” This quote is credited to Peter Drucker, the man who invented modern business, and while he probably didn’t anticipate it to resonate specifically within the healthcare industry, it does.