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Data is Power: How Brilliant Machines are Transforming the Patient Experience

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The AgileTrac technology and the accumulation and analysis of data tap into GE Healthcare’s exploration into the possibilities of the Industrial Internet—an open global network that connects machines, people and data to remove $150B in waste from major industries like Healthcare.

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The AgileTrac Hand Hygiene technology is one example of how data driven hardware and software together can make a difference in hospital operations and patient care.

The AgileTrac Hand Hygiene technology is one example of how data driven hardware and software together can make a difference in hospital operations and patient care.

Its influence lies in its real-time, holistic view of how hospital resources are working, at any point in time, to care for a patient.

By expanding GE Healthcare’s AgileTrac RTLS reach with sensor tags, Summerville Medical Center was able to create a detailed record of each patient’s experience by accurately recording, measuring and reporting hand washing—all without affecting the existing workflow.

Each caregiver wears a badge that counts room entries and exits as well as the use of soap or sanitizer dispensers. The data collected from the system is used to model and characterize clinician-patient interactions, providing detailed data to help monitor and modify behavior. This automated system can collect up to 5,000 data points a day vs. 700 per year with previous manual observation.

The AgileTrac technology and the accumulation and analysis of data tap into GE Healthcare’s exploration into the possibilities of the Industrial Internet—an open global network that connects machines, people and data to remove $150B in waste from major industries like Healthcare.

GE is now using ‘big data’ in hospitals to track equipment, staff and even hand washing, to help cut back on infectious diseases. This example of how a new generation of connected machines can now speak to us, and each other is the focus of a CNBC’s “Rise of the Machines” broadcast.

The programme features four short documentaries that illustrate the power of this technology – one of which features AgileTrac’s Hand Hygiene technology at Summerville Medical Center.

GE Healthcare and HCA’s Summerville Medical Center recently announced the successful completion of a one-year pilot program in which real-time analytics were used to collate data that tracks hand hygiene compliance.

The collaboration was a concerted effort by the two parties to halt the spread of hospital-acquired infections (HAI) that have been on the rise not only in the U.S. but worldwide. Proper hand hygiene has been identified as one of the easiest and most effective ways in preventing these infections.

For more information about the documentary and web extras, log on to: http://www.cnbc.com/rise-of-the-machines.

The AgileTrac technology is the subject of a short documentary that is available to watch here.