LiveData Healthcare Papers

Published Articles

Outperform the Competition: Hospital Value-Based Purchasing
(Published in Patient Safety Quality Healthcare, July/August 2012)
By Jeffrey Robbins, CEO, LiveData, Inc.
Competition to capture the highest incentive payments from the Medicare Hospital Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Program is going to be very tight... But there's a way to gain an edge. 

Outperform the Competition: Hospital Value-Based Purchasing - Part II: How Innovative Technology Helps Capture the Highest Incentive Payments
(Published in Patient Safety Quality Healthcare, July/August 2012)
By Jeffrey Robbins, CEO, LiveData, Inc.
Appropriate use of technology makes a significant impact on the infrastructure of the high-performance hospital and can reinforce the hospital’s capacity to sustain improvement and rise above its competitors in the Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Program. 

Hospital Checklists: Transforming Evidence-Based Care and Patient Safety Protocols into Routine Practice
(Published in Critical Care Nursing Quarterly, April/June 2011)
By Jeffrey Robbins, CEO, LiveData, Inc.
Drawing on research, recent initiatives, and the company’s experience in high-acuity units, this article explores the implications and challenges of implementing checklists in today’s hospitals. 

Keeping It Real in the OR
(Published in Health Management Technology, February 2011)
By Philip Brzezinski, VP Healthcare, LiveData, Inc.
Better communication, a culture of teamwork, methods for encapsulating patient safety protocols and standards for evidence-based care, electronic health information systems and the ability to measure the success of patient safety initiatives are all steps in the right direction, but they must be brought together proactively to significantly change and improve patient care in hospitals. 

Automating Patient Safety: Complying with the Joint Commission Universal Protocol
(Published in Healthcare magazine, July/August 2009)
By Gabriel Spitz, ScD, MSIE, Director of Human Factors, LiveData, Inc.
The article assesses modifications to the Universal Protocol and recent technological advances for ensuring full compliance. Established in 2004, the Universal Protocol was updated in 2008, in large part to address the fact that incidents of wrong site surgery had not decreased during the intervening years. 

Synchronizing an X-ray and Anesthesia Machine Ventilator: A Medical Device Interoperability Case Study
(Published at the University of Pennsylvania, Departmental Papers [CIS], 2009)
By David Arny, Julian M.Goldman, Susan F. Whitehead, Insup Lee
Read about an exploration of the interconnection of a ventilator and simulated x-ray into a prototype plug-and-play medical device system. This work assists ongoing interoperability framework development standards efforts to develop functional and non-functional requirements and illustrates the potential patient safety benefits of interoperable medical device systems by implementing a solution to a clinical use case requiring interoperability. 

A Dashboard for the PACU: Given a Window into the OR, Recovery Nurses Transform Work Methods
(Published in Patient Safety and Quality Healthcare, September / October 2008)
By Scott Ciesielski, RN, MS; Bethany Daily, MHA; Wilton C. Levine, MD
Clinicians at Massachusetts General Hospital in collaboration with LiveData, Inc. have designed, developed, and introduced an innovative tool to help reduce the level of uncertainty in the PACU and facilitate hand-offs from the OR. Read about how this window into the OR has prompted PACU nurses to transform their work style from reactive to proactive. 

St. Joseph Mercy Hospital: SCIP Compliance and the Role of Concurrent Documentation
(Published in Patient Safety and Quality Healthcare, January / February 2008)
By Kevin C. Brennan, CCP, MSA, Chief Perfusionist and Surgery Service Integration Lead. St. Joseph Mercy Hospital; Gabriel Spitz, ScD, MSIE, Director of Human Factors, LiveData, Inc. 
Read how SJMH is implementing software from LiveData, Inc. that will monitor SCIP compliance and enable “concurrent documentation.” Concurrent documentation will ensure that relevant information is available for analysis and reporting. This in turn will enable staff to assess compliance with SCIP guidelines, identify documentation errors that affect reimbursement, and respond accordingly. View PDF…

A Computerized Perioperative Data Integration and Display System
(Published in International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery, January 2007- online version)
Mark A. Meyer MD MPH, Wilton C. Levine, Marie T. Egan, Brett J. Cohen, Gabriel Spitz, Patricia Garcia, Henry Church, Warren S. Sandberg 
Read about the Massachusetts General Hospital prototype system that integrates data from surgical and anesthesia devices and information systems, as well as an active radiofrequency identification location tracking system, to create a comprehensive, unified, time-synchronized database of all digital data produced by these systems.

Clinical Dashboards: Impact on Workflow, Care Quality, and Patient Safety
(Published in Critical Care Nursing Journal, September 2006)
Marie Egan, MS, RN
Read about the development of LiveData OR-Dashboard for the Operating Room of the Future (Massachusetts General Hospital) and how this technology could conceivably be applied to ICU units. 

Implementation of a Computerized Perioperative Data Integration and Display System
Mark A. Meyer MD MPH, Wilton C. Levine MD, Marie Egan RN MS, Jeffrey Robbins, Gabriel Spitz, ScDe, Warren S. Sandberg MD PhD; HIMSS, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. February 2006
Through a collaborative effort, LiveData, Inc., Aptima Inc., and Massachusetts General Hospital developed a system that integrates perioperative data from anesthesia and surgical devices and operating room (OR) / hospital information systems and projects the real-time integrated data as a single, unified, easy to visualize display. 

Computer Automated Total Perioperative Situational Awareness and Safety Systems
Wilton C. Levine MD, Mark Meyer MD MPH, Philip Brzezinski, Jeffrey Robbins, Warren S. Sandberg MD PhD; Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery, June 2005
Most patient information from the operating room (OR) passes through various unrelated systems that created it, mostly going unnoticed and unrecorded. 

Setting a Research Agenda for Perioperative Systems Design
Warren S. Sandberg MD PhD, Timothy Ganous MPA, Charles Steiner ME;Seminars in Laparoscopic Surgery, June 2003
Perioperative care may be considered as a system amenable to industrial design approaches. The current care model is disjointed, prone to breakdown by failure of one component, and hostile to personnel.