May 17, 2020

Why less cancer patients are dying in US hospitals than others

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Fewer cancer patients are dying in United States hospitals than other developed countries.
According to a new international study by the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA), fewer cancer patients are dying in United States hospitals...

According to a new international study by the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA), fewer cancer patients are dying in United States hospitals than other developed countries.

In 2010, 22.2 percent of cancer patients in the U.S. died in the hospital compared to 70 percent in the 1980s. It is the lowest rate of the countries in the study, which includes Belgium, Canada, England, Germany, the Netherlands and Norway.

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The international Consortium for End-of-Life Research systematically examined patterns of care, healthcare utilization and expenditures in senior patients older than 65 who died from cancer in hospitals in 2010.

“The essential take-away from the study is that there is great variability across the nations in end-of-life practices, but we know now that we can reduce the intensity of care at the end of life in the U.S. and in other nations, and we know we need to move end-of-life care out of hospitals,” said University of Pennsylvania MD Justin Bekelman.

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“We know that end-of-life care is expensive, intensive and not consistent with the wishes of our patients, and we also know that too many patients are still dying in the hospital in the U.S., but what we didn’t know is how the U.S. compares with other countries.”

In addition, the study also reveals American patients who do indeed pass away while in the hospital spend fewer days there during the final six months of their lives.

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However, more than twice as many U.S. patients who pass away from cancer are admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) and receive more chemotherapy in the final six months of their lives.

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May 24, 2021

Schneider Electric's intelligent patient room: need to know

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We take a look at Schneider Electric's new smart patient room. 

Schneider Electric has launched a virtual showcase that features its new "intelligent patient room". What is it exactly? 

Who: Schneider Electric is a multinational that develops energy and automation solutions for many different industries - including hospitality, education, defence, and healthcare. Founded in 1836, today it is a Fortune 500 company, and it currently provides technology to 40% of hospitals around the world, among them Penn Medicine, one of the top hospitals in the US where Schneider's EcoStruxure for Healthcare is deployed, an IoT solution. 

What: Schneider has launched its Innovation Experience Live Healthcare Lab, an immersive experience that takes visitors through a demonstration of a hospital, including the doctor’s office, the operating room, and the intelligent patient room. 

The room features a digital patient footwall - a touchscreen that creates a single reference point for patients, families and healthcare providers, by incorporating care information, entertainment and environmental controls all in one place.  A separate digital patient door display has important information for healthcare staff. 

All Schneider's equipment is low-voltage, and integrated so that the patient room, clinical needs and IT are all seamlessly connected, what Schneider calls a digital “system of systems.”

Why:  Mike Sanders, Customer Projects & Services in Healthcare Innovation at Schneider Electric, explains: “The hospital of the future will need to put the patient experience at the forefront, using innovative and connected systems to provide superior in-hospital care experiences.” 

“With the shift to remote work and business brought forth by the pandemic, we knew that we needed to invest in a new virtual experience that showcases our vision for a truly integrated healthcare experience. We believe our intelligent patient room is the solution that our healthcare partners and customers have been looking for, and we’re excited to offer a way for them to experience it no matter where they are in the world.”

Where: The virtual experience was modelled after the new innovations installed at Penn Medicine in Philadelphia, the first real-world installation of Schneider Electric’s fully integrated intelligent patient room technology. It is currently being hosted at the company’s St. Louis Innovation Hub and Innovation Executive Briefing Center (IEBC) facility.  

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