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Severe sepsis is the tenth leading cause of death worldwide and costs hospitals over U.S.$16.7 billion each year (Angus, DC et al. Critical Care Medicine, 2001; 29:1303-1310). Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) decided to develop a technology-based patient screening tool to help its clinicians more effectively detect and manage sepsis. Physicians at VUMC collaborated with the healthcare application developers at Accent on Integration to create the Patient Safety Screening Tool (PSST) for Sepsis. The new tool was built using the guidelines in the Microsoft Connected Health Framework Architecture and Design Blueprint. VUMC anticipates that using the PSST for Sepsis solution will reduce the frequency and severity of sepsis through early detection and improved compliance with treatment standards.
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