Top 10 Predicted First Time Solution Investments by U.S. Hospitals in 2018: Patient Acuity and Transfusion Management

HIMSS Analytics

We're predicting the technologies that U.S. hospitals will have largest increases in first time investment in 2018. We've reached the 2nd and 1st ranked technologies our models indicate are in position for largest growth.

The predictions are based on installation data for 51 technologies from HIMSS Analytics LOGIC and LOGIC Predict, the predictive analytics engine within the platform. The base was the current footprint of 5,495 U.S. hospitals, 100% of the hospitals in the U.S.

At number two we see Patient Acuity and at the number one position, we find Transfusion Management.

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#2 – Patient Acuity

The solution with the 2nd most first time solution investments by hospitals in 2018 is Patient Acuity. Based on our predictions, we expect to see 167 U.S. hospitals buy this technology for the first time in 2018, resulting in a 3% increase in adoption.

In LOGIC, Patient Acuity is defined as: “An application that allows nurses or clinical applications to create and track acuity ratings for patients that can be used to project scheduling needs for nursing services based on needed or required nursing skill levels.”

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Other notable information relevant to Patient Acuity

The American Nurses Association has a great explanation of Patient Acuity/Classification Systems (PCAS) and outlines eight Keys to Successful implementation of a PCAS solution:
“… reflecting best practices in evidence-based leadership must be applied to the process. In summary, the eight keys are:

  • Commitment – Create and foster a high level of commitment at all levels of the organization to ensure the system works well.
  • Clarity – Establish widespread clarity and understanding of the new PCAS system. The purpose of the system is to assure appropriate levels of staffing.
  • Coordination – Appoint a Patient Classification/Acuity System Coordinate.
  • Education – All levels of staff need to have a common knowledge about the system, its purpose, and their role in making it work.
  • Expertise – Build expertise using the PCAS should be an organization goal.
  • Involvement – All levels of nursing staff need to be involved in the implementation and ongoing maintenance of the system.
  • Communication – Create multiple opportunities and venues for communication about the PCAS system.
  • Evaluation – Use a metrics based approach, including patient ratings, to evaluate the system and its effectiveness."

#1 – Transfusion Management

The solution with the most first time solution investments by hospitals in 2018 is Transfusion Management. Based on our predictions, we expect to see 188 U.S. hospitals buy this technology for the first time in 2018, resulting in a 3.4% increase in adoption.

In LOGIC, Transfusion Management is defined as “A software system which provides automated support for highly regulated blood processes to reduce transfusion errors, improve patient safety and maximize operational efficiency. Can include bar coding support for specimen tracking and blood products administration”

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Other notable information relevant to Transfusion Management

The American Red Cross publishes a set of guidelines entitled A Compendium of Transfusion Practice Guidelines Third Edition 2017:
“Transfusion of the appropriate blood component in the appropriate setting can be a life-saving medical intervention, but because of inherent risks should be administered only when clinically necessary and, ideally, evidence-based. Blood is a vital but limited resource. Good stewardship is therefore essential to ensure blood availability when transfusion is truly indicated. Patient Blood Management (PBM) is a multifaceted discipline that encompasses these concepts.

Blood transfusion is the most commonly performed medical procedure, occurring in 11 percent of patients. In 2013, the American Hospital Association identified blood utilization in inpatient services as one of five areas for hospitals to focus on to reduce non-beneficial care. Per capita transfusions in the US are higher than in other Western countries, and practices vary widely.”

For other technologies predicted to have the most first time growth in 2018 read more in the complete Top 10 below:

1. Transfusion Management

2. Patient Acuity

3. Asset Tracking/Management

4. Real Time Location Tracking (RTLS)

5. Laboratory - Molecular Diagnostics

6. Population Health Management

7. Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

8. Pharmacy Workflow Systems

9. Oncology Information System

10. Obstetrical Systems (Labor and Delivery)

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