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Saving children’s lives with data

Data and reports are unlikely tools for heroes. But the team at Texas Children’s Hospital (Houston, Texas, U.S.A.) is analyzing patient information and tracking clinical results to help improve care for vulnerable, critically ill children.

A recent success story outlines some of the many ways Texas Children’s is using Allscripts EPSi™ to support clinical initiatives throughout the organization. One example of these efforts is helping infants who have difficulty swallowing.

Better evaluation of babies with swallowing difficulty, to reduce risk of aspiration

Children who do not swallow safely are at risk for feeding and respiratory problems. Unfortunately, the primary tool to assess swallowing disorders is invasive and its radiation may have long-term negative effects.

Occupational therapists approached Senior Decision Support Analyst Mary Watson with a request to develop a way to identify infants at risk for aspiration. Using EPSi, Watson could identify NICU patients who were: 1) less than six months old, 2) had a swallow study, and 3) had occupational therapy evaluations.

“Texas Children’s is looking for the best and most appropriate intervention for these babies,” Watson said. Data from this initiative is having a direct clinical impact, according to occupational therapist Rose Toruno.

“Knowing which clinical signs to watch for at each age helps me determine what will work best to prevent aspiration for each infant,” said Toruno. “The results of the study have changed the way we practice at the bedside.”

This is just one of many examples of how Texas Children’s is using EPSi and other data to save children’s lives. To learn more about others – including an initiative that helped improve survival rates for children on Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy (CRRT) from 38.8% to 62.7% – download this free success story.

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