What will the hospital of the future look like?
Only two percent of all AI models developed reach production, and even fewer are eventually used in the clinic. The rest get bogged down in the concept stage. Even though the smart use of data is essential to safeguard care in the future. Michel van Genderen is a specialist in internal medicine and intensive care. He wants to harness data in such a way that it can be used to improve patient care, in the ICU and beyond. From bytes to bedside.
The power of using data in smart ways was demonstrated during the corona crisis, when every nurse and care professional was short of hands and time. The rapid upscaling of ICU capacity, which more than doubled, brought challenges. In order to learn quickly and maintain an overview, it was essential to have a real-time insight into the data, particularly because of our lack, in the early stages, of a clear understanding of the disease. “Working with the Researchsuite, an IT program at Erasmus MC, we were able to link different data sources and establish a real-time overview of all patients. As a result, we had a clear picture of all patients in intensive care at every moment of the day. This understanding of the data improved the quality of care because it meant that we were one of the first hospitals to know that the ventilator problems we had with COVID patients were partly due to blood clots in the lungs.
“After the COVID crisis, we pressed on. Our aim is to use advanced analytics (aka artificial intelligence) at the patient’s bedside: from bytes to bedside, in other words. To bring all the stakeholders together, we set up the Datahub. This is a physical space at the Erasmus MC where we want to doctors, nurses, IT staff, data engineers and data scientists to meet in order to optimise co-creation. In this way, we can learn from each other and have a clearer idea of what is needed in the clinic/in practice, and what is technologically possible. And particularly to see how this technology can be used to improve care and make it sustainable for the future,” says Van Genderen, who is one of the initiators of the Datahub. “In the meantime, we have access to more than 1 million data points for ICU patients from the past five years and, with our analytics partner SAS, TU Delft and the Researchsuite, we are looking for trends with potential predictive value in order to treat patients better in the future,” says Van Genderen.