- Sean Benson, Vice President of Innovation, Wolters Kluwer Health
We discuss the following with Sean on this episode:
- The current problems with hospital IT: As patient data continues to grow rapidly, hospital systems struggle to turn the information into actionable data. Additionally, the disparities between silo’ed-clinical systems, such as pharmacy, labs and EHRs, force physicians to make care decisions based on fragmented information.
- Focus of the Wolters Kluwer Health Innovation Lab: Normalizing patient data from these disparate systems in order to create actionable, evidence-based advice at the point of care.
- The role POC Advisor™ plays in addressing these issues.
- Current pilot study at Alabama’s Huntsville Hospital: Reducing the mortality (by 53%!) and reducing costs associated with sepsis.
- Plans for HIMSS15
- Future applications: Work underway to apply POC Advisor to MEWS (Modified Early Warning Score). Future modules expected to include pneumonia, heart disease and diabetes.
Mr. Benson co-founded ProVation Medical in 1994, which was acquired by Wolters Kluwer in 2006. Currently, he manages the Innovation Lab, where he focuses on leveraging existing Clinical Solutions assets to bring new products to market. He created ProVation Medical’s coding software and co-developed the ProVation Multi-Specialty Platform, which set the stage for the company’s move into Cardiology, Orthopedics, Urology and General Surgery documentation. Sean has been closely involved in all aspects of the company’s business, including Product Management, Research & Development, Sales, Marketing and Client Services. Mr. Benson has a BA in Mathematics and Economics from St. Olaf College (1990), where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa.