CHARTSaaS RA-compliant IT solution can mitigate "failure to rescue"

“In medicine, code blues — which are used in hospitals to indicate that a patient needs immediate resuscitation, usually due to a heart attack or respiratory collapse, for example — often mean death for the patient despite the medical staff’s best efforts to save them.

Mark Farrow, VP HITS and CIO of Hamilton Health Sciences and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton in Hamilton, Canada, decided to explore using early detection technology to notify medical staff when a patient is heading for a code blue so that the care team could intervene and potentially save that patient’s life.

Nurses at Hamilton would record and monitor a patient’s vital signs, ‘but a lot of times they wouldn’t be entering it into the system in a timely manner,’ Farrow said. ‘It really doesn’t help to put it into the system two or three hours later and say, ‘Oh, your patient is going to have a code blue two hours ago.’”

In the foregoing quote from a February, 2017, TechTarget SearchHealthIT article by Kristen Lee entitled “Hospital uses early warning system technology to help save lives” (, Mark Farrow, VP HITS and CIO of Hamilton Health Sciences and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton in Hamilton, Canada, calls for “using early detection technology” to mitigate medical mistakes stemming from what healthcare providers refer to as “failure to rescue” (i.e. —  fatal patient adverse event resulting from a complication not recognized in a timely manner or treated appropriately). Such deaths, by definition, are preventable.

An app built using an IT solution compliant with the Cloud Healthcare Appliance Real-Time Solution as a Service (CHARTSaaS)™ integrated development environment (IDE) reference architecture (RA) can execute cloud-based continuous (non-stop) low latency processing, monitoring according to clinician-stipulated threshold values of time-related biomedical parameters and automatic staff notification when monitoring conditions are met. Please validate this proposition to your own satisfaction by reading the white paper at and then by reviewing the details of CHARTSaaS™ and the CHARTSaaS RA™ in these presentations:

Healthcare providers will benefit significantly from appreciating and then applying a CHARTSaaS RA-compliant IT solution. To do so will mitigate medical mistakes (currently the third leading cause of patient deaths. per Makaray and Daniel; thereby minimizing patient adverse events and optimizing clinical case outcomes while maximizing the cost-effectiveness of care and treatment, and also accelerating the accrual and facilitating the application of medical knowledge.

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