The Johns Hopkins University medical unit that oversees patient safety and quality has announced it will collaborate with Lockheed Martin to attempt to improve how electronic systems work together in intensive care units.
Peter Pronovost, director of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, said the organizations will work to streamline complex systems whose current incompatibilities can put lives in danger.
“A hospital ICU contains 50 to 100 pieces of electronic equipment that may not communicate to one another nor work together effectively,” said Pronovost. “When an airline needs a new plane, they don’t individually select the controls systems, seats and other components and then try to build it themselves.”
Johns Hopkins’ announcement said a consolidated system could better inform doctors which patients are at the most immediate risk when multiple patients require attention.
The organizations will conduct their work with mannequins that mimic real-life responses to stimuli in a lab with simulation capabilities and an engineering workshop.
“Flight simulators and systems integration revolutionized the aerospace industry and similar concepts can be applied to increase effectiveness and efficiency of the healthcare industry,” said Ray Johnson, Lockheed Martin senior vice president and chief technology officer.
Robert Szczerba, Lockheed’s corporate director of healthcare innovation, has also accepted an invitation to serve on the Armstrong Institute’s advisory board. In that position, he will provide insight into how advanced aerospace and defense technologies can help improve patient safety and quality of care.