Parkland Health & Hospital System has formed a non-profit research and development corporation, Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation, to specializes in the development of software that helps clinicians predict patient problems before they occur.
PIECES is a clinical decision support software system that reviews electronic health records, “reads” physician’s notes, analyzes and assesses data, and helps the clinician identify patients that are potentially at high risk for an adverse event. This software offers a portrait of patient risk that can be considered along with other factors by clinical decision makers.
In an environment where hospitals are subject to penalties for readmissions, the work of the PCCI has the potential to impact hospitals’ efforts in this area, Parkland says. This year, the hospital’s readmission penalty rates from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services were 10 times below the national average of similar safety-net hospitals.
The development of PIECES and other research has been funded by more than $4.5 million in grants from institutions including the National Institutes of Health, The National Cancer Institute, and the W.W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation of the Communities Foundation of Texas. Grants from The Commonwealth Fund and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, in particular, are designed to make PIECES available to other U.S. hospitals.