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Smart task assignment system for healthcare

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000244813D
Publication Date: 2016-Jan-18
Document File: 2 page(s) / 45K

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Abstract

This invention presents a method to ensure that the professional attending a patient is the fittest for the task by leveraging information related to its stress/health, which is monitored using wearable devices.

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Smart task assignment system for healthcare

The stress and tiredness of healthcare professionals has an impact on the patients. When an alarm warning a healthcare professional to go to a bed or a room is triggered, the alarm is neither targeted nor aware of the current stress/health conditions of the professionals likely to respond to it. This means that the attention being received by the person who activated the alarm will likely not be the best available.

    *A pager is like a targeted alarm, but lacks of the ability to select a healthcare professional based on their current status, in terms of health, stress and fatigue.

    The core idea is to make the professionals use wearables that will detect their stress and fatigue. When the alarm is triggered instead of (or in addition to) making the alarm sound, the system will get the fittest professional into the room so the patient receives the best possible attention. Non-targeted systems do not ensure that the person treating the patient is the most fit, or least tired, while this system

does. There are already investigations/products showing that measuring these indicators is possible.

    Tiredness->http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3274008/ Stress->https://www.empatica.com/product-embrace-experience
With this system in place, it would also be possible to get rid of the loud alarm altogether, since it causes distress to patients, and interrupts rest, making the recovery times slower.

Each of the professionals w...