Tampa General opens high-tech clinical command center

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Tampa (Fla.) General Hospital launched a new "mission control" center Aug. 20 to improve patient care and cut costs with the help of artificial intelligence and predictive analytics.

The CareComm center, developed in partnership with GE Healthcare, features 20 "tiles" running apps using AI and predictive analytics to monitor patient flow and provide decision-making support to clinicians. The tiles are displayed across 38 screens in the center and are constantly updated with live data to help CareComm's clinical team of physicians, nurses and allied health professionals better coordinate patient care.

Tampa General is one of just five health systems in GE Healthcare's Command Center Ecosystem, joining The Johns Hopkins Health System in Baltimore, Humber River Hospital in Toronto, AdventHealth Orlando and Tacoma, Wash.-based CHI Franciscan, which launched its own AI-powered center earlier this month.

Prior to the 8,000-square-foot center's official launch, Tampa General established a temporary CareComm facility. Since its December opening, the temporary center has already helped the hospital reduce patient length of stay by about half a day, resulting in savings of about $10 million.

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