Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh to Develop Pediatric Version of Rothman Index

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC is partnering with Rothman Healthcare in the development of a pediatric version of the Rothman Index, according to a news release.

The Rothman Index, which is currently used in adult patient populations, quantifies a patient's condition (based on vital signs, nursing assessments and lab results) displayed in a user-friendly graphical format. The graphs serve as a backup to the expert care of physicians and nurses, providing a historical context for patient care. The Rothman Index can draw attention to gradual but important health declines that can be difficult to detect when a patient is handed off between multiple physicians and nurses. By providing a clear picture of patient health declines, rapid response teams can be deployed more effectively.


"Today, our clinicians at the bedside can access a massive amount of data about each of their patients. We believe that advanced tools such as the Rothman Index will transform and display that data to facilitate the team conversations necessary to monitor, plan and improve care, especially at handoffs and transitions," said James E. Levin, MD, PhD, Children's chief medical information officer. "For Children's, the Rothman Index will be the start of fully leveraging our EMR data to set a new standard for pediatric care delivery."

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