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New Uniphy Sentinel™, implemented by JCMC- RWJBarnabas Health to identify patients at risk for sepsis, alerts appropriate care team members, and manages response while avoiding alert fatigue.

Sept. 7 2016, Newark, NJ – Uniphy Health – a leader in mobile solutions for clinical collaboration and communications – today announced the wide-scale availability of its Sentinel sepsis alerting solution. Uniphy Sentinel is being deployed on the Uniphy Health Platform at Jersey City Medical Center (JCMC) RWJBarnabas Health, a 325-bed urban tertiary care center in Jersey City, NJ.

Currently, many hospitals do not have a dedicated sepsis alerting system and manage their sepsis alerts through ad hoc systems that combine both automated and manual processes. These existing systems may respond too slowly, may not recognize the signs of sepsis soon enough, or send too many “false” or insignificant alerts, leading to alert fatigue among hospital staff.

Uniphy Health’s Sentinel solution for sepsis draws on predictive analytics to assess which patients are septic and/or at risk for septic shock. The system monitors more than seventy clinical features in real-time including body temperature, heart rate, respiratory rate, white blood cell count, medication lists, blood culture reports, diagnostic imaging and clinicians’ progress notes. Sentinel can be integrated with the hospital’s EHR and can also take in laboratory and pharmacy data feeds.

Utilizing this methodology, Sentinel minimizes the risk of alert fatigue with 75 percent fewer alerts and delivers only alerts for high-value tasks and only to care team members best positioned to respond to a high-value issue.

“Sepsis is deadly in both acute and post-acute care settings,” said Dr. Stuart Hochron, co-founder and chief medical officer, Uniphy Health. “We are confident that Sentinel’s predictive analytics and automated response management, which sends only high-risk alerts to the right clinicians will deliver an immediate positive impact on patient outcomes – for JCMC- RWJBarnabas Health and other facilities that implement the solution on the Uniphy Health Platform.”

Every year, septic shock – a physiological response to infection in which the body shuts down its own organ systems – strikes more than one million Americans, up to 50 percent of who die as a result. Septic shock typically occurs in acute care settings and nursing home environments. In addition, hospitals spend an average of $23.6 billion annually for sepsis care, making it the most expensive condition treated by hospitals.[1]

Uniphy Sentinel is a commercially available version of a sepsis and failure-to-rescue alerting system called the Military Acuity Model™ originally developed in conjunction with the United States Air Force. Using the unique Military Acuity Model to identify Tasks-at-Risk®, this precursor to Sentinel is credited with an 87 percent improvement in lives saved – an almost unheard of improvement in clinical outcomes.

“We are deploying Uniphy Sentinel to provide our care team physicians and nurses with secure, real-time alerts and put them in the best position to act on high-value messages that, if missed or delayed, pose a high risk to our patients’ lives,” said Dr. Kenneth Garay, chief medical officer, JCMC- RWJBarnabas Health. “We have worked with Uniphy Health[2] for five years and have implemented various secure communications tools that have already reduced inpatient communication delays between physicians and other care team members and helped improve outcomes. I am looking forward to seeing the results from the implementation of Sentinel.”

Dr. Garay continued, “JCMC-RWJBarnabas Health is a hospital on the leading edge of using innovative mobile communication and collaboration technologies to improve patient health and help care professionals work more effectively. The Uniphy Health Platform makes it easy for us to configure, test and deploy new solutions such as Sentinel. We look forward to this exciting next chapter in our relationship.”

About Uniphy Health

Uniphy Health provides clinical communication and collaboration solutions that are used in acute and post-acute care settings to help medical teams work more effectively and improve outcomes. Additionally, the company serves the patient community and caregivers at home and in nursing facilities, and helps healthcare systems address operational and financial challenges.

Military Acuity Model™ and Tasks-at-Risk® are registered trademarks of ProcessProxy Corporation.

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[1] According to a Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project report.

[2] Uniphy Health was created through the merger of Practice Unite and Uniphy Health in March 2016.