Mobile Applications and Reporting Systems

At Mayo Clinic, Rapid Response Teams provide timely assessments of hospitalized patients who may need critical care interventions or to be transferred to a higher level of care. A Rapid Response Team often has no prior knowledge of a particular patient and must make a swift assessment of a situation based on a verbal history, the medical record, an examination, vital signs and any other available information.

The laboratory of Vitaly Herasevich, M.D., Ph.D., and Brian W. Pickering, M.B., B.Ch., is developing mobile (iPad) applications that bring pertinent, high-value data directly to the bedside.

To create this iPad application, Drs. Pickering and Herasevich began by studying existing methodologies to determine what information critical care providers need when responding to Rapid Response Team calls, so the application is built directly upon knowledge of providers' information needs.

The application also provides much-needed reporting data directly to the Rapid Response Team oversight committee at Mayo Clinic. This project explores several research themes in the health information technology-enabled acute care setting.