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SPOT Technology to Prevent Sepsis

With data from more than 30 million patient encounters in 2018 alone, we’re able to develop innovative new programs like our SPOT technology, an algorithm-driven, real-time monitoring system that uses predictive analytics to help clinicians “spot” potentially deadly sepsis infections.

HCA Healthcare has been recognized by the National Patient Safety Foundation and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices for making sure people who come to our facilities receive the safest possible care.


Using predictive analytics, we’ve developed innovative technology to SPOT potentially deadly sepsis.


One great example of how we deliver safe, high-quality care is with our Sepsis Prediction and Optimization of Therapy (SPOT) tool, an algorithm-based alerting system for the early detection of sepsis. Approximately 270,000 Americans die from sepsis each year, making it deadlier than breast cancer, prostate cancer and AIDS combined. The symptoms of sepsis are similar to those of many other illnesses, making diagnosis challenging. Studies have shown that early recognition followed by aggressive treatment increases patient survival chances significantly.

Our clinical and IT experts created SPOT using data from millions of hospitalizations. SPOT continuously monitors vital signs, lab results, nursing reports and other data that can inform treatment, and recognizes critical data points in patients’ electronic health records to quickly alert care teams to important, often subtle, changes in a patient’s condition so they can take appropriate action.

HCA Healthcare is also leveraging its scale and skills to increase patient safety with our:

  • Randomized Evaluation of Decolonization Versus Universal Clearance to Eliminate (REDUCE) MRSA study. This program, conducted in conjunction with investigators at Harvard University and several other academic institutions, as well as programs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), found that using antimicrobial soap and ointment to decolonize all ICU patients reduced bloodstream infections by 44% and MRSA by 37%. The CDC has since adopted this practice.
  • Enhanced Surgical Recovery (ESR) program, which has significantly reduced length of stay, blood loss, time to ambulation and complications while increasing patient satisfaction and keeping surgical pain well controlled, simultaneously limiting the need for opioids.

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