Dr. Yu and the Twiage team pitched their observation unit tracker in the final round of Observation Unit Challenge to a panel of judges from Allscripts, Hill-Rom, OSF Healthcare, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Twiage’s tracker technology helps decrease patients’ length of stay and support clinical decision making. Twiage used the feedback from mentors and hospitals to improve their solution to address the specific problems that many health professionals faced. For example, the tracker includes a team chat feature which enhances communication and promotes situational awareness. Twiage’s observation unit tracker design emphasizes care team collaboration, which in turn helps reduce length of stay.
Twiage competed against fourteen other teams in MATTER’s Observational Unit Challenge. In the competition, health-tech entrepreneurs were given six months to develop new technology to support clinical decision making, improve patient education, and increase throughput in an observation unit setting. Observation units house patients who are not eligible for inpatient hospital admission, but whom physicians do not want to send home. Many health professionals find it difficult to decide which patients belong on in observation units, and what to do thereafter. Making the wrong decision can be costly. The technology developed by Twiage could help drive innovation in this important market segment.
Thank you to MATTER for the honor, and congratulations to the Twiage team!
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