the value of technology


“Part of my job is to test the value of technology,” says Mullen. “Value is the kind of word people say with suits, but it’s just about what we promise our customers, and today our promise is that through technology they will get an earlier and more accurate diagnosis of cancer and infections in the emergency room.

“Today, a doctor presents questions to different systems and he has to make the connection in his head, with our system, he will not have to do so many connections himself but will already see the interesting data together on the screen. Let him be free for other things.

“The doctor can tell the system, ‘I want to know right away when these tests are repeated, but if the results are within this range and there is no need to inform me that doctors hate false tests, they can ask a general question,’ Is there a kidney problem, There is an infection, and the system will recommend the tests that need to be done and give an answer, and the doctors are the ones who define the questions and what will activate the warning lights. “

Can the system not be mistaken or miss something unusual that would raise a doctor’s suspicion?

“They told me about one hospital that had a regular guest in the ER – a homeless alcoholic – he would arrive at night, get treatment for his side effects, and go back to the street.” One day, he got up and shouted, ‘Look, someone is having a heart attack!’ “His life was saved because of the homeless person, so that means something about the chance of being missed because of the machine, as opposed to the chance to miss it without the machine.”

Does your system also receive information from systems of other companies?

“We intend to take background information from the national medical record when there is one, and our system will be open to integrate all the systems if there is a uniform standard for everyone.” At the moment, a standard called Fhir seems promising, I do not think we will see the day when all the information will be fed into one common system The companies that collect information at the hospital or for a cancer patient, and we will probably have to make do with being a community. “