Dr. Josh Medow, a practicing critical care physician and neurosurgeon at the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison, WI, found himself surrounded by critically ill patients and with limited human resources to care for them. This often meant that he could not devote as much time as he would have liked to care for brain dead or unsurvivable patients who might be organ donors. With a unit full of patients with good chances to survive his attention was often diverted from potential donors. Knowing that each potential donor may save up to eight other lives, Dr. Medow was compelled to find a way to do more to help those recipients.
Dr. Medow engaged IT expert, Tony Frey. Together they built his flow charts into algorithms and placed them into the hospital’s electronic medical record system with a series of order sets, text instructions, and best practice alerts. Functioning at the University of Wisconsin hospital for 5 years, it is now used to care for organ donors in all the critical care units at the hospital.
As Dr. Medow’s algorithms proved successful, the team began to develop similar algorithms which would assist in caring for other critically ill patients. The company, iVMD, was created to expand product offerings and to distribute those products to other hospitals and organ procurement organizations across the country.
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