AI Partnership to Improve Pediatric Hospital Operations, Care Coordination

Health IT Analytics

25 Apr 2023
Children's Mercy Kansas City and GE HealthCare are collaborating to improve care with a hospital operations center driven by artificial intelligence.

"Most patients and families won't even know the command center exists, but they will significantly feel the impact – less waiting around for a bed and getting discharged quicker so they can go home that much sooner," said Robert Lane, MD, executive vice president and physician-in-chief at Children’s Mercy. "Making better informed decisions leads to better outcomes for our patients, families and our staff." 

Some of the improvements the health system has been able to enact since the hub’s deployment include:
  • Centralizing management of bed placement
  • Increasing the speed of bed placement and transfers by addressing potential delays, such as reducing the time patients wait in the emergency department 
  • Improving staffing through AI-based predictions of patient census and demand levels 24-48 hours in advance
  • Streamlining the discharge process by using real-time data and predictive analytics to track patient journeys and prioritize tasks that could delay discharge