PatientPing, a Boston-based physician-notification startup, is expanding its service to Vermont, in an agreement with that state to put its software in hospitals across the state to try to improve patient care by boosting communication among providers.
The Boston Herald reported that PatientPing alerts physicians when patients are admitted to emergency rooms or see specialists. For example, primary-care physicians could get alerts when their patients are admitted to emergency rooms, and again when they are discharged or moved within hospitals. The alerts only include admission information.
“Doctors can also make a list of high-risk patients who, for example, are elderly or have chronic conditions for closer monitoring,” the Herald reported.
But, we might ask, how much more real-time communication can clinicians take in their increasingly frantic lives?