OpenBeds is partnering with state government to provide a cloud-based platform for hospitals within the state. OpenBeds enables hospitals to automate reporting of available critical beds, equipment, and trained clinicians across health care facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Automated reporting eases the hospital’s burden and enables federal and state reporting requirements.
System Features and Capabilities
Provides transparency and availability of units/beds, clinicians and equipment, along with the ability to rapidly add bed, clinician and equipment types and other features as required
The platform resides on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud with HIPAA-compliant access, authentication, and storage
Global network communications
Send alerts or messages simultaneously to all network members (with notification option)
Real-time bed availability
Ability to integrate ADT feeds from hospitals
Replace/supplement manual reporting
OpenBeds may supplement or replace existing manual reporting requirements
Real-time analytics and reporting
Aggregate and report local and regional capacity
Immediately available to an unlimited number of facilities and organizations; states, counties, health systems have access to data and communications within their prescribed network, which is part of the larger national network
Accessible and fully functional with all mobile and tablet devices which allows use in remote locations
Ability to post notifications, education materials and local directives that will be available for reference to all network members
Organization to organization digital messaging
Enable clinicians to request patient transfers or consults and manage the (re) distribution of critical equipment (e.g., ventilators) and personnel
Control network access
State, counties, health systems control network access and retain the right to approve network membership
Automated account creation
Intuitive interface requires no formal training (customer support available)
Available to ad hoc treatment resources
Any legitimate organization employed to provide pandemic treatment beds or resources may create an account and provide their services on the network, e.g., military field or ship hospitals
What Hospitals Are Saying
HCA North Carolina Division (Mission Hospital) recently completed integration with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) online COVID-19 collection site. The site, developed by Appriss/OpenBeds, was deployed to enable all North Carolina hospitals to submit their COVID-19 patient and resource counts into one simple, easy-to-use location.
OpenBeds created a standards-based web services API enabling health systems like Mission to easily and efficiently publish their COVID-19 lab results to the state with zero human involvement. This effectively replaces an online survey submitted daily by a Mission employee and ensures our employee, bed, and vent counts are always up to date. The benefits go far beyond automation for NC State reporting though. NC DHHS will also submit this information to the federal government on the hospital’s behalf, eliminating another daily, manual survey.
The integration was quick, streamlined, and efficient. The entire project took less than two weeks from inception to first data transmission. Resource requirements were light as well, leveraging a single web developer and a SQL architect for the clinical data mining.
The project also drove numerous other efficiencies at Mission. We used the infrastructure to enable automated county-level reporting, and the state solution created the foundation for more robust internal reporting.
In all, this was a great success! Mission is proud to be a founding member of a team producing a solution that will prove to be of enormous value to our state.Cameron Hurst