SDW news brief: Startup medical company aims to reduce errors

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, April 13, 2012

Baxter Webb, an MBA student at Vanderbilt University, Tenn., is developing an electronic paging system that aims to improve communication between physicians, nurses, and other practitioners, with the goal of reducing errors at hospitals and healthcare facilities. The product, developed by Webb's startup company MEDarchon, will be a secure application that allows practitioners to send text message pages to a Smartphone without interrupting other practitioners' workflows. Webb believes this to be an improvement over traditional paging methods that interrupt workflow.

The product hopes to make communication easier and faster. Webb notes that an estimated 70% of medical errors occur because of a lack of communication due to a fear of interrupting physicians with pages even when something is going wrong. MEDarchon plans to have a beta version of the electronic paging system available by summer 2012, with the fully-functioning product introduced in early 2013.
The Tennessean

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