Booz Allen Hamilton

Leveraging Advanced Data Collection and Analysis to Reduce Client Risks

Helping Hospitals Measure Efficacy of Treatment Standards and Improve Detection of Healthcare Associated Infections

Booz Allen Hamilton worked with the Sisters of Mercy Health System, a St. Louis-based hospital system, to reduce the incidence and mortality rates of severe sepsis and septic shock (S4). This group of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) kills hundreds of thousands of patients a year nationwide. Working with Booz Allen, the Sisters of Mercy Health System developed new methods to track compliance with international standards of severe sepsis treatment and diagnose potential cases more quickly. Download the full case study.

Finding and Subduing Sepsis

Concerned with sepsis in their own hospitals, the Sisters of Mercy Health System had three objectives: harness the value of patient information to diagnose more quickly; decrease the time between official diagnosis and implementation of the standard of care; and lower mortality rates and overall health costs.

Tracking Compliance, Improving Detection

The Sepsis Intervention Outcomes Research (SIOR) project developed an analytical framework to allow for more efficient computation and discovery of underlying relationships. SIOR found that only 17 percent of hospitals followed best practices to treat S4 within six hours of diagnosis and that increased compliance to international guidelines for treatment is correlated with a decrease in patient mortality.

Helping the Sisters of Mercy Be Ready for What’s Next

This ongoing project provides insights into how hospitals can lower sepsis-related costs, which frees money for other patient care and other priorities. SIOR has already been a use case for advanced analytics to help fight other HAIs and assist other disciplines. The joint team is presenting ECO as a model for augmented natural language processing.