The Data Scientist - the WPC Healthcare Blog

Sepsis: Every Second Matters


Published by: Ray Guzman, CEO, WPC Healthcare

By now, you’ve seen our continued drive to help hospitals and healthcare organizations tackle their biggest challenge, diagnosis, and treatment of sepsis. When we started this effort, we were consistently amazed by the numbers. Even more surprising? In the last 42 years, there has not been a single technology or clinical advancement beyond the identification protocols that remain the “gold standard” for sepsis identification. We’re still deploying the screening processes. What’s missing? Those processes don’t take into account the precious value of time in the sepsis treatment equation.

With sepsis, time is what matters. Every hour delayed means an increased mortality of 7.6 percent. A thirty percent miss rate requiring additional testing and clinical identification means hours and lives lost. Couple the human element with the cost and expenses of readmissions, and it translates to $3.1 billion annually. Add the lack of communication between acute and post-acute providers, and you’ve got our current reality, an epidemic. Sepsis.

With protocols that haven’t changed in 42 years, how do we begin to save precious time, and most importantly, lives? By implementing a sepsis strategy that leverages big data and machine learning. The ability to identify patients most likely to acquire sepsis at the point of admission provides care teams with insights leading to protocol-based treatment, earlier.

Today, clinical indicators, beginning with a rise in blood pressure, occur on average 15 hours into the 36-hour decline from infection to death. EHR-based alert systems require additional validation and communication breakdowns between hospital staff and physicians all plagues the process.

With WPC’s unique sepsis solution, every healthcare organization now has the ability incorporate data science, giving precious minutes back to the clinical staff to save lives and reduce current and FUTURE expenses associated with readmissions and ongoing treatment.

That all sounds great on paper, but what does implementing a sepsis solution mean to an already taxed and stressed healthcare system?

It means collaboration. A meaningful partnership between clinicians and technology. It means hope. The hope and promise of saving more lives. The clock is ticking.