IBM will market and implement “smart room” technology developed by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Created by UPMC three years ago, the high-tech SmartRoom was first deployed at UPMC Shadyside. As part of the set-up, clinicians wear ultrasound tags that identify them and display their names on a wall-mounted monitor visible to patients. At the same time, the SmartRoom infrastructure automatically provides clinicians with real-time patient information pulled from an electronic medical record, including allergies, vital signs, test results and medications that are due. The information shown on the caregiver’s monitor is tailored to the needs of the specific worker. A hostess who delivers meal trays, for example, will see only dietary orders and allergy information. A doctor will see different information than a nurse. The software helps to determine which tasks should be completed in which order to most effectively and safely care for patients. It alerts the appropriate caregiver by mobile device or offer prompts when clinicians enter the room.

The Smart Room is the result of a $50 million co-development fund created by UPMC and IBM in 2005. For more information, visit


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