Hopkins, Lockheed announce plan to create a better ICU

Johns Hopkins Medicine and defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. said Tuesday they would work together to create a safer and more efficient model for hospital intensive care units.

The Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at Hopkins and Lockheed will examine how technologies from the aerospace and defense industries can be used to reduce medical mistakes and improve patient safety and quality of care.

Hopkins officials said ICUs currently use piecemeal approaches that are prone to errors. They often contain 50 to 100 pieces of electronic equipment that may not communicate or work well together. Lockheed and Hopkins will look at ways to integrate the systems.


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