Technology is making it easier for clinicians to do their jobs, especially when it matters. Take a look at how products like VisuFlow are making the process of patient care more precise to ensure quality and safety.
Inefficient delivery of patient care is a significant cause of rising health care costs. Traditional methods of documenting complex processes and workflows do not translate well into the health care setting. Fortunately, an innovative hospital employee, Vinh Ton, has come up with a solution that he submitted to our Innovation Lab in Newport Beach, Calif.
Ton created “VisuFlow,” a health care process and workflow diagramming tool that consists of a collection of health care-centric stencils and templates for use in Microsoft® Visio®. VisuFlow augments Visio® mapping capabilities and helps hospital staff simplify complex processes using visual flowcharts. The stencils represent the people, places, and equipment across the health care continuum, including patient, doctor, nurse, administrator, clinic building, wheelchair, and gurney. This tool is intended to ease the task of documenting and communicating health care operations to a diverse audience. The stencils are simple to install and can be used by all levels of Visio® users. VisuFlow diagrams can be displayed on computers, tablets, and big screens for easy viewing and access.
“Documenting complex processes with text-heavy manuals is inefficient and can lead to error,” said Ton, a hospital business intelligence analyst. “People can process visual cues 60,000 times faster than text,” he explained.
Shapes can be configured in thousands of ways, depending on the user’s needs, including the ability to link external data to shapes and rapidly communicate process changes within the health care environment. Data can be stored in linked spreadsheets and forwarded as reports.
VisuFlow can track acuity, adoption, collaboration, facilities and patient experiences. Critical workflows, including inspection of surgical equipment and washing hands, have also been introduced as visuals.
The Innovation Lab worked closely with the inventor to develop VisuFlow and identify commercial distributors for the product. VisuFlow is now available for purchase through two online platforms – ShapeSource (Visimation) and Adeo.
We are excited to see VisuFlow available in the health care marketplace, and we hope that this product, which sells for only $149 per seat, will help increase efficiencies in patient care delivery across the U.S. Here is a video that explains why people use VisuFlow:
This is one of the products our Innovation Lab has been developing. We are currently vetting a substantial pipeline of potential medical products submitted to us by innovative clinicians and staff who want to make a difference in health care. A portion of commercial proceeds are returned to the innovator.
Larry Stofko is Executive Vice President at The Innovation Institute, a for-profit LLC structured to respond agilely to the long and short-term needs of the healthcare industry. It is composed of three distinct elements: an innovation laboratory, an investment fund and an enterprise development group. Larry leads the Innovation Lab, which includes ideation, prototyping, piloting, and commercialization of new products, technologies, and companies.
Mr. Stofko has over 25 years of experience in healthcare information technology, strategy, and innovation. He was previously honored with CIO Magazine’s inaugural “Ones to Watch” award as an up-and-coming IT executive. He has been recognized as one of the 2012 Top 25 Healthcare CIOs in InformationWeek Healthcare’s second annual compilation of IT executives which highlights the exceptional thinkers and doers, the visionaries and the innovators who are moving patient care forward. Larry has a true passion for technology and innovation, speaking nationally on a regular basis. He has a strong reputation for leading change and gaining support for innovative solutions and change.
Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer for St. Joseph Health (SJH), a $6 billion integrated Catholic healthcare delivery system based in Orange County with 25,000 employees, 16 hospitals and 6,000 physicians. In this capacity, he held corporate-wide responsibility for the development of information technology strategy and the delivery of information services at SJH. SJHS ranked in the top 100 companies by Information Week 500 through Mr. Stofko’s leadership in performance improvement and adoption of innovative clinical and business technologies.
Larry’s previous experience includes fulfilling the role of Director of Healthcare Consulting for Perot Systems Corporation, a provider of IT services. While at Perot, he led a team of managers and business consultants that provided business strategy, information technology strategy, process redesign and change management for the company’s health industry clients. He also served as a Senior Systems Analyst for Charter Medical Corporation in Macon, Georgia.
Mr. Stofko received a Master of Science in Medical Informatics from Northwestern University (2010), a Graduate Certificate in Health Administration from Trinity University (1994), and a Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems from Georgia College & State University (1987). He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Taller San Jose, an innovative non-profit program that walks young people out of poverty through job training, leading them to a self-reliant future. He also previously served on the Board of Directors for The Wooden Floor, a non-profit organization serving low-income youth and families.
The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Larry Stofko and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications, Inc., its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.