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Three Sentence Description:
YouCOMM is a cost-effective solution addressing many well documented and largely unmet issues with current healthcare communication systems. With YouCOMM, patients can communicate in a hands-free manner, nurses will provide more efficient care due to need based prioritization, and administrators will see their HCAHPS scores rise and obtain favorable reimbursement rates. This proposal is a request for funding for a multicenter trial across three healthcare facilities in Connecticut with the goal of establishing the effectiveness and efficacy of our device.
Within most hospital environments, communication is almost exclusively run by the utilization of some form of a call bell system. A survey of hospital nurses found that 53% felt the call bell system prevented or complicated critical aspects of their work, as nurses do not have a clear identification of what the need may be until they get to the patient’s room. Patients are also unsatisfied with current systems due to long wait times in getting their calls answered and having a lack of follow through with requests. Call bell systems are also particularly challenging to patients with motor impairments and those with multiple intravenous therapy (IVs) who may therefore be hindered by the ability to use such systems.
Our solution is a patient bedside communication tablet application that provides patients and nurses specificity. What really sets our system (YouCOMM) apart is that the application has the ability to be used hands-free through voice activation, opening access to those patients at the greatest risk, as the third most common use of a call bell system are from patients who have problems with IVs. Such patients are known to have hindered movements and this lack of communication ability poses high risks. By allowing this population segment to quickly send messages and receive help, safety will be improved as it has been shown that longer response times are directly correlated with the increased risk of patient falls and decreased satisfaction. By providing effective communication to a wider range of patients, health disparities will be reduced and more efficient care will ultimately be provided, yielding in better HCAPHS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and System) at the respective facility.
The YouCOMM Bed M8 is additionally able to track valuable data on how it is used, including the specific needs indicated by patients and the corresponding staff member response times. If further provides live updates on patient satisfaction throughout each floor, department of facility on a daily basis. These capabilities are an important step towards enabling a technologically evolved “smart hospital”.
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- Minimum Per Investor $3.00
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