We are living in an era where innovation is expected and culling data into information that can be used to improve lives is a natural part of that process. But it wasn’t always this easy, especially in healthcare.
More than 100 years ago, Florence Nightingale, who is credited as the founder of modern nursing, worked to change how society viewed illness. Known as “the lady with the lamp,” Florence made rounds to her patients’ bedsides throughout the night, checking on conditions and administering treatment to those in need. Her care didn’t stop there. As a statistician, she collected data on her patients, aggregating information about different illnesses into polar area diagrams, akin to today’s circular histogram, in order to illustrate seasonal sources of patient mortality at her hospital. She used these graphical representations to create reports and educate the medical community and members of Parliament on the importance of public health initiatives.
Although times have changed, the importance of leveraging real-time data to help clinicians make the most informed decisions for patient care remains the same. Building on what Florence Nightingale started, our virtual assistant, Florence, provides assistive intelligence to physicians, helping to improve health outcomes.
Today is Florence Nightingale’s birthday, and more than a century later, we are still collecting critical health information, building on what she started in order to improve care and provide much-needed support to physicians and their patients. To learn more about our developer community visit www.nuancehealthcaredeveloper.com.