10/07/2020. The German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (DIVI) promotes practical as well as scientific progress in intensive and emergency medicine. With the Use Case ASIC, the SMITH consortium of the Medical Informatics Initiative makes an important contribution to this. In a Letter of Intent, DIVI now confirms its interest in a cooperation.
Cooperative and interdisciplinary communication is the basis for strong partnership and cooperation. An active exchange of knowledge benefits the specialist disciplines and thus the patient. With the Use Case ASIC, the SMITH consortium promotes the improvement of patient care by using already existing clinical routine data. This is to be demonstrated using the example of the therapy of patients with acute lung failure, or ARDS (acute respiratory distress syndrome), a disease that still kills about 40 percent of all patients today. In addition, many of the corona patients receiving intensive care suffer from ARDS during treatment, although numerous monitoring systems continuously monitor the patients' most important vital functions. Especially the early forms of ARDS are often only detected when the lung function has further deteriorated.
The ASIC App, developed as part of the Use Case ASIC, counteracts this by ensuring continuous electronic monitoring of relevant ventilation parameters and alerting the attending physicians to potential ARDS even before the patient's condition has changed critically. With an earlier diagnosis and a therapy in line with guidelines, valuable time in the treatment of patients can be gained, which can save more lives.
The German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (DIVI) focuses on science, practice and research in intensive and emergency medicine and has now officially expressed its support for SMITH in a letter of intent. With the automation of intensive care monitoring, the SMITH Consortium's Use Case ASIC makes a decisive contribution to quality assurance in intensive care medicine.