Bitoreq has participated in a research project at the Karolinska Institute to help investigate health care related infections Research that previously took six months for two nurses to complete, can now be accomplished in one day.

During a six-week period in 2018, Bitoreq developed a smart algorithm to identify and predict health care related infections for the Innovation Center at Karolinska University Hospital. Per Englund, head project leader at the Innovation Center, is focused on finding new technology which can improve business and increase work efficiency.

“Ever since we began working together with Bitoreq, we have identified several areas at the hospital where this technology can eliminate administrative tasks in a simple way. It frees up not only the increased time that nurses can focus on patients and improve the quality of health care, but also increases patient’s safety,” says Per Englund, head of innovation at Karolinska University Hospital.

The project was financed by Innova and focused on medical records. Two nurses monitored patient’s medical records and wrote handwritten notes regarding health care related infections. These same tasks were also done by a computer, so that a comparison could since be made as to which one did a better job.

“We didn’t think the computer would do a better job since this type of work requires specific knowledge in order to interpret medical records. Handwritten notes that contain negative, and to an extent a different combination of expressions, can be hard to interpret. But we tested (it) to see how far we could go with a computer’s help and it worked much better than we had anticipated, “says Per Englund.

Two nurses worked for six months and reviewed 1,000 medical records. It took the computer programmers six months to complete a program, but then the computer could review all of the records in one night. After that, reviews of similar medical records took considerably less time and a routine was established.

“Such a large amount of data means we can investigate via the computer and detect patterns in a completely new way. In this manner, we can gain new knowledge and insights into what a disease’s progression looks like. This is interesting for the entirety of Sweden’s healthcare system, especially for all of the university hospitals,” says Per Englund.

Per Englund’s believes that these types of computer programs and robots should be viewed as digital coworkers. The work environment should also include them, for example, a project leader could determine specific working hours so that they are equally taken care of.

“The best thing about Bitoreq is that they take charge, share a lot of knowledge and provide concrete examples, and demonstrate how this technology can improve your workplace,” concludes Per Englund.