Thy-Mors hospital uses three-dimensional models of human anatomy to help speed diagnoses and treatments

Published on 10-Dec-2009

Validated on 16 Dec 2013

"The IBM tool gives me a fantastic, graphic view of the patient’s status. I can see much more information than just what the patient tells me is bothering him or her that day—information for which I would otherwise have to spend considerable time searching through our current records system." - Dr. Hardy Christoffersen, Thy-Mors

Customer:
Thy-Mors hospital

Industry:
Healthcare

Deployment country:
Denmark

Solution:
IBM Research, Smarter Planet

Smarter Planet:
Smarter Healthcare

Overview

Thy-Mors is a leading medical facility located in Copenhagen, Denmark. The hospital holds nearly 11,000 inpatient beds and treats more than 65,000 outpatients every year.

Business need:
Thy-Mors needed to more efficiently provide physicians with patients’ medical data in a more holistic, all-encompassing format. The hospital treats many patients a year, and it struggled to balance the needs of the patients with the demand for its services. While the hospital had embraced the trend of employing an electronic health information system, this practice was not proving to be sufficient.

Solution:
Thy-Mors pursued a joint research project to develop and test a first-of-a-kind patient records system with the IBM Research laboratory in Zurich, Switzerland, and ACURE, an IBM Division in Denmark. The solution centralizes patient information into a single interface using a three-dimensional model of human anatomy to navigate patient records.

Benefits:
Improves patient care using an “avatar” or map of the human body for medical staff to easily navigate an electronic patient file; simplifies access to electronic health information by combining medical data with a visual representation; helps deliver and explain treatments to patients easier and faster by focusing solely on medical data relevant to current diagnostic efforts.

Case Study

Overview

Thy-Mors
Copenhagen, Denmark
www.sygehusthymors.rn.dk

Industry
• Healthcare

Products and services
• IBM Research
• ACURE, an IBM Division

IBM Business Partner
• Nhumi Technologies GmbH




Thy-Mors is a leading medical facility located in Copenhagen, Denmark. The hospital holds nearly 11,000 inpatient beds and treats more than 65,000 outpatients every year.

Challenge
Thy-Mors needed to more efficiently provide physicians with patients’ medical data in a more holistic, all-encompassing format. The hospital treats many patients a year, and it struggled to balance the needs of the patients with the demand for its services. While the hospital had embraced the trend of employing an electronic health information system, this practice was not proving to be sufficient.

Solution
Thy-Mors pursued a joint research project to develop and test a first-of-a-kind patient records system with the IBM Research laboratory in Zurich, Switzerland, and ACURE, an IBM Division in Denmark. The solution centralizes patient information into a single interface using a three-dimensional model of human anatomy to navigate patient records.

Benefits
• Improves patient care using an “avatar” or map of the human body for medical staff to easily navigate an electronic patient file.
• Simplifies access to electronic health information by combining medical data with a visual representation.
• Helps deliver and explain treatments to patients easier and faster by focusing solely on medical data relevant to current diagnostic efforts.

“The IBM tool gives me a fantastic, graphic view of the patient’s status. I can see much more information than just what the patient tells me is bothering him or her that day—information for which I would otherwise have to spend considerable time searching through our current records system.” —Dr. Hardy Christoffersen, Thy-Mors

For more information
Contact your IBM sales representative or IBM Business Partner. Visit us at:

ibm.com/healthcare

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