This group have conducted research into the importance of routinely collected vital signs to improve safety in hospital. Implementation of Early Warning Scores has reduced rates of cardiac arrests by a third across the UK and lowered mortality from severe infections by 20%.
By using technology, the impact of adverse events in patients admitted to hospitals can be further lowered dramatically. But the same data has other applications - stable vital signs indicate an opportunity for patients to leave hospitals. From saving lives of patients at risk of catastrophic deterioration, data can be used to help healthcare organisations to survive.