Guass Surgical | HackensackUMC Success Story
HackensackUMC, part of New Jersey’s Hackensack Meridian Health System, is a nationally-ranked Children’s Hospital for neurology and neurosurgery. Always in search of the best tools to provide to their world-class surgeons, HackensackUMC was in need of a solution to help address the problem of inaccurate blood loss measurement. From the money wasted on unnecessary transfusions to the high death rate for mis-transfused patients, solving this problem would help surgeons operate more confidently, patients receive blood only when they truly needed it, and help HackensackUMC save money on unnecessary transfusions.
After evaluating possible partners, HackensackUMC selected Gauss Surgical’s innovative software application, called Triton. Triton was designed to help surgeons accurately measure the exact amount of blood lost during surgery using FDA-cleared spatial algorithms that filter out liquids like saline and amniotic fluid to deliver only the precise amount of hemoglobin lost. Used on an iPad, Triton has a built-in foot switch that takes pictures of surgical sponges that soak up blood, counts the number of sponges used, and then sends that information to their secure cloud server for processing. After the image is analyzed, Triton sends an accurate measure of hemoglobin mass loss back to the application to be viewed by the surgeon.
Within a few seconds, the results are automatically uploaded to the Epic EHR, alerting surgical technicians of potentially critical blood loss levels. The outcome: better blood loss assessment, increased awareness, and more appropriate blood transfusions in surgical procedures.
Getting Guass into the Surgical Theater
Together, HackensackUMC, Gauss, and Redox evaluated everyone’s technical capabilities to determine how to best leverage existing infrastructure to exchange data. Rather than requiring each side to reconfigure their technical specifications to be compatible, Redox enabled each party to build once to the Redox API and use a consistent JSON framework to push and pull clinical data to and from HackensackUMC’s EHR.
After completing testing and verifying the workflow performed as expected, Triton went live. The simplicity and ease of the Redox approach to integration allowed the project to be completed in 40 days. During this time, Gauss was able to focus on their core product offering and spend time developing strong relationships with clinical and operational leaders within the health system. These champions ensured that workflow decisions were thoughtfully made and that all clinicians were properly trained on Triton before going live.
Using their resources to focus on the partnership as opposed to the integration work allowed the Gauss to concentrate on accelerating their future vision, sales pipeline, and delivery of a world class health-tech solution.