October 18, 2007
Adventist Health System Installs the EndoTool(TM) Glucose Management System
Adventist Health System (AHS) announced today that they have signed an agreement with MD Scientific, LLC (Charlotte, NC) to make the EndoTool™ Glucose Management System the "standard of care" for controlling in-patient blood glucose levels throughout AHS's 36 hospital system. EndoTool™ is a highly sophisticated software system that calculates the dose of intravenous (IV) insulin needed to quickly control blood glucose levels in a critical care setting. It actively models and adapts to individual patient responses to IV insulin, even those with fluctuating insulin requirements.
"Elevated blood glucose levels can interfere with the normal healing process, resulting in prolonged hospital stays and high rates of infection. Several large studies have shown that tightly controlling blood sugar in critical care patients significantly reduces complications and improves outcomes," says Dr. Phil Smith, Chief Medical Information Officer and formerly Chief Medical Officer at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, which piloted EndoTool™ in its critical care units. "What is remarkable is that we lowered the average blood sugar in the hospital while we significantly lowered the incidence of hypoglycemia (or low blood sugar, a common complication of treating diabetes). EndoTool™ will also allow us to implement a unified standard of care for blood glucose control throughout our medical system, maximizing our patient outcomes while minimizing the workload on our staff."
The main component of the EndoTool™ Glucose Management System is a software program that runs on the hospital's internal computer system. The caregiver inputs the patient's blood sugar reading into the system and the program computes the rate of insulin necessary to maintain the blood sugar readings in the goal range that the hospital or physician has selected. The caregiver then adjusts the IV pump and continues with their other duties. EndoTool™ automatically computes when the next blood sugar reading is needed, and will even prompt the caregiver when it is due. The system downloads all of this information to the hospital information system and performs Quality Assurance documentation for continuous quality improvement. MD Scientific also offers 24 hour per day, 7 day per week Clinical and Technical support.
About MD Scientific
MD Scientific, LLC (www.MDScientific.com) was formed in 2003 with the mission of introducing physician innovation to improve healthcare. The backgrounds of the principals include medicine, control engineering, and computer technology. EndoTool™ is the first product commercially released.
About Adventist Health System
Adventist Health System (www.ahss.org) operates 36 hospitals in ten states, totaling over 6300 beds. AHS is the largest, not-for-profit Protestant healthcare organization in the United States. Their mission is Christian and Faith-based: "Extending the healing ministry of Christ." AHS includes over 43,000 employees, 17 affiliated extended care centers, and over 20 home health care agencies. They serve nearly four million patients annually.