Moberg’s Smart ICU powered by IBM real-time analytics

Manager of Portfolio Strategy, IBM

Big data addresses big healthcare problems

Brain injuries are among the most complicated and costly medical problems. Each year, there are approximately 130,000 deaths from stroke and 50,000 from traumatic brain injury. The cost for head injured patients in the United States is approximately $76 billion per year (Centers for Disease Control, 2010). The highest costs to society are incurred when patients have poor outcomes and require life-long medical treatment. Optimizing care in the first hours and days can make a significant difference in patient outcome and healthcare costs.

Moberg’s initiative would connect the Smart ICU to other Smart Systems to optimize care by providing early diagnosis and treatment, context aware patient routing and advanced individualized patient management. Connected systems will include a new emergency neuro response system, smart cities and transportation grids, healthcare information systems and smart hospitals. Moberg will work with a variety of partners to create the system, including industry, academia, government and non-profits. The first Smart ICU is currently under development at the University Hospital Zurich with IBM providing advanced analytic tools.

The SmartAmerica Challenge aims to demonstrate the potential for Cyber-Physical Systems to create tangible and measurable benefits to the US economy and the daily lives of Americans by enhancing safety, sustainability, efficiency, mobility and overall quality of life. The program began in December 2013 when more than 65 participants quickly formed teams to collaborate on solutions. Their efforts will culminate at the SmartAmerica Expo on June 11, 2014 at the Washington DC Convention Center. The event will include keynote speakers from the White House, including Todd Park, United States Chief Technology Officer and speakers from government agencies, including GSA, DOT, DHS, HHS, DOD and DOC. Participants will demonstrate projects and technologies throughout the all-day event. Registration for the SmartAmerica Expo is free but required. Register at

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Moberg products will serve an important role as the data integration system for the state-of-the-art neurological ICU at the University Hospital of Zurich (UZH). Under the direction of Dr. Emanuela Keller, the hospital will develop one of the most advanced facilities of its kind in terms of how patient data is viewed and managed. Making treatment decisions for neurological patients requires the interpretation of large, complex data sets, which makes integration systems like Moberg’s a necessity for advanced care. At UZH, products from the Moberg CNS line will collect and integrate physiologic patient data from many diverse sources, and then display the information at the bedside to assist caregivers with decision making. Dr. Keller’s team has partnered with IBM Research Zurich to develop real-time analytic capabilities to help interpret data collected by the Moberg products. 

As more is learned about the complexity of the brain, it is clear that a “one size fits all” approach, in which all patients receive the same care, is not optimal for neurological injuries. Healthcare professionals realize the necessity of more individualized and precise treatment plans for each patient. The comprehensive data collection of the Moberg CNS coupled with advanced analytics will help the physicians in Zurich provide this individualized care. 

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