“As one of the leaders in
technology, CHOC has made tremendous investments in technology that
transform the delivery of care,” she says. “We were among the earliest
group of healthcare providers in the nation to implement computerized
physician-order entry, making us a national leader in advanced
technology for patient safety and quality.”
devices produced by forward-thinking companies such as Masimo Corp. in
Irvine also play a large role. Orange County’s location between San
Diego and Los Angeles gives the region a hybrid flavor, says Joe Kiani,
CEO and chairman of the board of Masimo, a medical device company and
innovator of noninvasive patient-care technologies.
County has some of the high-tech from both [Los Angeles and San Diego],”
says Kiani. “It’s progressive and has become a great place for
technology to take shape.”
One of the most important trends
in technology includes connecting all of the data together and making
sense of it, says Kiani, who tells of a recent news story about a
12-year-old boy who slipped on a basketball court and developed sepsis.
The diagnosis came too late and the child died.
“This could have been totally avoided,” says Kiani. “The data was there, but no one put the pieces together.”
an example of the type of high-tech system that may have prevented this
tragedy, Kiani refers to Masimo’s Halo Index, an indicator that takes
into account a wide range of physiological parameters and provides
clinicians with a quick assessment of a patient’s status with a readout
ranging from 1 to 10.
Kiani credits his company’s success to
its ability to address the hard problems, such as noninvasively
measuring hemoglobin and reducing the common problem of false alarms
produced by pulse oximeters, a device that measures a patient’s
“Masimo is different from other
medical device companies in that we were founded by engineers,” says
Kiani. “So we think of things as solutions that must be first proved
mathematically, and then we look at it empirically to see if it works –
not the other way around.”
The community expects
technological innovations in this county, says Darrin Montalvo, St.
Joseph Health’s executive vice president, Southern California Region,
and CFO of St. Joseph Health in Orange.