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NICUtrition Tier 2: Fortified Analytics

NICUtrition Tier 2: Fortified Analytics

NICUtrition Tier 2: Fortified Analytics

By Astarte Medical

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NICUtrition® “Fortified Analytics” incorporates a hospital’s enteral feeding protocol, tracks compliance and rationale for deviations, and includes statistics of outcomes and associated compliance.
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Key Clients
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EHR integration


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EMR Integration & Relevant Hardware:

Recommended, but not required

EMRs Supported:

Cerner, Epic

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Fortified Analytics is the second tier offering of the NICUtrition® platform. It provides the opportunity for a hospital to digitize their enteral feeding protocol and consequentially, properly structure feed data points within their database. Once feed data is structured, it can be evaluated against the digital protocol to measure operational compliance for each node in a protocol’s decision tree. NICUtrition Fortified Analytics identifies when NICU protocols are not being followed, or if protocols are being followed but outcomes are not strong. This internal protocol compliance audit allows clinical teams to continuously educate and train their staff on established protocols and make adjustments as needed. Additionally, users can obtain all the functionality and features offered in Tier 1, view growth statistics for each patient across the unit and observe metric averages for a definable group of patients.
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Use cases

**Optimize Patient Care and Comfort** - The NICUtrition clinical dashboard puts quality care right at your fingertips, featuring an intuitive display of the feeding protocol with clear instructions so you can address the specialized nutritional needs of your preterm patient with confidence every time. **Consistently Deliver Quality Care** - NICUtrition offers easy online access to feeding data with the ability to monitor and measure staff protocol compliance in order to ensure consistent delivery of quality care. The system also helps to identify possible gaps and opportunities for staff education and training to improve performance. **Generate Evidence-Based Care Data** - NICUtrition delivers real-time ongoing monitoring and analysis of the NICU's feeding protocols using actual patient data, which helps ensure greater compliance, improve quality of care and drive better outcomes. **Enforce Quality Control & Improvement** - NICUtrition allows health systems to effectively measure adherence to feeding protocols and determine the degree to which preterm infants may be impacted by the NICU team's ability or inability to follow its own protocol, so steps may be taken as needed to improve performance and quality within the unit. **Uphold Clinical Excellence** - NICUtrition promotes team collaboration, data-enabled clinical decision-making and protocol adherence for improved patient nutrition, empowering your neonatal team to deliver exceptional care for your most vulnerable NICU patients. **Improve Patient Outcomes** - NICUtrition helps clinicians and their teams understand trends in milestones and outcomes to promote positive patient growth and development with a shortened length of stay (LOS) in the NICU. It can incentivize the team to establish clear guidelines for best practices in neonatal nutrition management which leads to consistent delivery of quality care. **Reduce Cost of Care** - NICUtrition promotes standardization with valuable real-time feeding data and analytics to help the NICU team make better informed clinical decisions with greater efficiency to support the positive growth and development of preterm infants, leading to better outcomes, reduced length of stay and reduced costs. **Automate Quality Reporting** - NICUtrition provides an efficient and cost-effective way for health systems to generate detailed Quality Collaborative or Quality Initiative reports and support research efforts by customizing, streamlining and standardizing data extraction. **Reinforce Treatment Decisions** - NICUtrition lets you view delivered feeds and outcome analyses, allowing you to make informed decisions and adjust treatment regimes quickly as needed based on the changing needs of the preterm infant. **Enhance Technical Integration** - The NICUtrition system meets FHIR HL7 standards and can be integrated with EHR systems, like EPIC and Cerner, through flowsheets and APIs.
Pediatric use cases:
This product is exclusively focused on neonatal intensive care units, for preterm infants born under 34 weeks.
NICUtrition Fortified Analytics identifies when NICU protocols are not being followed, or if protocols are being followed but outcomes are not strong. This internal protocol compliance audit allows clinical teams to continuously educate and train their staff on established protocols and make adjustments as needed. Benefits for this product include: - Improved efficiency, team collaboration and rounding - Better understand outcomes based on historical feeding practices related to protocol - Highlights opportunities for ongoing protocol enhancements - Identifies training opportunities - Protocol version outcomes comparison - Reduced patient length of stay - Benchmark against other customers’ de-identified data (future) The types of users who could benefit from this product include: **NICU Nurse Manager** - Oversees daily unit operation and supervises nursing staff to ensure delivery of quality care; tracks and analyzes productivity and quality outcomes; implements process improvement strategies as directed and collaborates with director, staff and interdisciplinary team to standardize or update policies and procedures while ensuring internal and regulatory compliance. Accountable for staffing and scheduling while promoting accountability, empowerment and performance. **Neonatal Nurse Practitioner** - Works in collaboration with the neonatologist (or neonatal fellow) and other members of the NICU and/or interdisciplinary team to assess, diagnose, and treat premature or critically ill newborn patients. Duties include but are not limited to: participating in rounds; writing orders; initiating medical procedures and tests; monitoring specialized NICU equipment; prescribing medication and treatment as required; and advising parents regarding the patient's condition as well as their proper treatment and care. **Neonatologist (Level III/IV NICU)** - Pediatric doctor specifically trained to handle the most complex and high-risk medical issues associated with the birth and development of premature and intensively ill newborn patients. Responsible for overall care management of at-risk newborns in the NICU, including the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment as well as assistance with high-risk births and surgeries. Duties include but are not limited to: conducting rounds; writing orders; performing medical procedures and tests; prescribing medication and treatment; informing and advising parents regarding their infant's condition and treatment; collaborating/consulting with other medical specialists as required, ensuring the patient receives the proper nutrition for optimal growth and development and active involvement in research and clinical trial activities. **Neonatal/Pediatric Dietitian** - Registered dietitian with specialized training and experience in neonatal nutrition works with members of the NICU team and other clinical specialists as needed, to assess the newborn's medical condition and prepare an individualized nutritional care plan -- considering the feeding method, medications and nutritional requirements -- to support proper healing, growth and development. Duties include but are not limited to: rounding; consultation; plan development, implementation and evaluation; monitoring and tracking of the infant's intake, calorie consumption, nutrient absorption, changes in patient weight and size, as well as addressing and accounting for any adverse events that arise. **NICU Medical Director (Level III/IV)** - As a member of the management team, the director is responsible for planning, organizing and influencing the delivery of quality patient care in the NICU. The director is responsible for department staffing as well as creating, leading and participating in quality and evidence-based neonatal initiatives. Additionally, he/she is involved in policy planning, development, and implementation, while working to ensure that the policies effectively align with the overall goals of the health system. The director works to ensure staff adherence to regulatory guidelines and compliance to quality and safety standards and collaborates with other directors, staff and departments to maintain optimal services and manage costs. **Maternal/Infant Care Services Line Director** - The service line director manages the departmental sub-function within the health system. Responsible for establishing effective strategies for programs, product/service line development, physician integration and resource utilization in order to achieve product/service line growth, efficiency, improved patient experience and overall quality care. Develops budgets, policies and procedures to support the functional infrastructure.

Differentiators vs EHR Functionality:
EMRs were built as billing support tools and evolved into medical data repositories. Nuanced data of clinical importance can be difficult to access and currently requires dedicated technical personnel with specific skills to partner with clinical staff in a laborious approach to extract specific data. Today, there are no EMR-integrated platforms or other third party vendors that capture or display a hospital’s feeding protocol in a structured way. Because of this, protocols currently require intense manual calculations to determine care delivery and furthermore a patient’s actual daily feed intakes cannot be easily overlaid on what should be delivered to confirm compliance or adherence with absolute certainty. Neonatologists and dieticians extract data retrospectively in a highly manual way to evaluate the effectiveness of delivered nutrition and care on a preterm infant’s growth. These approaches suffer from laborious data collection, data inconsistencies, and time for reporting. NICUtrition Fortified Analytics was built to digitally standardize protocols and automate calculations to remove this burden from caregivers. It creates a dependable, data driven approach to monitoring nutrition delivery and protocol compliance for the promotion of evidence-based care practices and quality control processes.
Differentiators vs Competitors:

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Company information

Founded in 2016

8.5M total equity funding

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