Vital signs assess overall health. They give clues to disease and demonstrate signs of recovery. Next to heart rate, blood pressure, and temperature, we propose elevating cost to the sixth vital sign. Using institutional specific data for cost integrated into the EHR, a physician can examine a running flow sheet for bed, pharmaceutical, and lab/diagnostic costs. Summarized by day or cumulative totals, a cost flowsheet provides quick visibility. This promotes patient-centered decisions that take into account the economic burden distributed to families and the health care system while reinforcing the link between intervention and expense. Potential outcomes include decreased length of stay, decreased exposure to harm due to unnecessary interventions, and greater institutional awareness of cost factors in the management of hospitalized patients. Ultimately increased visibility can lead to developing standardized cost models for uncomplicated patients with straightforward diagnoses.
How do we score?
Average Judge Score
8 judges have scored this entry. The highest possible score is 5 .2.1
We divide the average judge score with the maximum score possible and add 1 to create a multiplier.1.4
We apply the judge multiplier to the total number of crowd votes.0.0
Easy one-click social registrationIs this safe?
We only receive the minimum information necessary to verify your account. We never get access to your friends/contacts or your profile, and we never post on your behalf. Your social account is used for logging in only.ORRegister via email
Send me updates on this challenge
In order to ensure a fair voting process and to make sure that no one votes more than once, we ask that you register either with a social networking account (easiest, only requires one click) or by registering with your email address (this will require you to click on a verification email that we will send you).
You only need to register once.