Mercy Announces Data-powered Research Collaboration with BD to Drive Medical Device Optimization

Mercy Technology Services (MTS), the IT backbone for one of the largest Catholic health systems in the country, has announced a new research collaboration with global medical technology company BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), enabling BD to use MTS’ robust clinical data platform to help evaluate and improve the effectiveness of medical devices.

“This new relationship with BD is perfectly in line with our mission to get health care right,” said Dr. Keith Starke, chief quality officer for MTS’ parent organization, Mercy. “They share our drive to ensure the best outcomes for our patients, and a big part of that is understanding which medical devices and products provide the best quality for the cost.”


MTS BD Data Collaboration

Mercy's president of business integration Vance Moore (center left) shakes hands with BD's vice president and general manager of medication delivery solutions Kevin Kelly (center right). Also on hand, from left: BD's Rick Daniel, Judy LaJoie and Michael Ferrara. 


Powered in part by tools from SAP including HANA, MTS developed its platform using advanced analytics techniques and drawing from more than a decade of de-identified clinical data, with millions of deidentified data points gathered from longitudinal studies in Mercy’s Epic electronic health records. Thanks to MTS’ award-winning work with natural language processing tools, the platform can go beyond reading data from form fields, extracting data from doctors’ notes for deeper, more accurate research insights. This collaboration makes BD the third global health care company to enter into a data-sharing agreement with Mercy in the past year.

“This collaboration with Mercy provides critical real-world evidence and analytics that will enable BD to assess our solutions’ clinical performance,” said Kevin Kelly, vice president and general manager of Medication Delivery Solutions at BD. “We’re excited to work with Mercy, leaning on their unique data expertise to uncover new ways to standardize the delivery of exceptional care.”


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Working with the MTS data platform, BD and Mercy will focus on reducing costs related to populations of patients with multiple co-morbidities – groups which traditionally make up the top 1 to 2 percent of medical spending. The first project will be to optimize clinical and operational processes for integrated vascular therapy and vascular access management. By collecting real-world evidence, Mercy will benchmark the impact of BD’s approach to these fields in both acute and non-acute care locations. The scope of the project will include:

  • Developing clinical dashboards to document the impact of BD’s practices and products across all patient types, conditions, therapies and care settings.
  • Validating criteria related to the selection of vascular access devices while documenting the clinical value of these device selection recommendations.
  • Tracking complication rates, with an eye toward monitoring trends and identifying early indicators of variation and risk.

This initial project may open the door to potential expansion into other care pathways, as well.

“From the beginning, Mercy’s goal in having MTS develop these tools was to determine which products were best suited for our patients’ needs,” said Curtis Dudley, Mercy’s vice president of performance solutions. “By building these unique partnerships with companies like BD, we can identify opportunities that may help improve the effectiveness of the medical devices our doctors and nurses work with, and that’s core to everything Mercy is about.”



About Mercy

Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems in 2018, 2017 and 2016 by IBM Watson Health, serves millions annually. Mercy includes more than 40 acute care, managed and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, 800 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 44,000 co-workers and 2,100 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has clinics, outpatient services and outreach ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. In addition, Mercy's IT division, Mercy Technology Services, supply chain organization, ROi, and Mercy Virtual commercially serve providers and patients in more than 20 states coast to coast.


About Mercy Technology Services

Mercy Technology Services (MTS), named one of Healthcare IT News’ Best Hospital IT Departments and a HIMSS Davies Award recipient, knows firsthand the unique needs of health care. That’s because, as the IT backbone of Mercy, a 40-plus hospital health system, we deliver mission-critical technology services daily. An early adopter of Epic’s electronic health record, Mercy became the nation’s first provider accredited by Epic to offer EHR solutions to other hospitals, including Epic in the cloud, implementation and optimization. With a full suite of MTS health care offerings including cloud, managed services, PACS as a service and cloud backup and recovery, hospitals can reduce IT costs and risks. Plus, MTS’ award-winning data analytics help reduce variation and support a model of care that keeps patients healthier.

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