April 10, 2014, SARASOTA, FLA. —Steven Rothman, co-creator of the Rothman Index, has launched Alive Sciences in Sarasota, Florida. The company will market the Florence Rothman Patient Monitoring Index to non-acute healthcare providers such as continuous care retirement centers, skilled nursing homes and home healthcare agencies.
The Rothman Index is a revolutionary early warning algorithm that displays each patient’s condition on a continuous line graph. The first of its kind, the index extracts readily available information from the electronic medical record (EMR) and utilizes more than 50 health indicators—from common vital signs, nursing assessments and psycho-social issues—to form a composite score that is simple and easy to understand in a glance. Most importantly, it can detect subtle yet critical changes that might otherwise go unnoticed, allowing care providers to take proactive steps that can prevent unneeded suffering and save lives.
Already in use in more than 30 hospitals across the nation including top-ranked academic medical centers like Yale New Haven, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Seattle Children’s Hospital and University of Florida Health Shands Hospital, the Rothman Index is published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Steven Rothman noted that his goal in launching Alive Sciences is to provide access to all other healthcare providers and even consumers.
Rothman, a former MIT think tank analyst and current director of research at the Florence A. Rothman Institute, a nonprofit medical research foundation, and his brother, Michael Rothman, Ph.D., also experienced in “big data,” developed the Rothman Index to monitor the health status of patients and the elderly. The two were inspired after their mother, Florence A. Rothman, died from hospital mistakes subsequent to a successful surgical procedure. Steven Rothman identifies those as “system” errors, caused by failure of patient monitoring. Instead of suing the hospital, the brothers decided to find a solution that would prevent similar incidents in the future.
“The Rothman Index has the potential to save countless lives, and it is already doing so in the acute-care setting. We know it works in other settings because we have tested it here in Sarasota. We believe it will transform healthcare, and we want to be sure that everyone can benefit,” Rothman stated.
Rothman has assembled a top-notch management team including chief medical officer Duncan Finlay, M.D., former Sarasota Memorial Hospital CEO, as well as chief operating officer Darlene Arbeit, NFA, HFA, former CEO of Kobernick-Anchin-Benderson.
For more information, email Darlene.Arbeit@alivesci.com or call 941-927-2999.