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Hospitals look to computers to predict patient emergencies before they happen

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Seven floors, and long odds, were stacked against John S. He was undergoing a test on the first floor of a Cleveland Clinic hospital when his nursing team — on the eighth floor — got a call, telling them the 57-year-old had developed a dangerously rapid heartbeat that was spiraling toward cardiac arrest. But the call that day didn't come from within the hospital. It came from a darkened room in an office park several miles away, where a technician in the clinic's Central Monitoring Unit was watching the patient's vital signs on a computer monitor and noticed the onset of ventricular tachycardia. more


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