It may seem trivial, just a latex glove laying there on the hospital floor, but anyone who’s ever worked at a hospital knows that glove may be contaminated. Hospital staff undergo regular safety training to deal with everything from blood spills to dirty clothes to how to deal with regular litter. At hospitals, cleanliness often means the difference between life and death.
@CleanApp approaches the unique hazard/trash-reporting needs of hospitals. All stakeholders in a hospital setting (hospital administrators and custodial staff; patients and families; nurses and nursing assistants; insurers and regulators; etc.) have a need for both macro & micro-level understanding of how hospitals deal with trash.
Hospital waste is not just about bloody bandages or loose syringes.
— CleanApp (@CleanApp) October 6, 2017
Globally, hospitals also generate extraordinarily high volumes of paper waste, with a large percentage of that waste being none other than patient records. While the majority of the world’s legal systems have stringent requirements regarding medical data protection, data minimization, and data destruction, the reality is that a lot of extremely sensitive patient data ends up littering cities, roadways and waterways.
Trash/waste disposal practices of retail pharmacies are especially suspect here, because there is no global standard for the disposal of unprecedented volumes of dangerous classes of drugs which the world now produces. We have all heard of isolated studies tracing levels of opiates, amphetamines, antibiotics, endocrine/hormonal supplements and other drugs in water tables.
— CleanApp (@CleanApp) August 30, 2017
The problem is only worsening.
CleanApp tech will result in a profound paradigm shift in our approach to medical and pharmacological waste. For the first time in our history, we will have real-time global data sets that will give us actionable data on: (1) problem areas at particular facilities, leading to better waste management practices; (2) medical waste pollution “hotspots” outside of hospital facilities (tracing huge caches of used syringes can lead to better analytics regarding use patterns, which may allow smarter treatment); (3) incident rates of inadvertent or negligent release of sensitive patient medical data; (4) far clearer lines of liability and fault-attribution for legal mechanisms of action against polluters; (5) etc.
While most everyone will agree that we should get CleanApp data on the items above, it’s also very important to remember that while metadata is necessary, CleanApp protocols & practices expressly ban the public distribution of data that violates relevant laws & regulations. So while CleanApp reporters may not even be aware that the photo of a pill bottle they submitted may have had patient information on the side (data that can be image optimized & scrubbed by increasingly powerful AIBots), those AIBots would have to be rule-bound to block further public distribution of that CleanApp report.
— CleanUpWesternSoma (@CleanUpWestSoma) September 25, 2017
It goes without saying, but just as we insist on strict data minimization regimes for CleanAppAI, we are also human. This means there will be malicious use of CleanApp processes (kids “outing” a parent’s opiate addiction by snapping photos of pill bottles as trash/hazards) and inadvertent release of private data despite maximum levels of precaution. This is a sword and a shield. Vandalism/misuse of this nature will occur, but CleanApp access to information protocols also mean that affected parties will be among the first to know if their medical records are flying around a public park somewhere.
There are risks to everything, but the benefits here greatly outweigh the legitimate risks. Better to know which hospitals have high CleanApp response ratings and which don’t, than to just assume all hospitals are doing all they can to provide clean & safe facilities. Same is true for pharmacies & doctors’ groups. The reality is that some are far better at minimizing waste & recycling, while keeping patient information safe and drugs securely contained, than others.
CleanApp will provide healthcare organizations and their patients access to a dynamic global databases, novel empirical assessment & analytical methodologies; this, in turn, will allow healthcare administrators to develop more effective global best practices for the disposal of #SmallPharma, #PatientData, & #biocontaminants.
These analytical, market-correcting, and behavior-changing opportunities emerge because someone saw a pill bottle or syringe wash upon a shore in Chile or the Philippines and decided to Clean[it]App. Did you CleanApp today already?