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Want to Solve Over-Monitoring and Alert Fatigue? Create the Right Incentives!

Note I have been giving talks around the world on this topic (SREcon, Velocity, etc). Figured, I can reach more people through an article. Any/all feedback is highly appreciated! "Research has shown that 72%–99% of ECG monitor alarms are false or clinically insignificant."Quite a staggering number and quite scary given that lives are at stake. If you have ever been to an ICU, you cannot help but notice the telemetry monitors and their constant beeping (they are such a common sight). In fact, I had the first-hand experience with these monitors in the NICU where my twin boys were being cared for after being born prematurely. I still remember vividly how my wife and I used to freak out every time one of these started to go off. Being an ops guy, I could not help but relate this to being paged while on call. Because I was curious, I did a bit of a research on this topic and found that some Ph.D. students had actually published a paper on this topic in 2013. It talks about how wh…