Hospital-based health care, especially in situations of serious illness and near the end of life, is stressful. The stressors faced within the hospital -- by providers, by families, and by ancillary staff members -- are of varied origins but they ultimately converge to create a "care tenor" (credit to Harvey Chochinov for the phrase) that is inimical to the kindness and person-centeredness that seriously ill individuals face. Improving the care tenor within the hospital is the subject of another Challenge idea by Dr. Chochinov (https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/end-of-life/ideas/optimizing-empathic-therapeutic-communication) , and this proposal would complement that one.
The inspiration for this idea came from a number of my colleagues who currently use fitness trackers in their hospital practice, to monitor their "steps" in order to maintain some semblance of fitness, compete with their friends, and generally conform to societal expectations of doctors' hyper-controlling personalities. :)
I propose that we adapt current "mindfulness tracking" technology (see http://thenextweb.com/lifehacks/2015/10/10/5-pieces-of-wearable-tech-for-meditation-mindfulness/#gref ) for a hospital setting, to identify instances where providers' stress level has risen to the point where they might benefit from a "mindfulness moment" in order to re-focus on providing an empathic presence to their patients. In those moments, providers could be gently alerted to the opportunity, and in responding positively to the alert the provider would earn "mindfulness points," which could be tracked graphically and even rewarded by the health system.