Proactive Care Designed by Care Experts

About Us

We understand real innovation is about solving problems

As doctors, nurses, and engineers we are highly experienced clinicians and extensively networked, forward-thinking problem solvers.

We are the world’s experts in bringing hospital professionals together to create exceptional care teams. With our solutions, hospitals discover new levels of efficiency and effectiveness.

Our people and our hospital partners have received numerous national and international quality and safety awards. Each award recognizes what is so novel yet so obvious about what we do — bringing people together to make outstanding care routine.

“This care model has brought real teamwork to our hospital. Beforehand, doctors had no idea what members of the care team were doing and nurses knew very little about what doctors were thinking. Today, those problems are gone. Communication is infinitely better and there’s a collegiality and empathy among staff that many of us never imagined was possible.”

Physician ACU Medical Director

We originally created SIBR® rounds for ourselves so we could be much more proactive for our patients. When we realized most hospitals have the same need, we created a solution for them, too.

While many hospitals have learned that the secret to proactive care is successful interdisciplinary bedside rounds, most home-grown efforts are costly, typically overlook critical details, and are prone to fail. With the experience of more than 100 implementations, we know exactly what hospitals need for successful interdisciplinary bedside rounds.

The online ACU® Platform is the simplest, most reliable way for hospitals to launch and grow proactive care. With the platform, staff are trained and managers track the SIBR® performance of every doctor and nurse.

We partner with hospitals to help reach self-sufficiency

We offer hospitals the solution they need to be self-sufficient in developing proactive care. We partner with hospitals to achieve that self-sufficiency and take great pride when that happens.

“We’ve been teaching the same way for 50 years, but with this care model we now teach delivery of care. This is exactly where healthcare is heading. Staff and trainees today need to understand that prescribing a therapy is the easy part. The hard part is getting a huge, complicated system to deliver that therapy to the right patient at the right time, while being alert enough to recognize-and-respond when therapy fails or patients drift off course. Traditional hospital care does none of that. But this care model does. This is the future. This is the ‘new way and the ‘old way’ just looks crude and unacceptable by comparison.”

Physician ACU Medical Director

Physician Founder and Chief Executive Officer: Jason Stein MD SFHM

Jason Stein MD ACU SIBR Inventor Creator Developer EmoryWith a commitment to make hospital care better, Jason founded 1Unit to help physicians and nurses reorganize themselves into high-performing, patient-centered teams. Combining 20 years of experience as a hospital physician, teacher, leader, and visionary in the field of hospital medicine with an extensive global network of physicians and nurses, Jason invented and refined the ACU® care model, at the heart of which is Structured Interdisciplinary Bedside Rounds (SIBR® rounds).

This proactive, team-based hospital care model is associated with safer, more effective, and less costly care. When hospital units switch from reactive to proactive care, they typically observe significant improvements in clinical, cost, service, and educational outcomes.

Since 2010, Jason and his inter-professional colleagues have developed the ACU® care model in over 100 hospital units in 16 U.S. states and 4 continents, including the widest range of inpatient units, from medical, pediatric, geriatric, and cardiology units to intensive care, progressive care, long-term acute care, and general surgery, neurosurgery and orthopedic surgery units.

From 2010-2014, Jason served as Associate Vice Chair for Quality in the Department of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. From 2007-2014, he served as Director of Quality and Clinical Research in the Division of Hospital Medicine at Emory.

Jason completed medical school at Emory University School of Medicine, internal medicine residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University in St. Louis, and the Advanced Training Program in Health Care Delivery Improvement at Intermountain Health Care. He served 4 years as Course Director for the Society of Hospital Medicine’s (SHM) Quality Course and Web Editor of the SHM website. Jason co-developed SHM’s Mentored Implementation program, which was recognized in 2011 with the national John M. Eisenberg Award for Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality.

In 2010 and 2015, Jason was recognized with the Society of Hospital Medicine’s Award for Teamwork in Quality, becoming the only person to win that award twice. In 2012, Jason was selected as an Innovation Advisor to the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services. He has been recognized by the Washington University School of Medicine and Emory University School of Medicine with awards for Excellence in Teaching; Humanitarian Service; Leadership; and Faculty Mentoring.

What matters most, though, is that Jason has linked with hospital care experts all over the world, combining performance principles with action-oriented learning to solve a significant problem of global scale — how to make proactive hospital care routine, anywhere and everywhere.