Today, Philips and Emory Healthcare have announced the launch of a (eICU) remote intensive care monitoring program based at Royal Perth Hospital in Western Australia. Through this program, Emory Healthcare will use advanced technology that enables clinicians to monitor multiple critically ill patients remotely, alert ICU staff to any issues and ensure early intervention to improve outcomes. Based on the successes of a pilot program Emory Healthcare ran out of Sydney in 2016, this partnership is a next phase for Emory Healthcare.
Through this partnership, Emory’s critical care physician (intensivists) and critical care nurse experts will be able to provide medical care to patients in the US from Royal Perth Hospital using Philips’ remote intensive care unit monitoring technology (eICU). This model will allow Perth-based US clinicians with the ability to provide remote night-time critical care support to patients in the US, and help reduce the burden of traditional night shift work.
The eICU program allows for near real-time remote patient monitoring and early intervention via advanced audio-visual technology. Smart algorithms can predict deteriorations in health, giving clinicians the ability to communicate with local caregivers via live video link, to continuously monitor patient health, and advise on the best course of treatment from wherever they are located.
The Philips eICU program has delivered proven success for Emory Healthcare since its implementation four years ago. The program demonstrated that remote ICU monitoring can help to save lives, increase provider satisfaction and drive cost savings through length of stay reduction and inpatient readmission decrease*. The solution is part of a connected, patient-centered care and analytics suite that supports advanced care delivery models both in the hospital and to the home.
“The partnership of eRNs and eMDs in the Emory eICU is a primary component of the success of the program,” added Cheryl Hiddleson, Director Emory eICU Center. “This is why Emory decided to send one physician and one nurse to Perth, so that collaborative effort is maintained. The goal of the program and its clinicians to ensure quality patient care is also preserved by continuing this model.”