Philips forms new alliance to introduce remote monitoring programme

14 May 2018 (Last Updated May 14th, 2018 16:54)

Royal Philips has partnered with US-based academic health system Emory Healthcare to introduce a new remote intensive care unit (eICU) monitoring programme to enhance critical care and outcomes for high-risk patients in the country.

Philips forms new alliance to introduce remote monitoring programme
WA Health Minister in Perth in conversation with US-based Emory Healthcare via the eICU workstation. Credit: Koninklijke Philips N.V.

Royal Philips has partnered with US-based academic health system Emory Healthcare to introduce a new remote intensive care unit (eICU) monitoring programme to enhance critical care and outcomes for high-risk patients in the country.

Based at the Royal Perth Hospital in Western Australia, the programme was pilot tested by Emory Healthcare in Sydney in 2016.

The critical care physicians and nurse experts under the programme are set to offer medical care to patients in the US from the Royal Perth Hospital by using Philips’ eICU monitoring technology.

“It is intended to enable near real-time monitoring of patients remotely and early intervention through audio-visual technology, which can be used to communicate with local providers and advise on treatments.”

Philips designed the technology as a virtual care model to deliver remote night-time critical care support to patients at Atlanta, Georgia, during daytime hours in Perth, thus minimising the night-shift work burden.

The solution employs smart algorithms to predict deteriorations in health.

It is intended to enable near real-time monitoring of patients remotely and early intervention through audio-visual technology, which can be used to communicate with local providers and also advise on the treatment.

Royal Philips ASEAN Pacific market leader Caroline Clarke said: “This partnership is enabling a crucial shift in the delivery of care, impacting clinical outcomes, where technology supports clinicians to deliver more proactive and timely care to patients across the globe.

“Access to highly experienced intensivists and critical care nurses is an ongoing challenge for hospitals internationally, and virtual care solutions, like the eICU programme, can help deliver much-needed expertise to areas where this is lacking.”

During the pilot, the programme is said to have demonstrated benefits in saving lives, as well as boosted provider satisfaction and cost savings by reducing the length of stay and inpatient readmission.