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University of Mississippi Health Care Implements eICU Program

Posted on: March 4, 2010
UMHC collaborates with Philips VISICU to enhance critical care deliveryMississippi – University of Mississippi Health Care (UMHC) announced today its activation of the Philips VISICU eICU® Program to enhance the quality of critical care across Mississippi. As the first in the region to implement this technology, UMHC is planning to serve as a center of excellence for critical care across Mississippi.

UMHC’s eICU Program, called IntensiviewTM, supplements existing bedside care, with eICU and ICU teams working together to provide early intervention and optimal care. The eICU Program, patented by Philips VISICU, combines state-of-the-art clinical decision support and remote monitoring technology to connect off-site critical care physicians and nurses at UMHC to ICU patients and their bedside care teams. With its proven track record of expanding access to critical care specialists and improving patient outcomes, the eICU Program will allow UMHC to enhance the quality of care and access to specialist care across the state.

UMHC represents the clinical enterprise of the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. A total of 83 beds will be monitored with Intensiview, including all ICUs, four transplant beds and four stroke beds. The technology will be expanded to other hospitals in the state, starting with Delta Regional Medical Center in Greenville, an arrangement made possible through collaboration with Delta Health Alliance. DHA supports health and wellness initiatives that target the Mississippi Delta.

“Because the Delta is so short on medical specialists, specifically intensive care specialists, and because few residents can travel to Jackson or Memphis to receive care, we are bringing those specialties to the Delta, via computer and interactive video connections.” “This project,” according to Dr. Karen C. Fox, President and CEO of DHA, “will allow us to include more communities in a medical network and provide the best care to our most critical patients in the Delta.”

“We are excited to be expanding our patient care services to include this layer of critical care support that can only be found at the state’s academic medical center,” said David Putt, interim CEO of University Hospitals and Health System. “Our mission is to provide the highest quality care available to our communities, and this program gives us the means to enhance that level of service at the Medical Center and in partnership with other Mississippi hospitals.”

The eICU team includes an intensivist physician, specially trained in caring for critically ill patients, who monitors ICU patients from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., when the patient’s attending physician is typically not present in the hospital. The team also includes experienced critical care nurses, who monitor ICU patients remotely 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Intensiview resources serve as supplemental support to the bedside care teams, continuously analyzing patient conditions and alerting medical staff to potential problems before they occur. In addition, the Intensiview eICU Program will enhance critical care training for nursing and medical students as University of Mississippi’s ongoing commitment to clinical education.

Philips VISICU is leading the transformation of critical care through its eICU Program. Using remote monitoring technology and clinical intelligence, critical care resources are leveraged to enhance specialist access, improve clinical outcomes, and reduce healthcare costs. To learn more, visit www.eicu.net.

eICU® is a registered trademarks of Philips VISICU. All rights reserved.

About University of Mississippi Medical Center
The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC), located in Jackson, is the state’s only academic medical center. University of Mississippi Health Care represents the clinical programs of the Medical Center and includes University Hospitals and Health System and University Physicians, the faculty group practice. UMHC includes four hospitals and 722 licensed beds for adult and pediatric patients