Avera Health Touts Success with Philips eICU program

Ahead of the 2018 Annual Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Conference, Royal Philips, a global leader in health technology, announced the Philips eICU program has helped Avera Health, a South Dakota-based integrated health system, enhance care quality and efficiency by partnering to deliver significant clinical and financial outcomes through the ICU division of their telemedicine program, Avera eCARE.

The Avera eCARE ICU program results achieved in the last 12 months demonstrate the benefits of leveraging innovative, decision-support technology to help deliver high quality care across rural populations, while minimizing gaps in care. Avera eCARE ICU currently monitors 36 hospitals in nine states across the country.

As the nation’s clinician shortage continues to grow, rural areas are increasingly struggling to provide patients with quality access to the personalized care they need in a timely manner.

In widely dispersed communities, clinical teams have limited access to the expertise from intensivists, specialists and critical care nurses. Patients can be transferred to tertiary care centers in the nearest city, but this option requires expensive and lengthy air transfers. Leveraging telehealth technology can help rural hospitals increase access to quality care by providing the bedside team with expert guidance and 24/7 monitoring of critically ill patients.

“Avera implemented eCARE ICU to support providers in rural communities by reducing physician isolation and improving the collaboration of providers,” said Deanna Larson, CEO, Avera eCARE. “Implementing Philips’ eICU program helped our organization transform how we provide critical care while simultaneously reducing healthcare costs. The program ensures the most critical patients are continuously monitored, by leveraging the utilization of telehealth specialists to evaluate and alert bedside providers of the patients’ condition.”

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