New Study Reveals Benefits of Philips’ eICU Program

Phillips Joins The World Of App-Based HealthcareWith health systems in perpetual search for new cost-effective ways to manage their growing populations in an era of value-based care, Royal Philips has just announced the acceptance for publication of a study in CHEST that “demonstrates the benefits of intensive care unit (ICU) telemedicine.”

The study results establish that the Philips eICU Program with centralized bed management control increased case volume by up to 44 percent and improved contribution margins by up to 665 percent, or $52.7 million.

The study assessed three clinical models of ICU care over time: 1) traditional ICU care without telemedicine, 2) centralized tele-ICU care, and 3) tele-ICU care with a logistical center to improve ICU bed utilization.

“The ability of tele-ICU programs to increase case volume and access to high quality critical care while improving margins suggests a strong financial argument for wider adoption of ICU telemedicine by health systems and intensivists,” says Craig M. Lilly, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Anesthesiology and Surgery at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Director of the eICU Program at UMass Memorial Medical Center. “It has been well documented that properly implemented telehealth programs can have a significant impact on patient outcomes, and this study now supports the financial investment behind it.”

“An ICU bed costs approximately $2 million to build, and this study demonstrates a significant increase in case volume by better utilizing existing resources,” adds Tom Zajac, Chief Executive Officer and Business Leader, Population Health Management, Philips. “This shift enables care for expanding populations without having to build and staff additional ICU beds, thus helping hospitals thrive in a value-based care environment.”

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