Andover, MA. – With critical care costs in the U.S. totaling roughly $80-100 billion per year, new research published today in CHEST Journal’s Online First highlights ICU telemedicine as key to enabling hospitals and health systems
to improve patient care at lower cost. The study, which examined the impact of Philips Hospital to Home eICU Program on 118,990 critical care patients, across 56 intensive care units (ICUs), 32 hospitals and 19 health systems over a five-year
period, demonstrated reductions in both mortality and length of stay. The results were statistically significant on both an unadjusted and severity-adjusted basis.
The study, entitled “A Multi-center Study of ICU Telemedicine Reengineering of Adult Critical Care,” was authored by Craig M. Lilly, MD, Professor of Medicine, Anesthesiology and Surgery at the University of Massachusetts Medical
School and Director of the eICU Program at UMass Memorial Medical Center. Participants were comprised of 19 healthcare systems using Philips’ eICU program. The eICU program is a comprehensive technology and clinical reengineering program
that enables healthcare professionals from a centralized eICU center to provide around-the-clock care for critically ill patients. The eICU program utilizes bi-directional audio/video technology, population management tools, proprietary
clinical decision support, real-time and retrospective reporting tools and targeted process redesign.
If you'd like to learn more, this topic is explored in greater detail in "A Multi-center Study of ICU Telemedicine Reengineering of Adult Critical Care."