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eICU(R) Program Activates in Alaska
Date:3/4/2009

Providence Alaska Medical Center implements the most advanced telemedicine program in the state, proven to expand access to critical care specialists, reduce costs, and improve patient outcomes

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, March 4, 2009 /PRNewswire/ -- Providence Alaska Medical Center has implemented a new program to enhance care of the critically ill in remote communities of Alaska. The eICU(R) Program, patented by Philips VISICU, combines early warning alerts and remote monitoring technology to connect off-site critical care specialists to ICU patients and their care teams within the medical center. Providence plans to offer the program to surrounding hospitals, as a supplement to local care, in order to reduce unnecessary complications, transfers and patient length of stay.

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The new eICU Center, located in Providence's Health Park, is staffed round-the-clock by a multidisciplinary critical care team. Visual, verbal and data communications connect the eICU specialists with bedside care teams to enhance the level of care that they can provide locally.

The Providence eICU Center serves as a second set of eyes for remote monitoring of patient vital signs, medications, blood test results, X-rays and other data in Providence's Adult Critical Care unit. With the assistance of advanced computer algorithms, the eICU Program continuously analyzes patient conditions and alerts medical staff to potential problems before they occur. Critical care specialists then guide appropriate intervention to improve patient outcomes and reduce costs.

"Implementation of the eICU Program is one more example of our continuous pursuit of clinical excellence," remarked Dr. Roy Davis, chief medical officer for Providence. "Justice is
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