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Mercy Teams Up with Philips to Launch Telehealth Services
Date:11/4/2013

ANDOVER, Mass. and ST. LOUIS, Nov. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Mercy, one of the earliest providers of telehealth for critical care in the U.S., and Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) today announced that they will collaborate to expand Mercy's telehealth services to include medical and surgical hospital units. Telehealth enables clinicians to remotely monitor and manage patients in any location and is one of the fastest growing care delivery models. Mercy is currently managing 430 intensive care unit beds with the Philips eICU program and multiple Emergency Departments with the Philips Telestroke Program, and will soon extend these services to medical and surgical hospital units.

As patient acuity in hospitals continues to increase, care of patients on medical and surgical units represents an area of substantial unmet need and consumption of health care resources. By 2017, Mercy is planning to provide the Philips eAcute program to 1,500 acute care beds not only within the Mercy system, but across the U.S.

The sixth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S., Mercy operates 32 hospitals and 300 outpatient facilities across Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma, as well as outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Mercy's eICU and telestroke programs have been supported by Philips technology since 2006. The positive impact of telehealth on length of stay, readmissions and patient safety is a game changer and why Mercy is expanding into acute care.

"We have never been more convinced of the power of telehealth to improve patient access and outcomes and reduce costs," said Lynn Britton, Mercy's president and CEO,  w
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