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

ho will be participating in the "Telemedicine's Expansive Potential" panel at this week's U.S. News & World Report's Hospital of Tomorrow conference in Washington, DC. "Adding acute care telehealth services is a natural extension of our successful eICU and telestroke programs and will allow us to support our mission to provide quality care to patients in need, regardless of location."

Mercy expects to launch the Philips-enabled acute care program by April 2014. In addition to bi-directional audio and video access in patient rooms, the program will include several key features that address:

  • Readmissions reduction – Recorded discharge instructions, uploaded into a patient engagement portal to reinforce self-care and adherence to therapies at home.
  • Increased patient safety – Automated monitoring of vital signs with remote triggers around early warning signs, to avoid complications, including cardio-pulmonary arrest.
  • Increased patient satisfaction – Video visitation, enabling patients to easily interact with family members and friends.
  • Clinical best practices – Including early detection of sepsis, pressure ulcer management and fall prevention.

Mercy's acute care program is designed to complement its home care technology provided by Philips, all of which will be critical components of the Mercy virtual care center, one of the first freestanding facilities of its kind in the U.S. The center will be staffed by hundreds of health care providers linked electronically to Mercy and other partner hospitals, via telehealth tec
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