University of Pennsylvania Health System launches life-saving eICU® technology

11/08/04

'Open House' for media, November 12th, to preview Penn E-lert

(Philadelphia, PA) – The University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS) will be the first health system in the tri-state area (Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware) to go live with eICU® technology on November 15th. The Health System's Penn E-lert will permit remote "live" coverage of Intensive Care Units (ICUs) by practicing, critical-care physicians – intensivists – via a comprehensive telemedicine system that includes early-warning software, order entry, clinical decision support, electronic documentation, and remote physiologic monitoring. Penn E-lert will be on-line first in the ICUs in the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Pennsylvania Hospital (PAH). UPHS is offering an Open House for media outlets to preview Penn E-lert on November 12th from 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM at 3440 Market Street, Suite 304. Please call Ed Federico for more details and to register.

"This new initiative brings UPHS to the forefront of cutting-edge technology focused on quality and patient care," says C. William Hanson, MD, Medical Director of the Penn E-lert program. "HUP and Pennsylvania Hospitals will set the mark on how to bring ICU care into the future, while at the same time, enhancing patient care." The Penn E-lert system is expected to cover all adult ICU beds in the health system, including those at Presbyterian Medical Center, within 24 months.

Penn E-lert features real-time data, audio, and video monitoring of ICU patients by UPHS intensivists and critical-care nurses, all from one central command center – every day, seven days a week, 365 days per year. The command center – located at 3440 Market Street, Suite 304 – is meant to supplement the on-site care provided in the ICUs by critical-care doctors and nurses, especially during off hours, such as nights and weekends. The eICU® technology is a patented product of VISICU, Inc., located in Baltimore, Maryland.

Penn E-lert will function like an air-traffic control center, providing assistance and guidance to the attending doctors, residents and nurses in the hospital ICUs. The system will be networked via voice, video, physiological monitors and other clinical data with the physicians and nurses in the hospital ICUs. "Penn is committed to enhancing care by utilizing the latest proven technology to more effectively manage a patient's stay in the ICU. Over time, we expect Penn E-lert to help us significantly reduce mortality, complications, length of stay in the ICU, and overall healthcare costs," adds Hanson.

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