Jackson-based University of Mississippi Health Care (UMHC) has activated Philips VISICU eICU Program “to enhance care of the critically ill in rural communities of Mississippi.”
The program will connect off-site UMHC critical care physicians and nurses to ICU patients and their bedside care teams. The remote eICU team monitors patient conditions to alert bedside staff of potential problems and guide early intervention and treatment.
UMHC’s Intensiview Program supplements existing bedside care, with the remote eICU team collaborating with the ICU team to provide early intervention. The eICU team includes an intensivist physician, specially trained in caring for critically ill patients, and critical care nurses providing remote 24×7 supplemental support to the bedside care teams. UMHC also plans to use the Intensiview Program to enhance critical care training for nursing and medical students.
A total of 83 beds will be monitored with Intensiview, including all ICU beds, four beds for transplant patients, and four beds for stroke patients. Intensiview services will be expanded to other hospitals across the state, starting with Delta Regional Medical Center in Greenville, Miss.
This is a great example of how healthcare IT can be utilized to improve patients outcomes and practice in rural areas.