Philips activates eICU Program in Alaska

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Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska, has implemented a new program to enhance care of the critically ill in remote communities of Alaska.

The eICU 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, the company said.

Providence said it plans to offer the program to surrounding hospitals, as a supplement to local care, to reduce complications, transfers and patient length of stay. With the assistance of computer algorithms, the eICU Program continuously analyzes patient conditions and alerts medical staff to potential problems before they occur.

The medical center plans to partner with hospitals outside of its network to bring 24x7 specialist support to surrounding communities and their patients, according to Philips.