Philips India expands hospitals network linked via its eICU to offer quality critical care

Our Bureau, BengaluruThursday, June 27, 2013, 16:10 Hrs  [IST]

Philips India, the leader in critical care equipment, has announced the expansion of the network of hospitals connected using the IntelliSpace Consultative Critical Care (ICCC) solution. It is linked via the pioneering global eICU platform.

It allows an intensivist at a central location to monitor patients in distant multiple Intensive Care Units (ICUs), in real time without compromising on quality of information available to them. It provides a solution to the growing shortage of qualified physicians and nurses, while dramatically improving quality of care.

The new hospitals added to this network include Aditya Hospital (Warangal, Andhra Pradesh), Sreeranga Hospital (Chengalpet, Tamil Nadu) and Geetanjali Hospital (Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu). These hospitals will be connected to the Chennai-based InTeleICU, which will act as the command centre monitoring the ICUs of the newly connected hospitals.

“It is a well-known fact that only the most critical patients of a hospital are housed in ICUs. Although bedside care providers are present in the ICUs, monitoring all the patients all the time, including multiple high-acuity patients, is a big challenge. This is where a solution like InteliiSpace CCC can be extremely helpful,” stated Dr N Ramakrishnan, managing director and CEO, InTeleICU

“The IntelliSpace CCC solution has been designed to meet two big healthcare challenges that India is currently facing – lack of qualified Critical Care experts and access to quality Critical Care for people in smaller towns and villages. With the help of this solution, patients can now be monitored by Critical Care experts from miles away, without having to move to a bigger city,” said A Krishnakumar, president- Healthcare, Philips India.

The IntelliSpace Consultative Critical Care solution, conceived and developed at Philips Innovation Campus Bangalore, is an innovation that focuses on the needs of the community today. The focus of this solution is on empowering and providing best specialized advice to the onsite clinical staff and working collaboratively with all other specialists. Additionally, sophisticated clinical Decision Support Systems allow the command centre to manage many more patients enabling access and reach to the masses. It is an advanced clinical decision support and documentation solution designed to improve clinical and financial outcomes.

Some of the benefits of ICCC include access to qualified experts and facilities from Tier I metro cities, ability to deliver the same level of care to Tier 1 and Tier 2 hospitals and providing consistent practice standards of critical care medicine, meaningful alerts and dashboards that make it convenient for intensivists at the command centre to act quickly on critical patients and, given decades of experience in developing products for Critical Care, a cost-effective technological transformation.