Royal Philips has partnered with Emory University in Atlanta and Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, to launch a remote intensive care unit allowing physicians based in Sydney to monitor ICU processes at Emory Healthcare, nearly 10,000 miles away.
Using eICU technology, those in Sydney can cover night shifts in Atlanta during their daytime due to the 15-hour time difference. Round-the-clock care is vital to caring for patients with severe and life-threatening conditions; this program minimizes physician and nurse burnout and provides an extra level of support to the in-hospital care team.
Dr. Timothy Buchman, chief of critical care service at Emory Healthcare, spoke to how the program will impact patients around the world:
Thanks to our eICU program we can continuously monitor Atlanta-based patients from [Macquarie University’s] MQ Health in Sydney and support the bedside team by recognizing adverse physiology, making critical diagnoses and intervening before those issues become significant problems. In Australia, these types of technologies also have far-reaching potential to support care of rural and remote patients.
Research on eICU implementation supports the technology. A study comparing patients at standard ICUs versus those that employ eICU technology revealed that patients at those centers utilizing an eICU program were 26% more likely to survive the ICU and were released from the ICU 20% faster.