CNET News covers eICU technology at Sutter Health in San Francisco powered by Philips
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In response to the surge in COVID-19 patients, the eICU is helping hospital systems manage the shortage of critical care intensivists across the U.S. and around the world. Sutter Health’s eICU program, powered by Philips, runs a first of its kind program on the West Coast, and one of the first health systems in the U.S. to implement an eICU approach in critical care.
CNET news recently spoke with Philips executives Karsten Russell Wood and Dr. Adam Seiver to hear more about the Philips eICU program in place at Sutter Health in San Francisco, along with Dr. Joe Kvedar, President of the American Telemedicine Association.
The eICU and telemedicine in general were already on the rise in the U.S. prior to the pandemic, but the technology has grown exponentially over the past several months in response to COVID-19 cases.
“COVD-19 has showed us the eICU became an absolutely necessary component of being able to respond to surges. With Covid, people discovered the ability to access people remotely applied not only from 300 miles away ... but also from five feet away. We could use our software to not have to go into the room." – Dr. Adam Seiver, Philips
“Philips is constantly adding smart algorithms and AI-enabled tools to leverage medical data so clinicians can make better informed decisions. Predictive analytics allows clinicians to be proactive rather than reactive. You can actually predict adverse events simply by recognizing adverse trends that the system is telling you to look at." – Karsten Russell-Wood, Philips