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Acceptance of Tele-ICU as Standard of Care Drives Growth
Advanced ICU Care, the nation’s leading provider of high-acuity telehealth services, announced that the company is now contracted to provide acute care and monitoring to more than 1,000 acute care patient beds across more than 65 partner hospitals in the United States.
“This threshold represents a significant milestone in our company’s history, as hospitals and health systems increasingly recognize the value of our technology-enabled clinical services in delivering superior ICU patient outcomes while delivering a compelling ROI,” said Lou Silverman, chairman and CEO of Advanced ICU Care. “From a modest beginning, introducing a tele-ICU service to support two initial clients, we now stand as an organization dedicated to providing acute care and monitoring to patients in 1,000 monitored beds across more than 65 hospitals in 24 states. Additionally, we are privileged to have as colleagues a distinguished clinical staff of almost 150, working in 8 critical care centers across 6 time zones. This makes Advanced ICU Care the largest and most experienced high acuity telemedicine partner in the nation, as well as the nation’s largest ICU.”
Advanced ICU Care provides 24/7/365 “always on” technology-enabled critical care services to ICU patients at client hospitals. For patients in these partner ICUs, highly-trained critical care teams led by an intensivist (i.e., a physician trained in critical care) actively provide remote care, utilizing continuous data feeds from hospital EHR systems and bedside monitoring equipment, as well as two-way audio/video connectivity. This enables active monitoring and care management via telemedicine while collaborating closely with the physicians and nurses within the hospital, a partnership that consistently yields 30 to 40 percent decreases in ICU mortality and 25 to 30 percent reductions in average ICU length of stay for a hospital while delivering an ROI of 2-6X. In addition to delivering excellent patient outcomes and ROI, the ability to analyze clinical data across this large set of hospitals and patients enables the company to constantly report, evaluate and improve on its performance and practices.
“Being among those at the frontier of tele-ICU care and helping to develop both the best practices and the service and collaboration models has been gratifying,” said Isabelle Kopec, M.D., co-founder and vice president, medical affairs for Advanced ICU Care. “The growth of our service, the privilege of partnering with more than 65 hospitals, and the increasing acceptance of ICU telemedicine as the new standard of critical care, as recognized by our achievement of this 1,000-bed milestone, validates the vision of our early years.”
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