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Philips launches telehealth software at ATA

Steve Rogerson
April 27, 2017

Philips announced its eCareManager 4.1 enterprise telehealth software at this week’s American Telemedicine Association's Annual Telemedicine Meeting & Trade Show in Florida.
This technology builds on the Dutch company’s work in delivering population health management systems to help combat shortages of critical care teams by providing actionable insights to help improve outcomes in the most complex patient cases. Additionally, the streamlined workflows of eCareManager 4.1 allow intensivists to provide more efficient care across a larger patient population, allowing for greater scale and potentially reducing operating costs.
"Now more than ever health systems need to seamlessly integrate and utilise tools that will help their organisation optimise resources and take care of as much of the patient population as possible," said Manu Varma, business leader at Philips Wellcentive. "As we continue to face physician shortages, allowing health systems to scale their services while providing quality outcomes is critical in the shift to value-based care. This technology eases the burden on physicians by allowing them to see more patients and making the critical care delivery process more efficient, opening up more beds and improving readmission rates."
Built to be source-agnostic, eCareManager, a Class II FDA 510(k) medical device, will provide seamless clinical integration between the teleICU and bedside care teams to help promote proactive care and coordination, allowing quicker intervention for high risk patients. In a critical care environment where every second counts, the platform's clinical decision support algorithms and CensusMosaic, an organ-based visual layout and information display, are designed to save valuable time with a streamlined, single-screen view and upgraded entry process for improved data integrity.
"TeleICU technology is a powerful asset in providing proactive care by making quick catches around subtle changes in patient care and showing which patients need immediate attention," said Dana Gilbert from Presence Health. "Since implementing Philips' eCareManager 4.1 as part of the beta testing process under IRB governance, we have been able to improve workflow efficiency for our clinicians and increase the number of patients that our team can oversee at a time while maintaining improved patient outcomes and thereby giving Presence Health one more way to provide quality, compassionate care."
The introduction of version 4.1 at ATA follows Philips' announcement earlier in the month spotlighting Emory Healthcare's implementation of Philips' eICU platform to reduce hospital stays and readmissions, resulting in an estimated savings of $4.6m during a 15 month comparison period. This demonstrates how Philips' population health management systems are simultaneously helping health providers deliver quality care to more patients while improving care outcomes.
Philips' population health management systems, including dozens of eICU programmes serving patients across the USA, are designed to leverage a proactive and seamless model to transform clinically the delivery of care to address growing clinician shortages, while improving patient outcomes. The eICU programme supports high ratios of provider-to-patient population management for teleICUs and helps intensivists monitor larger populations, which should increase productivity while decreasing operational costs.