ALTON – A remote-monitoring technology successfully added at six OSF HealthCare acute care facilities has now been rolled out to support ICU services at Saint Anthony’s Health Center.
OSF ConstantCare — called eICU — is intended to add a level of clinical support and help hospitals prevent potential patient complications within the intensive care unit. The goal is to save lives, reduce complications, decrease length of ICU stays and better manage health-care costs.
Through the technology, a specially-trained eICU team of critical care physicians, nurses and other health-care professionals can accurately monitor critical care patients 24/7 from an off-site location, called the eICU Center.
The eICU center is located in Peoria, the home of OSF HealthCare.
“The OSF ConstantCare and our eICU program work hand-and-glove with our intensivists and critical care team here at OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center,” said Ajay Pathak, president and CEO (shown). “Together they continue to provide the highest quality care to our most acute patients, 24-hours a day.”
OSF ConstantCare has the ability to help hospitals detect the slightest changes in a patient’s condition, resulting in quicker responses and implementation of clinical protocols. The eICU team can then remotely assist on-site hospital staff to collaborate through the treatment plan.
“By utilizing OSF ConstantCare, admitting physicians can go home at the end of the day knowing there will be ongoing monitoring of their patients by a remote critical care specialist,” said Dr. Bill Tillis, medical director of OSF ConstantCare. “The technology can also help free up resources at the ICU bed-side so nurses can provide the direct care that is needed.”
– The Illinois Business Journal