How eICUs are helping hospitals deal with coronavirus overload

These remote-monitoring facilities were already helping the sickest patients get access to critical-care COVID-19 has further proved their value.

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Shaughnessy, who also happens to be the longtime medical director here at the Sutter Health Bay Area eICU, says the program’s goal hasn’t changed much since its earliest days back in 2004: making sure the sickest patients at both rural and urban hospitals in its geographically diverse system get access to specially trained nurses and doctors 24 hours a day.

If you ask Shaughnessy and Bay Area eICU Operations Director Lisa Ochoa what tech innovation has been the most transformative for their program, the answer is clear: the electronic health record, or EHR, which is a collection of patient health information in digital format that can be shared across different health care settings.

Wurth is caring for the patient, a woman in her late 40s in acute respiratory failure at Sutter Alta Bates Medical Center in Berkeley, California, from 20 miles across the bay, in San Francisco, at one of the Sutter Health medical system’s two electronic intensive care units, or eICUs.

Philips executive Karsten Russell-Wood, whose company supplies hospital systems like Sutter with the eICU, or teleICU remote-monitoring technology, says one of his clients, Emory Healthcare, took the concept of spreading ICU clinicians around one step further — and farther.

Adam Seiver, a longtime medical director for Sutter’s Sacramento eICU hub and who also works for Philips, says Sutter’s program has gone through three phases.

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