A new video monitoring system for intensive care units has reduced patients' mortality by 12% at Oak Brook, Ill.-based Advocate Health Care, the Chicago area's largest healthcare provider, the organization reports.
The eICU system, developed by Baltimore-based VISICU Inc., has been in operation for five months at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Ill., and for four months at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, Ill., the organization says in a release.
The average mortality rate for patients at Lutheran General's eICU was 8.6% compared with 9.7% before installation, and Good Shepherd's eICU had a 7.2% mortality rate compared with 8.2% beforehand, Advocate reports.
Like an air-traffic control center, the eICU features around-the-clock audio and video monitoring of ICU patients at different hospitals by board-certified critical care specialists and trained ICU nurses at one central command center.
Advocate operates eight acute care hospitals, two children's hospitals, a home healthcare company and three of Chicago's largest medical groups.
In addition to Advocate, the eICU is in use or being installed at an HCA hospital in Richmond Va., Memorial Hermann Health System in Houston, Texas, NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare in New York, N.Y., Saint Luke's Health System in Kansas City, Mo.; Sentara Healthcare in Norfolk, Va., Sutter Health in Sacramento, Calif., Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, and Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.