Fortis and GE Introduce Asia’s First eICU

Dr. Amit Verma, Executive Director, CritiNext, Fortis Group of Hospitals, Terri Bresenham, President & CEO, GE Healthcare, South Asia, and Aditya Vij, CEO, Fortis Healthcare Ltd at the press conference in Delhi, announcing the launch of CritiNext

GE Healthcare and Fortis Healthcare have introduced CritiNext, an electronic intensive care unit (eICU) facility, to enable small towns in India to have affordable critical care access. Considered the first eICU in the whole of Asia, CritiNext combines GE’s Centricity High Acuity Care Solutions and expert acute care from Fortis.

In answer to the shortage of ICU beds and intensivists, CritiNext provides critically ill patients in remote regions advanced consultation, monitoring, and care at the local hospital itself, without transferring them to well-equipped super-speciality hospitals. This helps reduce costs and prevent potential risks that could be encountered while transferring the patient. The team of intensivists at CritiNext will also be able to assist local physicians in monitoring and timely treatment using audio/video functionality offered by GE Solution. As a 24/7 service, the eICU can monitor patients in real time. In addition, inbuilt smart alerts can indicate trends in a patient’s condition, and rules-based engine can track clinical parameters to generate clinical notifications.

Having a command center in Delhi, CritiNext has gone live in 34 ICU beds across two hospitals in Dehradun and Raipur, with plans to bring into operation two more in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. Starting small, the collaboration aims at a national roll out to connect a minimum of 500 ICU beds across 20 facilities by 2014.

Aditya Vij, CEO, Fortis Healthcare Ltd believes that the eICU will become an accepted standard practice in India down the line. In an already remote-health savvy country like India, access to critical care can be considered as the next step in bridging the urban-rural barrier.

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