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Fortis, GE Healthcare jointly launch tele-ICU for critical patients

New Delhi: Even as the concept of tele-medicine or clinical care through technology is yet to find ground in India, medical experts on Friday announced the launch of a tele-intensive care unit (ICU) for management of critically ill patients in small towns.

(From Left-To-Right) Dr Amit Verma, Executive Director, CritiNext, Fortis Group of Hospitals, Terri Bresenham, President and CEO, GE Healthcare South Asia and Aditya Vij, CEO, Fortis Healthcare at the press conference in Delhi on Friday, announcing the launch of Asia’s first electronic Intensive Care Unit (eICU) facility – CritiNext.

The project ‘CritiNext‘, a collaborative venture of Fortis group and GE Healthcare, promises to take intensive care into digital age by providing 24X7 medical care to patients through internet-based communication.

“Tele-ICU would connect a command centre in a super speciality hospital to a district hospital of a local hospital. The super speciality hospital and experts there will provide advanced consultation, care and monitoring to local hospital’s critically ill patients without having physically transferring them anywhere,” said Amit Varma, executive director of CritiNext, Fortis group.

The system is first of its kind in the country, experts say.

“It is a pay-per-use system where GE Healthcare will help us with technology and Fortis group will support manpower needs,” Varma added.

The system is currently operational in Chhattisgarh’s Raipur and Uttarakhand’s Dehradun. According to the management, two more hospitals in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh are expected to be operational by this year’s end.

The tele-ICU system involves remote ICU monitoring technology with experts who help reduce medical errors by guiding hospitals with shortage of critical care experts. The experts at the command centre also access the diagnostics reports other than communicating with the doctors. [Source: IANS]

One Comment

  1. sudipmed sudipmed Saturday, July 7, 2012

    definitely a worthsome breakthrough in technology. Would like to see it in west bengal too.

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