Royal Philips will collaborate with healthcare provider Mercy to expand a telehealth program to surgical and medical units in hospitals across the U.S.
Mercy uses Philips technology for its electronic intensive care unit and stroke management services and the healthcare organization aims to deploy the Philips telemedicine system to 1,500 acute care beds nationwide by 2017, Philips said Tuesday.
“Our acute care program builds on the success we’ve had in the ICU, emergency department and the home, and we will continue to partner with leading health systems like Mercy to expand telehealth programs across the country,” said Brian Rosenfeld, Philips Healthcare chief medical officer for its Hospital to Home initiative.
The program is scheduled to launch April 2014 and is intended to leverage audio and video communications platforms.
Philips intends for the systems to automate vital signs monitoring, increase patient compliance and enable interaction between patients and their families.
Mercy will also utilize Philips’ home care technology that is built to electronically connect physicians to medical facilities, the company says.