News | December 17, 2012

Philips To Work With Mayo Clinic To Reduce ICU Complications And Costs Using CMS Health Care Innovation Award Funding

Philips to provide IntelliBridge interoperability and IntelliVue monitoring solutions along with clinical IT development expertise to further research

Royal Philips Electronics recently announced that Mayo Clinic, Philips Research North America and the United States Critical Illness and Injury Trials Group have been awarded more than $16M from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) to improve critical care for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries in intensive care units (ICU). Data show that 27 percent of such Medicare beneficiaries face preventable treatment errors due to information overload among ICU providers.

The organizations will use cloud-based technology to help prevent medical errors by improving and standardizing clinical decision making, enhancing patient monitoring and better implementing quality metrics. Other participating centers include Duke University, University of Minnesota, Tufts Medical Center, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Albert Einstein Medical School, Montefiore Medical Center and Lawrence General Hospital along with hospitals in Minnesota, Massachusetts, New York and Oklahoma.

“We're grateful that CMMI has recognized the commitment of our physicians, scientists and collaborators to drive patient-centered, high-value care,” says John Noseworthy, M.D., president and CEO of Mayo Clinic. “We remain constant in our unfailing focus on meeting the needs of patients.”

Medical errors can cause devastating and measurable harm in acute care settings, adding significantly to health care system costs. To comprehensively address this issue and transform the deluge of patient data into actionable insights, the collaborators are creating a cloud-based clinical decision support system built on Mayo Clinic’s Ambient Warning and Response Evaluation application. The project includes a secure, bi-directional communication connection to the cloud where the data is analyzed, interpreted and sent back to the facilities’ care teams to be displayed and mobilized for patient alerts. 

This system will leverage Philips’ IntelliBridge Enterprise as a single point of interoperability, acquiring and aggregating critical data from the participating hospitals’ information systems and high fidelity patient monitoring systems, including Philips IntelliVue monitors. The system promotes data standardization by creating a large, rich, normalized data set, allowing CMS and the participating hospitals to track on-the-fly performance measures further supporting comparative effectiveness and clinical research. Expansion of the system is also allowed, as additional applications can be deployed when technology evolves. Through secure encryption channels, ensuring both patient privacy protection and mobile delivery of data, the system is expected to support this cloud-based delivery model in any ICU in the U.S., or around the world.

“Meaningful improvements to ICU patient care are emerging from this collaboration,” said Mike Mancuso, CEO, Patient Care and Clinical Informatics, for Philips Healthcare. “This technology is helping to enhance medical decision making and reduce medical errors in a sustainable way, ultimately addressing the reality of how care is delivered in an evolving health care environment.”

Over a three-year period, the collaborators will train 1,440 existing ICU caregivers in four diverse hospital systems to effectively use new health information technologies to manage ICU patient care. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation estimates that this project will save more than $80M while creating new health care jobs.

The Health Care Innovation Awards fund up to $1B in grants to applicants who will implement compelling new ideas to deliver better health, improved care and lower costs to people enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program, particularly those with the highest health care needs.

CMS Health Care Innovation Awards support nationwide projects that are designed to deliver high quality medical care, enhance the health care workforce and save money. Among other factors, awardees were selected based on their use of innovative solutions to meet communities’ health care challenges. For more information, visit http://www.healthcare.philips.com/us_en/products/Solutions/ClinicalITatWork/index.html. 

About Royal Philips Electronics
Royal Philips Electronics is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through meaningful innovation in the areas of Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips posted 2011 sales of EUR 22.6 billion and employs approximately 122,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. The company is a leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as male shaving and grooming, home and portable entertainment and oral healthcare. For more information, visit www.philips.com/newscenter.

SOURCE: Royal Philips Electronics

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