|[May 13, 2014]
Vidyo Enables Mercy to Transform Patient Care through Telehealth Services
HACKENSACK, N.J. --(Business Wire)--
Innovation in telemedicine is a top priority for healthcare providers
around the world, and you need look no further than the heartland of
America to find Mercy - the sixth largest Catholic health system in the
U.S. - leading the way in transforming patient care through telehealth.
The St. Louis-based network of hospitals and health facilities spanning
four states is reinventing models for fast and efficient medical
diagnosis and delivery. Mercy SafeWatch, the largest single-hub TeleICU
in the country, enables specialists to continually monitor critical
patient data across 15 hospitals and interact via video communication
with on-site medical teams and patients, virtually expanding each
patient's care team. Mercy doctors and administrators believe that their
latest healthcare technology has the potential to change the face of
patient care in the U.S. and beyond.
According to Wendy Deibert (pictured here), vice president of Telehealth Services at Mercy, the health system expects to expand the use of Vidyo (News - Alert) to even more beds and applications. "With Vidyo we are able to do many things a bedside physician can do, except physically touch a patient. We can see the entire room, from the drips to the ventilator panel, to how the patient looks. We can talk to the family, patient or nurses in the room." (Photo: Business Wire)
Vidyo's visual communications technology is integrated into Mercy's
central TeleICU command center in St. Louis, which also supports other
critical care telemedicine services at Mercy such as telestroke,
telecardiology and teleperinatal. With the integration of Vidyo and
Philips (News - Alert)® eCare Manager, SafeWatch is able to provide
around-the-clock vigilance of critically ill patients. Over 450 Philips
TelelCU monitored beds have been equipped with Vidyo so that Mercy's
critical care doctors and nurses can watch over and communicate with ICU
patients, their families and bedside healthcare staff via Vidyo from a
central command center. According to Wendy Deibert, vice president of
Telehealth Services at Mercy, the health system expects to expand the
use of Vidyo to even more beds and applications. "With Vidyo we are able
to do many things a bedside physician can do, except physically touch a
patient. We can see the entire room, from the drips to the ventilator
panel, to how the patient looks. We can talk to the family, patient or
nurses in the room."
"One of the biggest problems healthcare facilities are facing across the
U.S., is that there isn't adequate access to healthcare," said Thomas
Hale, executive medical director of and Telehealth Services at Mercy.
"With Vidyo, we are now capable of reaching those who need us the most,
when they need us, wherever they are. Vidyo gives us the required high
level of visual acuity, regardless of what kind of device you are
communicating with and what level of bandwidth is available."
"Telemedicine is playing a bigger and bigger role in the care of
patients the world over, and the innovation of new technologies and
models of healthcare is central to the future of medicine," said Dr.
Dale Alverson, medical director, Center for Telehealth and Cybermedicine
Research, University of New Mexico. "Technology should not only be about
making things easier, but also about making things possible. Mercy's
SafeWatch demonstrates just how effective a healthcare system can be
when you have great technology and tools to work with. Vidyo has been
very responsive to the needs of the healthcare industry. They see what's
necessary for us to move into the future and they provide exceptional
solutions to get us there."
"The Mercy program is a testament to what can be accomplished when you
put great technology into the hands of people with vision and a passion
to improve the status quo," said Ofer Shapiro (News - Alert), Vidyo's CEO and
co-founder. "By using Vidyo, Mercy is revolutionizing healthcare and
making programs such as SafeWatch possible with scalable,
cost-effective, visual communication that leverages the public Internet
and existing general purpose IP networks. Healthcare practitioners are
now able to rely on secure, encrypted remote doctor-patient and
doctor-doctor interactions that are as close to face-to-face
consultations as you can get."
The VidyoWorks™ platform allows healthcare providers to deploy high
definition (HD), low latency Vidyo for healthcare anywhere
an examination or consultation needs to take place, from within medical
facilities and patient homes, clinics, other hospitals or physician home
offices. It is a complete, end-to-end
solution with a variety of endpoint options, including VidyoRoom™
systems for conferences or auditorium events, desktop endpoints for
doctors' offices, simple-click, touch screen options for patients at
home, and customized endpoints for medical cart and bedside use in
hospital emergency rooms, operating rooms or clinics. Vidyo offers
natural, multipoint HD video communications that can be accessed from
virtually any device and room size over basic Internet or wireless
networks. Vidyo delivers HIPAA compliant encryption for its endpoints
and is able to integrate with third party H.323 and SIP-based video
conferencing systems. It easily integrates
with established healthcare environments, supporting a variety of
medical devices and interoperating with existing conferencing
Mercy is the sixth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and
serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 33 acute care
hospitals, four heart hospitals, two children's hospitals, two rehab
hospitals and one orthopedic hospital, nearly 700 clinic and outpatient
facilities, 40,000 co-workers and 2,100 Mercy Clinic physicians in
Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach
ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
About Vidyo, Inc.
Vidyo, Inc. pioneered personal telepresence enabling natural, HD
multi-point video conferencing solutions on tablets and smart phones,
PCs and Macs, room systems, that interoperate with legacy H.323 and SIP
endpoints, telepresence solutions and affordable cloud-based video
conferencing as a service solutions. The VidyoWorksTM
platform allows solution providers to integrate high quality visual
communications into their applications, leveraging H.264 Scalable Video
Coding (SVC) and Vidyo's patented VidyoRouter™ technology. Learn more at www.vidyo.com,
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