SoutheastHEALTH Partners to Bring Innovative Technology to Treat Critically Ill Patients

June 12, 2018

SoutheastHEALTH announced today a new partnership with Avera eCARE services to bring technological advancements in care for critically ill patients. SoutheastHEALTH’s new virtual intensive care unit program (eICU) combines predictive analytics, data visualization and advanced reporting capabilities to help deliver vital information faster to bedside caregivers. Remote providers are able to view real-time patient information such as cardiac monitors, lab results and medications, as well as care notes via electronic medical record interface. This technology integration forms a sophisticated predictive analysis, giving the care team, both locally and remotely, the ability to continually monitor patients’ health information to respond to critical changes in health status in the fastest manner possible. This remote support technology empowers Southeast’s care team to make better informed, more efficient and effective value-based care decisions, while improving overall patient safety and avoiding unnecessary transfers to tertiary health centers.

"With the current shift to value-based care, it's critical for SoutheastHEALTH to prioritize both quality and cost of care. Achieving this double aim has its challenges," said Ken Bateman, CEO of SoutheastHEALTH. "The impressive clinical and financial outcomes Avera has achieved through their eICU program reveal how connected technology and remote monitoring programs can not only improve clinical outcomes, but also help patients and families of southeast Missouri get the personalized care they need, when they need it. The program is one more example of how our healthcare system is continuously pursuing clinical excellence through collaborative partnerships.”

Since 2004, the nonprofit Avera eCARE, based in Sioux Falls, S.D., has worked to connect the vast knowledge of specialists to patients in a variety of areas, including rural ones, where immediate access to these services does not exist. Avera eCARE offers one of the largest telemedicine networks in the United States, supporting more than 400 health centers, clinics, long-term care centers, schools and facilities within a 17-state region. Avera’s eICU Intensivists program employs 38 board certified intensivists, all are currently credentialed to practice at SoutheastHEALTH.

Southeast Medical Group’s Chief Medical Officer, Matt Shoemaker, DO and Emily Hurst, MD, eICU Medical Director at Avera, will lead the clinical collaboration efforts focused on providing southeast Missouri patients leading-edge medical treatments.

“By design, this collaboration will enhance the level of care delivered in the intensive care unit by bringing evidence-based medicine and innovations in technology together at the bedside for our critically ill patients, said Shoemaker. “Dr. Hurst has been a valued collaborator and I’m pleased to bring this relationship and partnership together for the benefit of SoutheastHEALTH and those we serve.”