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SOURCE National Jewish Health
DENVER, June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- National Jewish Health has contracted with Banner Health to provide remote, electronic intensive care services for 21 Banner Health hospitals across the Western United States. From a room on the main campus in Denver, National Jewish Health intensive-care experts use a suite of electronic resources to monitor seriously ill patients and provide guidance on their care. They join two other teams, in Phoenix and Los Angeles, on the Banner Telehealth team.
"National Jewish Health intensivists already provide in-person intensive care 24 hours a day at two hospitals in Denver," said Stephen Frankel, MD, chief of critical care and hospital medicine at National Jewish Health. "We believe their experience and expertise provide an invaluable extra layer of care and assure the best possible outcomes for seriously ill patients at Banner hospitals across the West."
With access to patients' electronic health records, vital signs, high-end video links, and two-way communications, National Jewish Health intensivists monitor patients, alert onsite staff at the first sign that a patient needs attention, and suggest best practices for their care.
Banner Health has been using Tele-ICU technology at many of its hospitals since 2007, and today has one of the largest telehealth programs in the nation. Banner has found that Tele-ICU technology improves care, saves lives and shortens ICU stays for patients.
"We are excited about the launch of our new Remote Operations Center on the National Jewish Health campus," said Julie Reisetter, RN, chief nursing officer for Banner Telehealth. "We know our patients will continue to benefit from the high level of technology, and now, from the expertise National Jewish Health intensivists bring to patient care at Banner Health."
About National Jewish Health
National Jewish Health is the leading respiratory hospital in the nation. Founded 115 years ago as a nonprofit hospital, National Jewish Health today is the only facility in the world dedicated exclusively to groundbreaking medical research and treatment of patients with respiratory, cardiac, immune and related disorders. To learn more, visit www.njhealth.org.
About Banner Health
Headquartered in Phoenix, Banner Health is one of the largest, nonprofit health care systems in the country. The system manages 24 acute-care hospitals, the Banner Health Network and Banner Medical Group, long-term care centers, outpatient surgery centers and an array of other services including family clinics, home care and hospice services, and a nursing registry. Banner Health is in seven states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming.
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