28th July 2023: Medanta group of hospitals, a leading healthcare service provider, announced the launch of Tele-ICU services in India as Medanta e-ICU project, in association with GE HealthCare, a leading global medical technology and digital solutions innovator, with a vision to nurture ‘super specialty based critical care practices’.Thisassociationaims transform healthcare delivery and address the existing gaps in critical care, with high-level knowledge transfer via 24×7 Medanta e-ICU Command Centre, powered by cutting edge technology from GE HealthCare that equips both central and bedside medical teams.
The Command Centre was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath.This medical-technical platform will provide near real-time patient monitoring, even during the odd hours like midnight, enabling early patient interventions.As a result of this fusion, the decision-making ability of an ICU can bring extraordinary results in clinical outcomes.
In India,the availability of round-the-clock, well qualified on-site intensivist staff is limited and costly which can result in delays of appropriate clinical decisions and may lead to increased morbidity, mortality, and financial burnout. Alternate strategies were needed to bring expertise and proactive, continuous care to critically ill patients. TheCommand Centreaids direct integration ofhospitals systems to devices, enabling increased efficiency, greater collaboration, enhanced patient care, and a reduction in cost of care, improving the overall experience for patients and clinical teams. Medanta will support the service delivery with the help of a closed super specialised critical care medicine team at the command centre, applying globally accepted best practices.
Dr. Naresh Trehan, Chairman & Managing Director, Medanta said, “Infrastructural gaps in critical care are more pronounced with limited resources in districts and smaller towns. Through this association with GE HealthCare, we aim to offer valuable lifesaving digital/tele-ICU services. The platform will provide continuous 24×7 advanced consultation, care, and monitoring to critically ill patients without having to physically transfer them to a super-specialty hospital, enhancing a healthcare professional’s capability to treat and consult more patients.”
Chaitanya Sarawate, President & CEO, GE HealthCare South Asia and Managing Director, Wipro GE Healthcaresaid,“Our mission is to bringquality care to every citizen in India. With thisassociation, we are combining our proven precision technology with expert clinical knowledge from Medanta to help break the barriers of accessand cost; and contribute to better patient care and improved outcomes across all of India.” He further added, “In critical patient conditions, accurate diagnosis is vital and every second matters.The Command Centre, powered by guidance from a super speciality critical care team will help make this possible. Medanta is among the finest healthcare institutes in the country with deep clinical knowledge and we are confident this associationwill be a big step forward in transforming critical care delivery in India.”
Dr. Dilip Dubey, Director, Medanta Digital Critical Care Services said, “Evolution of critical care medicine as a super speciality took long journey. Over a period, the medical world acknowledged the importance of its diversified approach which incorporates the potential of superior diagnosis establishment, intelligent monitoring, and timely therapeutic decisions. To match the above standards, Medanta created a dedicated tele-ICU team to cater these digital critical care services. The team will work round the clock in theCommand Centre, with specific expertise in diagnostic critical care medicine and ICU infections.”
In January 2023, GE HealthCare completed its spin-off and began trading on Nasdaq.Over the past decades, GE HealthCare has strengthened its presence in India by investing significantly in R&D, manufacturing, distribution capabilities and supply chain.