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CINCINNATI’S CHRIST HOSPITAL EMPLOYS
XANTECH’S NEW INTELLIGENT SYSTEM MANAGER FOR LIFE-SAVING eICU®
PATIENT MONITORING SYSTEM
— Xantech provides the critical link for an enhanced level of
proactive healthcare that continually analyzes patient conditions and
alerts medical staff of potential problems, while allowing for a simplified
patient-doctor videoconferencing protocol —
INFOCOMM, ORLANDO, FL, June 17, 2009 —
Cincinnati’s Christ Hospital recently became the first hospital
in its region to implement VISICU’s patented eICU® Program,
employing an extensive range of products from Xantech Commercial, a
leader in the field of audio/video remote control and distribution for
40 years. The eICU Program combines early warning software and remote
monitoring to connect off-site critical care physicians and nurses to
ICU patients around the clock. The Christ Hospital’s eICU Program,
called Critical Connections, supplements existing ICU bedside care,
allowing eICU and ICU teams to work together to provide an enhanced
level of proactive care. The combination of early warning software and
remote monitoring, along with doctor-patient videoconferencing, has
been proven to reduce unnecessary complications, shorten the hospital
length of stay and improve mortality rates.
This complex network of computers and sensors operates
smoothly with a flexible intelligent remote control system, consisting
of several products from Xantech, which were installed by Cincinnati-based
CTS Technologies. Central to the system’s design are Xantech’s
ISM4 Intelligent System Manager, CRMWIC Commercial Room Monitor/Web
Intelligent Controller, 283M Blink-IR Mouse Emitter, SMMAG01 Magnetic
Sensor Module and SMVID01 Video Sensor Module. As part of the eICU hardware,
these Xantech units help monitoring physicians have complete control
over patient observation and communication with on-site personnel.
With the added functionality of Xantech products, the
eICU Program vastly improves Christ Hospital’s previous doctor-patient
videoconferencing systems, which required two separate video monitors
in each patient’s room (one for conferencing, one for television).
With these prior systems, the dedicated conferencing monitors needed
to stay “on” at all hours, creating unnecessary utility
costs, not to mention the financial burden of extra television units,
and increasing the possibility of the monitor being inadvertently turned
off. Xantech products offer a solution to these problems by combining
both television and conferencing onto one monitor. This is made possible
with Xantech’s newly-introduced ISM4 Intelligent System Manager,
which can turn the monitor on, if necessary, and switch to videoconference
mode, along with the CRMWIC Commercial Room Monitor/Web Intelligent
Controller, which stores the TV information for retrieval post-conference.
With Xantech’s help, the eICU system cuts down on energy consumption
and the video monitors that the hospital needs to buy, all the while
offering a more reliable, finely-tuned life-saving solution.
“We selected Xantech products because they are essential
to the system’s functionality, plus they are flexible and dependable
while being cost-effective,” stated Mark Cohea, CTS Technologies
Director of Technology Business Development. “Caring for critically
ill patients leaves no room for error, and we can rely on Xantech products
to provide exactly what the eICU Program needs in terms of reliability
Rick Seegull, Xantech Director of Business Development,
stated, “We are very pleased to have been chosen by CTS Technologies
to be an integral part of the eICU Program, which provides critical
information to the physician and ultimately will help save lives. The
eICU Program represents another way that technology is being used to
augment traditional medical care, and it is noteworthy that Xantech
is a key component.”
The Christ Hospital plans to expand its Critical Connections
program to surrounding communities, in order to provide enhanced critical
care coverage for ICU patients in other hospitals. Through the Critical
Connections Program, such patients will have access to around-the-clock
advanced critical care experts, located in the Christ Hospital-based
Critical Connections Center, without having to leave their local hospital.
Photo File 1: Xantech_CH1.JPG
Photo Caption 1: Pictured L-R: Xantech Director of Business Development
Rick Seegull, CTS Technologies Director of Technology Business Development
Mark Cohea and The Christ Hospital’s Jeff McNamee.
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Photo Caption 2: Xantech’s ISM4 Intelligent System Manage and
CRMWIC Commercial Room Monitor/Web Intelligent Controller, integral
parts of VISICU’s eICU Program, recently implemented at The Christ
Hospital in Cincinnati.
About The Christ Hospital
The Christ Hospital is a 555-bed, not-for-profit acute care facility,
offering services in cardiovascular care, spine treatment, women’s
health, major surgery, cancer, behavioral medicine, orthopedics, emergency
care, kidney transplant and others. It is consistently recognized by
U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s top hospitals,
and has been named Cincinnati’s Most Preferred Hospital for 13
consecutive years by National Research Corporation (NRC). For more information
about The Christ Hospital, visit www.TheChristHospital.com.
VISICU, a Philips company, provides healthcare information technology
and clinical solutions focused on transforming the delivery of critical
care through its eICU® Program. Through remote eICU® monitoring
technology and clinical intelligence, experienced critical care resources
are leveraged to provide enhanced coverage and early intervention for
safer, more effective patient care. Currently more than 200 hospitals
serving over 300,000 patients annually have partnered with VISICU to
implement eICU programs. More information is available at www.VISICU.com.
eICU is a registered trademark of VISICU. All rights reserved.
About Xantech Commercial
A leader in the field of audio/video remote control and distribution
for 40 years, Xantech first pioneered and patented the idea of remote
control extension systems in 1983. Over 2,000,000 of these systems have
now been installed worldwide. Because of Xantech’s innovation
and reputation, they have become the first choice of thousands of installers
worldwide. Xantech’s program of continuous product development
and improvement has resulted in a number of industry firsts, including
the first in-wall infrared receiver module, the first peephole infrared
receiver module, the first infrared sender amplifier and the first learning
in-wall IR based keypad.
Xantech Commercial expands upon this foundation to bring
new opportunities to the commercial field, providing scalable, user-friendly,
and cost-effective audio/video control and distribution solutions. Xantech’s
experience and expertise developed over the past 20 years has given
them a unique insight into the challenges of multi-room control and
distribution systems, as well as the needs of the professional installer
For additional information about Xantech and its innovative
products, please visit www.xantechcommercial.com.
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