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Sentara's Life Saving eICU to be Demonstrated to President's Advisory Council 

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Washington, D.C.-June 12, 2002 -Sentara Healthcare's life saving intensive care system, eICU, will be demonstrated to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Policy on June 12th, 2002, in Washington, D.C. This highly advanced life monitoring equipment has produced a dramatic reduction in intensive care mortality through the use of technology. Sentara was the first in the nation to implement eICU, the only remote monitoring and management system for critical care patients.

The purpose of the demonstration, which is being conducted jointly by Baltimore based Visicu, the company that developed eICU, along with Intel Corporation and Cisco Systems, will be to demonstrate to the White House different applications for broadband technology. The eICU will illustrate how broadband can be used to distribute urgent health care services and information from a central location to remote areas in real-time.

Broadband is a high-capacity communications pipeline capable of delivering a range of voice, video and data services simultaneously to the home in an interactive, reliable manner. For the demonstration, broadband technology will be used to connect a mobile eICU in Washington D.C. to an intensive care patient in an Intensive Care Unit at Sentara Bayside Hospital in Virginia Beach.

Applications for this capability can be used for leveraging scarce health care providers such as intensivists to patients in underserved areas and for Homeland Defense in the event of bio-terrorism. In addition to Sentara, other health care systems implementing eICU technology include New York-Presbyterian. Military hospitals have also seen the benefits of centralized care and Walter Reed Army Medical Center is currently installing an eICU with Congressional funding.

"VISICU's eICU solution represents an exciting new technology which further demonstrates the benefits of broadband connectivity," says Don Whiteside, Intel's Vice President of Government Affairs. " Intel is working hard to facilitate the deployment of broadband networks to allow communities to take advantage of the eICU and similar technologies. That's why we've partnered with VISICU and are anxious to demonstrate the combined capabilities."

Intensive care patients at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Sentara Bayside Hospital and Sentara Hampton General Hospital are continuously monitored by intensivists who work online from the remote eICU location. The intensivists can monitor the condition of the patients, check vital signs and communicate with hospital staff, patients or family members when the primary care physicians are not at the patient's bedside.

"Nothing we have seen to date has so dramatically altered the quality of care for intensive care patients," said Rod Hochman, M.D., Senior Vice President and Chief Medial Officer for Sentara.

An independent six-month study performed by Cap Gemini, Ernst & Young (CGEY) shows the eICU® reduced intensive care mortality rates at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital by 25% and shortened the average length of stay for these patients by 17%.

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