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Aurora Health Care To Become The First In Wisconsin To Provide eICU Care


10/19/2005 5:10:50 PM

BALTIMORE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 8, 2004-- VISICU Life-Saving ICU Technology to be Offered throughout Aurora's System

VISICU, Inc., creator of the eICU(R) solution, announced today that Aurora Health Care, based in Milwaukee, will become the first health system in Wisconsin to offer life-saving eICU technology to its critical-care patients. Aurora offers care in more than 80 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin. The Aurora system, which includes 14 hospitals and 100 clinics, is a nationally recognized leader in efforts to improve the quality of health care. The agreement with VISICU underscores the health system's commitment to providing the highest quality care.

The eICU solution uses high-fidelity telemedicine, Smart Alerts(R) early warning software and electronic monitoring to connect and provide off-site critical care physicians and nurses with the information needed to proactively manage ICU patients, enabling fundamental changes in hospital ICU care. Initially, Aurora will connect an eICU facility to 80 ICU beds located at St. Luke's Medical Center and Aurora Sinai Medical Center, both in Milwaukee, and Aurora Medical Center in Kenosha.

"This technology has been shown to both save lives and reduce costs, and we are pleased to be able to enhance our care in this way," said G. Edwin Howe, president of Aurora.

Nick Turkal, M.D., senior clinical vice president of Aurora, said: "The eICU technology provides an extra layer of safety. It will enable our doctors and nurses to bring the right care to our patients around-the-clock."

"We are very pleased to partner with a nationally recognized leader like Aurora Health Care, which is spearheading the effort to bring the life-saving eICU solution to Wisconsin's critically ill patients," stated Frank T. Sample, VISICU president and CEO.

About VISICU

VISICU, Inc., a privately held company founded in 1998 by two intensivist physicians from Johns Hopkins, is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland. The eICU(R) solution enables hospitals to standardize ICU care across multiple hospitals and leverage scarce intensivist resources. From a centralized eICU facility, intensivists and nurses monitor and care for ICU patients through a high-fidelity telemedicine network that has been likened to air traffic control. Proprietary software is used to proactively manage patient care and electronically connect the "patient to the doctor," 24 x 7. A study of the eICU system published in Critical Care Medicine (Crit Care Med 2004; 30:31-38) proved the clinical and financial benefits. The eICU solution is continually recognized for its technology innovations and in 2004 VISICU won the Microsoft Healthcare Users Group (MS-HUG) award, in 2002 the eICU solution was recognized as one of the Top 100 technical innovations by InfoWorld magazine and in 2001 the company won the Healthcare Informatics and Technology Award. For more information please visit www.visicu.com. eICU(R) and Smart Alerts(R) are registered trademarks of VISICU, Inc.

Contacts

VISICU, Inc., Baltimore Cheryl Isen, VISICU Public Relations 425-222-0779 cisen@visicu.com or

Aurora Health Care Ted Bobrow, 414-319-5700, ext. 241 tedbobrow@zizzogroup.com



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