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Life is not a Matter of Milestones but Moments: First eICU Brings Specialists to Patients in India


"CritiNext eICU solution is a perfect example of how we can take scarce, quality expertise and through innovation, extend it for better health of more people,” says Terri Bresenham, President and CEO, GE Healthcare India.

Mr Rawat* was admitted into a hospital ICU in Dehradun, India in critical condition on June 5th. His family, distressed and anxious, wanted him to be transferred to a Delhi hospital for more specialist treatment: a transfer which at this crucial stage might cost him his life.

Mr Rawat is one of many high-risk patients in India that don’t have access to the specialist care they need due to their geographical location.

Now, a new level of connectivity is possible in hospitals across India, making universal access to quality specialty healthcare possible for patients in rural Indian areas. The launch of a new electronic Intensive Care Unit (eICU) means that critically ill patients will no longer have to travel to specialists in potentially harmful hospital transfers.  With the new eICU, specialists can help physicians in remote hospital units across the country, taking their expertise directly to the patients.

The first eICU in Asia, called CritiNext, is powered by GE’s Centricity High Acuity Care Solutions and used by critical Fortis Health Care experts. This system is already in use, monitoring 34 ICU beds in two small hospitals based in Raipur and Dehradun. CritiNext addresses the shortage of staff in rural care facilities and enables physicians to manage their ICUs more efficiently.

Thanks to remote monitoring, there is also another pair of eyes that can help to enhance patient care.

The smart alerts built into CritiNext can flag trends in patients’ condition and track parameters, using them to generate clinical notifications and alert the CritiNext team. “CritiNext is a solution to bridge this huge gap of ICU beds by providing specialist care at the point, where it is needed in a cost-effective way. It also provides successful evidence-based outcomes helping standardize the critical care for the patients irrespective of where they live,” says Dr. Amit Varma, Executive Director of CritiNext.

Through CritiNext, Mr Rawat was placed under 24/7 monitoring by critical care experts from the Delhi Command Centre.Minute details were planned, executed & followed through with hourly briefings to the local team during the first crucial 48 hours of recovery. On his third day in hospital, Mr. Rawat was taken off his ventilator. In a week’s time, he walked home. Mr Rawat’s life is the first impacted by the electronic Intensive Care Unit, after just four days of going live.

*Patient’s name has been changed for the publication of this story.


CritiNext is already in use, monitoring 34 ICU beds in two small hospitals based in Raipur and Dehradun.