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IBM and VISCU wire telemedicine network for US military hospitals

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IBM, has partnered with healthcare technology vendor, VISICU to wire a telemedicine network to provide remote critical care support to military hospitals along the Pacific Rim. The system includes IBM BladeCenter servers and a VISICU product, which enables remote monitoring of intensive care units. Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu will manage the remote monitoring and support system using VISICU’s eICU technology on IBM BladeCenter servers in collaboration with the University of Hawaii. The eICU center in collaboration with remote military hospitals will provide an enhanced care to active duty military personnel and their families. VISICU’s eICU solution electronically connects military hospital throughout the Pacific Rim with the remote eICU centre in Hawaii. Patients can get instantaneous access to critical care specialists, who are able to monitor patient status and directly speak with patients. Now the eICU specialists can support more than 300 patients across the Pacific Rim using the state-of-the art network and video technologies with device connectivity and smart alerts. Tripler is supporting Joint Medical Operations with the U.S. Naval Hospital in Guam, four thousand miles away. IBM servers and system-storage technology will allow the telemedicine network to support more than 300 patients over 4,000 miles.

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