Collin Arocho
9 July 2020

The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded Philips with a new contract for 100 million dollars (roughly 88 million euros) to expand the VA’s tele-critical care program. This new system would be used to provide veterans with remote access to intensive care expertise, no matter the patient’s location in the world. The 10-year contract leverages Philips’ historical expertise and innovation including research into technologies that can better support veterans, telehealth, tele-critical care (EICU), diagnostic imaging, sleep solutions and patient monitoring.

Philips tele critical care center
Philips tele-critical care center. Credit: Philips

VA is the largest integrated healthcare system in the US, consisting of more than 1,700 sites and serving nearly nine million veterans each year. It has become a leader in developing telehealth services in order to improve access to care and federate care delivery. As part of an overall telehealth program, EICU enables a co-located team of specially trained critical care physicians and nurses to remotely monitor patients in the ICU regardless of patient location. EICU also helps optimize care costs, enhance clinician and patient satisfaction and improve outcomes.

“VA’s relationship with Philips will help to expand and improve our tele-critical care program,” says Robert Wilkie, US Secretary of Veterans Affairs. “This is particularly critical to provide Veterans access to quality health care when and where they need it and for improving their health outcomes.”