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First-of-its-kind virtual ICU

A new “virtual ICU” (VICU) will extend OHSU’s critical care expertise across eight hospital sites — three OHSU Health and five community hospitals — using the GE Healthcare Mural Virtual Care Solution.

The VICU provides critical care specialists at OHSU with digital tools to deploy hospital-defined care protocols to remotely identify changes in patient status, respond in real time and support local clinicians caring for patients in their local communities.

“I can fully focus on the patient — who may be hundreds of miles away physically — in real time, by watching vital signs, lab values, waveforms and other parameters,” said Marshall Lee, M.D., medical director of OHSU TeleICU. “And by enabling audio and visual support in the patient room, I can virtually visit and collaborate with the local bedside team.”

The Mural platform integrates data from multiple systems and devices to digitize each hospital’s best practices and clinical protocols. It provides a comprehensive, real-time view of patient status that is scalable across a selected care area, hospital or entire health system. Mural will also provide analytics on clinical information to drive continuous improvements and eliminate workflow inefficiencies like double documentation in the electronic medical record.

The VICU benefits patients by keeping them in their local communities near family and friends; supports local economies by maintaining resources, such as ambulances and revenue, in the immediate area; and improves efficiency by allocating hospital beds, resources and staff to the most critical patients.

“Through the VICU, we can supplement the local expertise in a variety of ways and durations — from a single shift to several a week — bringing much-needed relief and support to the clinicians on the ground,” said Joe E. Ness, M.H.A., R.Ph., senior vice president and chief operating officer of OHSU Healthcare.

“The VICU enables us to execute our vision of increasing the level of care in community hospitals, allowing patients across the state of Oregon to receive the care they need closer to home while reducing unnecessary transfers and optimizing ICU capacity in the area.”

Meet our new providers

Advanced heart failure

    • Appointments and titles

      • Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, School of Medicine
    • Expertise

      • Cardiology
      • Internal Medicine
      • Heart Failure and Transplant
    • Appointments and titles

      • Instructor of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, School of Medicine

Adult congenital heart disease

    • Appointments and titles

      • Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, School of Medicine
    • Expertise

      • Cardiology
      • Congenital Heart Disease
      • Heart Disease in Women

Hematology

    • Appointments and titles

      • Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Medical Oncology, School of Medicine
    • Appointments and titles

      • Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Medical Oncology, School of Medicine
    • Appointments and titles

      • Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Medical Oncology, School of Medicine
    • Appointments and titles

      • Instructor of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Medical Oncology, School of Medicine
    • Appointments and titles

      • Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Medical Oncology, School of Medicine
    • Expertise

      • Cancer
      • Hematologic Malignancies
      • Hematology
      • Leukemia
      • Oncology
    • Appointments and titles

      • Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Medical Oncology, School of Medicine
    • Appointments and titles

      • Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Medical Oncology, School of Medicine
    • Expertise

      • Hematology Oncology
      • Hematologic Malignancies

Surgical oncology

Radiation oncology

    • Appointments and titles

      • Assistant Professor of Radiation Medicine, School of Medicine
    • Expertise

      • Cancer
      • Radiation Oncology

Nephrology

Neurodevelopmental disabilities and neurology

Otolaryngology

    • Appointments and titles

      • Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology, School of Medicine
    • Expertise

      • Otolaryngology (ENT)
      • Cochlear Implants
      • Hemangiomas and Vascular Malformations
      • Nasal and Sinus Surgery
      • Otolaryngology Surgery (Pediatric)
      • Otolaryngology/ENT (Pediatric)
      • Sleep Disorders Surgery (Pediatric)
      • Velopharyngeal Insufficiency

From common health concerns to specialized treatments, OHSU is honored to provide care for you and your family. We are thankful for your continued trust, and we will keep doing our best to maintain your confidence and respect. To learn more, please visit www.ohsu.edu/best.

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