Doctors to go mobile with telemedicine at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles

Aliso Viejo 01 June 2006Advanced medical information systems developer, Global Care Quest Inc. (GCQ) has entered into an agreement with Childrens Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) to give doctors remote access the hospital's video telemedicine system via notebook computers using GCQ's new ICIS Live mobile video-conferencing system. Currently physicians go to one of six regional hospitals with a specialized system to use the video system in CHLA's Virtual Paediatric Intensive Care Unit.

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CHLA's telemedicine system is a cart-mounted device wheeled bedside that allows physicians to interact with patients, doctors and other health care professionals via a video link. Currently the telemedicine capabilities are limited to CHLA and six regional hospitals who also have these systems, requiring doctors to go to the facility in order to utilize it. Under the GCQ-CHLA agreement GCQ will provide its Integrated Clinical Information System (ICIS) and Video-conference software module (ICIS Live) to CHLA which will give doctors access to the telemedicine system from any location - office, home or on the road - via a notebook or desktop computer and high speed Internet connection.

The GCQ-CHLA agreement is the latest in a series by GCQ that has it providing doctors with mobile access to a broad range of hospital and patient data. Recently the company announced a deal with Century City Doctors Hospital that will give that hospital's physicians mobile access to patient X-Rays and CT-scans, real-time vitals, and other patient data via smartphones, handheld computers and PDAs.

Six months ago GCQ completed an extensive pilot at UCLA Medical Center where the company provided mobile and desktop access to a broad range of critical care patient information including labs, rounding notes and nurse charting systems, as well as X-Rays, CT Scans and vitals. More than 1000 physicians at UCLA worked with ICIS during that programme.

Global Care Quest is the developer of the Integrated Clinical Information System (ICIS). ICIS performs real time integration and delivery of digital medical records, charting, bedside monitoring equipment and laboratory results to physicians and medical teams via stationary and wireless PCs as well as handheld wireless devices. ICIS improves access to patient data, enhances patient safety, and trims the cost of care by delivering critical patient information when and where it's needed. Founded in 2005, the company is venture backed by Lexington Ventures and headquartered in Aliso Viejo, California. More GCQ news is available in the VMW March 2006 article Sprint and Global Care Quest introduce mobile access to patient data.


Leslie Versweyveld

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