Just days after the official opening of Mercy’s Virtual Care Center, NPR News takes a closer look – both inside and out.
The article, “A hospital with no beds: The world’s first telemedicine center,” finds Dr. Vinaya Sermadevi closely watching one of 30 intensive care units across five states, via SafeWatch.
"The clarity is amazing,” she explained in the report. “We can even look at pupils to see if they're reactive.” SafeWatch ICUs have seen a 15 percent reduction in the length of hospital stays.
Beyond the walls of the four-story, 125,000-square-foot building, NPR also spotlights Naomi Coulter, 87. She uses her iPad for video conferencing with her Mercy doctor – having her blood pressure, pulse and heart rate checked from the comfort of her own home. She credits Mercy’s virtual home health program with helping her stay out of the hospital.