Mercy Virtual, St. Louis, has formed partnerships with two health systems to provide telemedicine services in each of their respective intensive care units (ICUs).

Mercy Virtual, part of Mercy health system, Chesterfield, Mo., recently signed a partnership agreement initially to monitor ICU patients at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

The partnership will expand over time across Penn State Health facilities and programs, drawing on both health systems’ expertise to create new care models.

“Virtual care will positively impact our quality, cost and the patient experience across our health system and beyond because it will allow us to identify and meet patients’ needs earlier,” says Craig Hillemeier, M.D., CEO, Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Health System.

“Having this ‘second set of eyes’ on our most ill and injured patients will identify and meet patients’ needs faster, often presenting simpler and less-intensive solutions,” he says.

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