How Mercy is Using Technology to Bring Health Care to the Patient

Can quality health care come at home, rather than the hospital? Dr. Gavin Helton, president of clinical integration at Mercy Virtual, thinks so. Helton in March assumed that role alongside Vance Moore. They share responsibility for Mercy’s virtual care strategy, with Helton focusing on clinical care and Moore on operations. Helton, a primary care physician, said the integration of virtual care is the next major step in restructuring care distribution. Helton talked with the Business Journal during SingularityU St. Louis Chapter’s first panel discussion on empowering communities with access to technology. Read the full article by clicking here.

Mercy Virtual Services Help Patients Maintain Better Control of Chronic Illness

From her home in rural Washburn, Mo., Norma Stryffeler answers a video call on her iPad to visit with her Mercy Virtual navigator Christina Meckfessel, who is located more than 280 miles away in suburban St. Louis. Stryffeler has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and a few months ago, Mercy Virtual helped her get Internet at home and supplied her with a monitoring kit that included an electronic tablet, a wireless scale that records and transmits her weight and an electronic blood pressure monitor with pulse oximeter. Stryffeler has a Mercy Virtual care team made up of Meckfessel, a nurse and … Read the whole story »

VitalConnect Launches Continuous Patient Monitoring Platform in Hospitals Nationwide

VitalConnect®, Inc., a leader in wearable biosensor technology for wireless monitoring in hospitals and remote patient populations, announced today the launch of the Vista Solution™ platform. The Vista Solution platform enables wireless, real-time, continuous patient monitoring, and delivers a seamless feed of patient data that supports timely caregiver analysis in the hospital or at home. The new platform integrates the company’s existing VitalPatch® wearable biosensor, which is the only FDA cleared Class II device that continuously measures eight biometrics in real-time. Together, the Vista Solution and the VitalPatch biosensor offer an elegant, best-in-class solution that increases patient mobility and comfort, provides oversight … Read the whole story »

Is Telemedicine the Future of Care?

Mercy Virtual has been called a hospital without patients, and the description is both true and false. There are neither beds nor patients in the gleaming four-story medical facility, which opened in late 2015 in Chesterfield, Missouri, a St. Louis suburb. But the facility is a hub of very real care for very real patients, in hospital beds and at home. Part of the Mercy health care system, which spans 44 hospitals in the Midwest, Mercy Virtual is the incarnation in bricks and mortar of what has generally been consigned to the ether: virtual care. Also referred to as telemedicine or … Read the whole story »

Mercy Named Top Five Health Care System in the U.S.

Shorter hospital stays, fewer complications and better patient results are just a few metrics used to rank Mercy as one of the top five large health systems in the nation, alongside Mayo Clinic. The 2017 Truven Health 15 Top Health Systems, which includes five large, five medium and five small systems, analyzes 337 health systems and 2,924 hospitals across the U.S. Click here to find the listings. “For the second year in a row, we are honored to be named one of the top five large systems in the nation for the medical care we provide to our communities,” said Lynn Britton, … Read the whole story »

Mercy Named Top Five Health Care System in the US

study recognizes five large, five medium and five small systems from 338 health systems and 2,422 hospitals across the U.S. The focus on health-care associated infections is a new metric in the study this year due to its impact on patient care – including reducing deaths – as well as lowering the cost of care. Mercy’s efforts tied to C-diff reduction have led to significantly higher prevention and earlier detection, and have resulted in avoiding more than $5 million in health care costs from 2016 to the present. Watson Health, an IBM company and formerly known as Truven Health, produces … Read the whole story »

Mercy Virtual Flies High in Delta Airlines’ Sky Magazine

Mercy Virtual has landed in the world’s most-read in-flight magazine. More than 5 million Delta Airlines passengers are thumbing through an article featuring the Mercy Virtual Care Center. The latest issue of Delta Sky Magazine focuses on the launch of telemedicine, and how innovative methods at Mercy, Kaiser Permanente and Cleveland Clinic are changing health care. Dr. Randy Moore, Mercy Virtual’s president, speaks to the success of the Mercy Virtual Care Center since it opened in late 2015; the article “Stay Well, Virtually,” also reflects on Mercy’s roots. “The center is the first of its kind in the world, but … Read the whole story »

Prevention Magazine Ranks Mercy Virtual Among 2016 Medical Breakthroughs

With a new year on the horizon, Prevention Magazine is counting down the “20 Best Medical Breakthroughs of 2016” and Mercy’s Virtual Care Center has a prominent spot. The article, featured in the December 2016 issue, highlights medical firsts; game-changing drugs and devices; as well as fascinating research that will “change your life immediately.” The work being done by hundreds of Mercy Virtual doctors and nurses inside the world’s first “hospital without beds” is helping the health care industry by “moving away from brick and mortar and relying on technology to keep people healthier,” Dr. Randy Moore, Mercy Virtual president, told the popular health publication. To … Read the whole story »

Mercy Virtual Care Center Design is “Making a Statement”

Mercy Virtual’s unique design gets a prominent spot in the latest issue of Medical Construction & Design, a major source of news, technology and research in the construction industry. The cover story of the November/December 2016 edition, entitled “Making a Virtual Statement,” takes a deep dive into the four-story, 125,000-square-foot facility that “delivers a new frontier of care delivery, bringing telemedicine to more people and places than ever before.” Click here to flip through the virtual pages of the magazine. The cover of the November/Decemer 2016 issue of Medical Construction & Design.