Health Care Innovation Awards: Project Profile


Project Title: "Rapid Development and Deployment of Non-Physician Providers in Critical Care"
Geographic Reach: Georgia
Funding Amount: $10,748,332
Estimated 3-Year Savings: $18,400,000


Emory University, in partnership with Philips Company and several regional medical centers including Saint Joseph's Health System, Northeast Georgia Medical Center, East Georgia Regional Medical Center and Southern Regional Medical Center, received an award to hire more than 40 critical care professionals, including 20 nurse practitioners (NP) and physician assistants (PA) who are training at Emory's University Hospitals, Saint Joseph's Hospital and Grady Memorial Hospital and deployed to undeserved and rural hospitals in Georgia. Additional training in the use of tele-ICU services for supervision of those NP and PA providers as well as for support of nurses and allied health personnel will reach an additional 400 clinical, technical and administrative support professionals who form the local hospital critical care teams. This innovative strategy will serve over ten thousand Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries and aim to mitigate problems associated with the lack of critical care doctors in the region, improve access to quality health care, and lower costs associated with inefficient care and a lack of transport services which could save approximately $18.4 million over 3 years.

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