About eICU

Alaska’s geographic isolation and the distances between communities can make care of critically ill patients in community hospitals especially challenging. The eICU at Providence Alaska Medical Center supports bedside providers in community hospitals in caring for these vulnerable patients.
Providence launched the eICU Program to improve the quality of care in Alaska by providing 24-hour critical care specialists through remote means. Evidence-based medicine demonstrates that intensivist oversight can have measurable impacts on clinical outcomes; yet, intensivist physician resources are scarce and economies of scale prohibit many Alaska hospitals from employing these physicians.
Quality Care
  • 22% improvement in the severity-adjusted hospital mortality rate at eICU program sites when compared with the national average
  • >25% reduction in severity-adjusted mortality in the ICU
  • >25% reduction in severity-adjusted length-of-stay in the ICU
  • Improves overall quality of care
  • Reduces patient complications
Track Record of Success
  • 200+ hospitals have implemented an eICU program
  • 250,000+ patients receive care through an eICU program each year
Community Hospital Benefits
  • Improves critical care patient throughput
  • Helps avoid capital expenditures
  • Keeps appropriate patients in the local community hospital
  • Supports professional fee billing
Provider Satisfaction
  • Increases physician satisfaction
  • Increases nurse satisfaction
  • Reduces staffing turnover
For more information
To learn more about Providence eICU, please call (907) 212-6801, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To find general information and specific health topics, visit our online health library.