With more than 5 million patients treated in ICUs each year and the increasing shortage of qualified ICU intensivists, telemedicine offers help to hospitals who develop programs to access qualified providers. Incorporating offsite ICU intensivists will improve expert care at patients’ bedsides while reducing unnecessary transfers, increasing patient volume, and maximizing ROI, with incremental DRG reimbursement. A comprehensive Tele-ICU program can also help your hospital meet Leapfrog ICU Physician staffing standards.
The Tele-ICU project enables intensivist physicians located at a facility to perform intensive care assessments via video conference to patients in rural hospitals. With the appropriate medical diagnostic equipment, viewing room equipment, , and level of connectivity, specialist physicians not otherwise available in rural locations are able to conduct a remote intensive care assessment via telemedicine. The medical diagnostic cart is a mobile, wireless computer hardware and software station with a range of features to support physicians and nurse practitioners in facilitating a remote intensive care assessment via a video conference. The medical diagnostic cart proposed for the Tele-ICU project includes a more robust offering of medical diagnostic equipment than the diagnostic cart for TelePsych visits. The cart would include the capacity to integrate with additional diagnostic peripherals such as an Otoscope, HD Dermal Camera, and Stethoscope. Using this medical diagnostic cart and its associated medical equipment, nursing staff connect patients at the regional hospital end-user sites with specialist physicians to conduct a remote intensive care assessment via telemedicine. At the hub, the primary equipment to be installed include a monitor, computer workstation, HD webcam, and speaker, to create a specially equipped viewing assessment room for the physician to conduct the remote intensive care assessment of the patient.