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Tele-ICU - Expanding the reach of acute care

Intensive Care Units (ICUs) are facing increasing challenges. More patients have chronic conditions that require monitoring around the clock, such as cancer and coronary heart disorders. An aging population is contributing to the need for additional critical care beds, stressing resources. There is a shortage of critical care specialist and adequate level of care, particularly in remote regions and secondary hospitals. Such challenges has been amplified during pandemic like COVID-19. IntelliSpace Consultative Critical Care (ICCC) allows the establishment of Tele-ICU facilities with remote monitoring and consultation to support high-quality patient care.
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What is Tele-ICU

 

What is tele-ICU? In its simplest form, a tele-ICU enables off-site clinicians to interact with bedside staff to consult on patient care. One centralized care team can manage a large number of geographically dispersed ICU locations to exchange health information electronically, in real time. A tele-ICU, is a supplement – not a replacement – to the bedside team, offering support to increasingly scarce clinical resources.

 

How Tele-ICU works: Tele-ICU programs concentrate clinical resources in remote care centers (a central monitoring facility) and extends those resources to the bedside via technology, independent of the care center or hospital’s location. Using A/V conferencing and a real-time data-stream of patient information from multiple interfaces, a physician working from a care center in New York City can rapidly care for a patient in Seattle, day or night. This connectivity enables an already engaged intensivist to promptly intervene and consistently provide care aligned with best-practices.

 

What is the value of a tele-ICU investment? Download our whitepaper on demonstrated operational, financial and clinical ROI.

Integrated dashboard for census management

Integrated dashboard for census management


ICCC software features an integrated dashboard:

 

  • Provides an overview of all monitored patients for rapid clinical review
  • Group and prioritize patient lists based on acuity, ICU, hospital, and ventilation status for efficient and effective virtual rounding
  • Customizable display based on the needs of the peripheral ICUs and Tele-ICU staff
  • Audio-visual controls and clinical data for quick and easy review of patient-specific information
Growing shortage of critical care specialists

Expanding the reach of care


ICCC provides remote monitoring support in the critical care environment through its ability to integrate, aggregate, and present meaningful clinical data.

 

The tele-ICU staff continuously monitors patients in multiple, geographically distributed ICUs, supporting local clinicians by providing additional patient oversight, clinical collaboration.

 

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Interdisciplinary collaboration regardless of location

Interdisciplinary collaboration regardless of location


An extra set of eyes on patient status data. Proactive notification and escalation when that data indicates a concern. Particularly when census is high, or in the evenings or on weekends when there may be fewer on-site staff, the tele-ICU center provides an expanded care team and peace of mind. Tele-ICU enables:

 

  • Support bedside stuff with clinical best practices
  • Around-the-clock access to remote clinicians and two-way communication with bedside team
  • Enabling critical care close to home

The ICCC Solution

ICCC solution
Clinicians at the tele-ICU center

Clinicians at the tele-ICU center have access to the same patient data that is available at the bedside, including vital signs data and waveforms. In addition, they can view data from CIS or EMR, including patient history, lab results, admissions information, and medication orders.

 

Tele-ICU centers bring expertise from where it is available to where it is needed, allowing patients to remain in familiar surroundings while still having full access to an interdisciplinary team of experts.

Calculating the value

 

Calculating the value: Users are finding that tele-ICU not only serves a critical role in the effective regional management of ICUs, but positively impacts the healthcare system as a whole. Having a centralized remote patient monitoring center provides the ability to consolidate and standardize care, reduce transfers while maximizing bed utilization, and support onsite staff. This reduces costs while enhancing revenues, patient flow, and capacity management across the system.

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