Telemedicine use has been increasing exponentially and is expected to become a common tool in remote emergency departments, inpatient wards, and ICUs for acute care. Telemedicine involves real-time, live interactive high-definition video and audio communication that allows critical care physicians to have a virtual presence at the bedside of any critically ill patient. There is increasing data to support new care models that incorporate telemedicine in caring for the critically ill, resulting in higher care quality; more efficient resource use with improved cost-effectiveness; and higher patient, family, and remote provider satisfaction. As further research is conducted, the best use of telemedicine will be better defined and will result in increased access to critical care expertise to a larger population of patients requiring ICU services.
- critical care
- intensive care unit
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
- Management Science and Operations Research
- Critical Care