The Role of Telemedicine in Treating the Critically Ill

James P Marcin, Meghann Marcin, Candace Sadorra, Madan Dharmar

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)70-74
Number of pages5
JournalICU Director
Volume3
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2012

Keywords

  • critical care
  • eICU
  • intensive care unit
  • pediatrics
  • tele-ICU
  • telemedicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Critical Care

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