Posts Tagged ‘ICU’

Infographic: Why Use Telemedicine in the ICU?

October 14th, 2015 by Melanie Matthews

With the dramatic increase in the number of ICU patients in the United States, combined with a shortage of qualified ICU intensivists, many hospitals are turning to telemedicine to help monitor ICU patients.

A new infographic by Eagle Hospital Physicians shows how telemedicine is currently being used in the ICU along with the benefits of cost-savings and improved quality of care that hospitals and other healthcare facilities are realizing.

Why Use Telemedicine in the ICU?

The world of digitally enabled care is exploding: the number of patients using telehealth services will rise to 7 million in 2018, according to IHS Technology; healthcare apps and ‘wearables’ are trending in technology circles and healthcare providers’ offices; and CMS’s new ‘Next Generation ACO’ model is expected to favor expanded telehealth coverage.

2015 Healthcare Benchmarks: Telehealth & Telemedicine delivers actionable new telehealth metrics on technologies, program components, successes and ROI from 115 healthcare organizations. This 60-page report, now in its fourth year, documents benchmarks on current and planned telehealth and telemedicine initiatives, with historical perspective from 2009 to present.

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2 Performance Improvement Tools Help Physicians Work Smarter, Not Harder

February 13th, 2014 by Cheryl Miller

In light of health reform, physicians need tools to help them work smarter, not harder, says Mark Shields, MD, MBA, senior medical director for Advocate Physician Partners (APP) and vice president of medical management for Advocate Health Care. Among the tools the organization has introduced since 2004 is the eICU®, which enables physicians to monitor ICU patients 24/7. If physicians engage in this sophisticated tool at the highest level, they can change course or therapy if clinically appropriate.

You have to give physicians tools to re-engineer their practice and improve performance. We are not talking about working harder; these are clinicians who are already working very hard. Instead we are talking about working smarter. Many of those tools are technology tools.

Between 2004 and 2010 we added more technology tools to assist our physicians. We used disease registries — online tools to track patients with a given condition to drive outcomes. They were a key tool for us long before we had electronic health records (EHRs). We do not have EHRs fully deployed across our independent physicians. Therefore, an enormous amount of change can occur with other tools without the full EHR. Sometimes physician groups feel that they must have such a record fully deployed before they can change clinical performance, and that is not true.

We also introduced the electronic intensive care unit (eICU) — a sophisticated tool that supplements bedside staffing in ICUs. Every adult ICU bed is connected to the eICU command post, where intensive physicians and intensive care nurses work 24/7 using electronic and visual monitoring of the ICU patients, with computerized prompts and reminders. It is very important that physicians engage in this at the highest level, so they agree that physicians or the intensives and the ICU can change course or therapy if clinically appropriate.

Excerpted from Guide to Physician Performance-Based Reimbursement: Payoffs from Incentives, Clinical Integration and Data Sharing.