Benefits of Tele-ICU Management of ICU Boarders in the ED
February 22, 2017 — 08:30AM EST - 09:30AM EST
Orange County Convention Center
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Multiple benefits have been noted by our tele-ICU program: disease management by intervening early in acute situations, supplementary rounding to realize opportunities in disease management, population management of ICU patients and gap solutions in the process of delivering evidence-based medicine to our critically ill patients. After a serious safety event of an ICU boarder, we integrated ICU telehealth into the process of providing care for the boarded ICU patient. This new paradigm of care realized value-added benefit with continuous attention by critical care physicians and nurses, a 25% downgrade of patients from ICU status which allowed admission to a lower acuity bed, reduced LOS in the ED, and increased delivery of evidence-based medicine and a significant reduction in direct variable costs. These successes led us to extend our tele-ICU--ED program to three additional hospitals in our healthcare system.