Telemedicine can be valuable in any hospital department, including the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). ICU telemedicine involves a combination of videoconferencing technology, telemetry, and electronic medical records in order to allow off-site intensivists and critical care nurses to assist in the treatment of critically ill patients.
A 2011 metanalysis of studies published from 1950 to 2010 had found that telemedicine in the ICU was associated with a significant reduction in ICU mortality and length of stay.
A more recent prospective study published in Chest last week showed that tele-ICU care improved adherence to ICU best practices, reduced the response times to alarms, leading to lower mortality and length of stay.
Keep in mind that the cost of 1 day in the ICU can be as high as $6,000-$10,000.