Tele-ICUs and tele-stroke systems represent two of the hottest telemedicine applications, according to Jon Linkous, CEO of the American Telemedicine Association. Electronic ICUs, or tele-ICUs, are helping hospitals in regions where there are shortages of intensivist physicians to provide 24 x 7 critical care to patients, using remote monitoring technologies. Tele-stroke applications, on the other hand, are helping hospitals link remote neurologists to ERs so that patients suffering strokes can be diagnosed more quickly and accurately, and receive interventions earlier to help prevent lasting disabilities.
Visicu eICU technology from Philips, pictured here, has been deployed at many hospitals in the country. Philips says its e-ICU product enables health systems to transform critical care with an integrated, enterprise-wide approach that leverages scarce critical care resources, integrates clinical decision support, and standardizes evidence-based care across the enterprise.