We haven't figured out how to teleport patients into medical offices. But telemedicine technologies link patients and clinicians in ways Ray Bradbury would admire.
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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.
InformationWeek Elite 100Our data shows these innovators using digital technology in two key areas: providing better products and cutting costs. Almost half of them expect to introduce a new IT-led product this year, and 46% are using technology to make business processes more efficient.
The UC Infrastructure TrapWorries about subpar networks tanking unified communications programs could be valid: Thirty-one percent of respondents have rolled capabilities out to less than 10% of users vs. 21% delivering UC to 76% or more. Is low uptake a result of strained infrastructures delivering poor performance?