Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Telemedicine in the ICU

I just came across some good links on Telemedicine ICU applications:

Check out the Doctors who developed the use of an ICU Telemedicine system used at Penn developed by a company, Visicu, the "eICU system" (Visicu, like "Visual ICU") .

Take a look at their technical architecture diagram.

Notice the similaries with RHIO technical architectural diagrams. Same HL7 challenges etc. Again, I see Telemedicine as a natural extension of disparate clinical data integration challenge.

In an earlier post, I mentioned how, because of lack of payer reimbursement for telemedicine, the costs may be borne out by facilities such as hospitals because of a perceived notion that telemedicine brings better outcomes and as a result reduced costs. This is apparently the case at Penn's Telemedicine ICU:

Doc in a Box blog writes:

"And also we must not forget about whether we can
bill for this service. Presently the hospital supports it based on the notion
that increased quality saves money."

ICU Medical Services company using this technology

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