The Role and Impact of Telemedicine on Patient Safety, Quality Care and Clinical Performance in the ICU to Be Explored
ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- An aging population. Too few intensivists. Hospitals are under intense pressure to comply with the recommended standard of around the clock intensivist surveillance. Many are successfully utilizing telemedicine in the ICU as a solution offering 24/7 patient monitoring and oversight to enhance clinical and financial performance while optimizing care. Mary Jo Gorman, M.D., M.B.A., chief executive officer and founder of Advanced ICU Care, will moderate and Isabelle Kopec, M.D., FACP, FCCP, vice president of medical affairs, will be a featured presenter during the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) webcast, “Impact of Telemedicine on Patient Safety and Quality Care in the ICU,” on January 12, 2012, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. EDT.
“Tele-ICU solutions are delivering results in ICU performance. The programs are optimizing the bedside medical team and setting new standards for care of critically ill patients,” said Dr. Gorman. “This program is designed to inform the audience about the positive impact a tele-ICU model has on managing the ICU more efficiently, reducing complications and improving patient care and safety in a variety of settings.”
“Hospitals are finding it harder to manage their ICUs and there are not enough intensivists to supply the demand for critical care. As an intensivist physician, I see the impact of the growing ICU crisis first hand. Telemedicine offers a sustainable way to better meet the needs of hospitals and their sickest patients,” Dr. Kopec added.
The one and a half hour webcast will cover the evolving role of telemedicine in the ICU and how it offers a continuous patient management and oversight solution for hospitals. Presenters will use case studies and share “real life” experiences to illustrate the benefits. Doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other providers that care for critically ill patients will learn how the intensivist shortage is driving the need for hospitals to adopt a tele-ICU program as a feasible way to provide quality care to their patients as well as identify strategies to enhance ICU quality and safety for their patients.
Dr. Gorman founded Advanced ICU Care in 2004 to transform care in the intensive care units of hospitals throughout America. She has been recognized by being named the top 25 Women in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare and awarded the Master in Hospital Medicine for contributions to the field of hospital medicine. In October, Dr. Gorman was named one of ten winners of the 2011 Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ competition — an annual competition that honors women founders of businesses.
Dr. Kopec will discuss the quality care, safety and use of telemedicine in the non-tertiary hospital. A practicing intensivist and co-founder of Advanced ICU Care, she has spoken about patient safety and quality outcomes of the tele-ICU program at various national venues and led a number of quality improvement initiatives and cost-saving projects in the ICU setting that have led to award-winning performance at her facility.
Other topics that will be discussed during the webcast will include a presentation by Dr. Craig Lilly from the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center. He will discuss the quality of care and safety and the use of telemedicine with the academic team. Dr. Donald Kosiak from Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center will present on the quality of care and safety and the use of telemedicine in the critical access hospital.
For more information, visit the Society of Critical Care Medicine website at SCCM - Society of Critical Care Medicine.
About Advanced ICU Care
Advanced ICU Care ®, provides high-quality critical care to patients in the intensive care unit. Through experienced clinicians, supported by cutting-edge telemedicine technology and a process improvement program, Advanced ICU Care provides continuous ICU patient monitoring and improved care and safety outcomes to critically ill patients across the country. Hospital ICUs are linked with Advanced ICU Care's Monitoring Center, allowing Advanced ICU Care's board-certified intensivists (critical care medicine physicians) and critical care nurses to monitor hospital ICU patients from a central location. For more information, visit www.icumedicine.com.
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