You are the chief of staff of a small hospital with a 5 bed ICU. Currently the staffing of the ICU is provided by a 2-man Internal Medicine group. You have concerns for the future as they may decide to stop coverage. Fortunately, you are part of a large hospital network. You investigate the possibility of ICU coverage at night remotely from the larger hub hospital. You must research the Resource Center for telemedicine.
After you have research the concept and technical solutions what advice would you give to the CEO, CIO and hospital board regarding the advantages of a VICU (i.e., Virtual-ICU)? What would be the obstacles?
Please help me finish up my ideas, here is what I have:
There are many advantages with VICU, some of they are: the virtual intensive care unit leverages technology to accelerate overall critical care delivery using an innovative remote and onsite model. telemedicine allows a centralized, intensivist-led care team to continuously monitor, assess, and intervene in support of the onsite caregivers.
The dedicated virtual ICU team consists of experienced critical care nurses and support staff located at a remote site. The team is headed by an operations director, medical director, and executive sponsor. An organizational infrastructure promotes standardized critical care management and tracking of results.
The information technology (IT) tools of the virtual ICU identify best-practice opportunities, facilitate ICU workflow, and enhance bedside communication. The virtual ICU isn’t a replacement for onsite caregivers, but instead ensures continuous proactive care and prompt intervention.
the obstacles are, the existing system has to be modified and innovate completely, and it occurs higher expenditure.