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Why is the use of Tele-ICU increasing?

There are several reasons for the increased use of Tele-ICU:

  • Due to physician shortages, it is difficult to recruit enough intensivists to staff appropriately.
  • As the population ages, so does the demand for services.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of protecting providers so that they can avoid exposure while still treating patients.
  • With high demand and insufficient supply, physicians experience burnout while attempting to fill the void.
  • Because of the rapid adoption of technology, such as mobile phones, consumers expect greater convenience in their healthcare.
  • Even if a hospital has on-staff intensivists, supplemental tele-ICU coverage can relieve some of their workload, allowing them to gain visibility into what is going on throughout the hospital.

The Advantages of Tele-ICU

  • ​ Earlier interventions for critically ill patients
  • Increased awareness of high-acuity patients for proactive monitoring
  • Improved care quality and adherence to key metrics
  • Care best practices based on protocols Support for ED personnel facing difficult admit vs. transfer decisions More timely ICU discharges Reduced number of ventilator days Can assist hospitals in achieving and maintaining .

Tele-ICU is not only used in ICUs.

Tele-ICU has numerous applications in hospitals.

  • Remote specialists can “beam in” to consult with emergency department onsite staff to determine whether the patient should be transferred to the ICU.
  • A teleIntensivist in the ICU can advise onsite staff on care plans for critically ill patients.
  • Telemedicine can be used with admitted patients who become critically ill, as well as those who have surgical complications.


Tele-ICU is a low-cost method of connecting intensivists with hospitals that require them to treat their most critical patients. With a nationwide shortage of intensivists, tele-ICU allows hospitals to provide these highly trained specialists to their most critically ill patients. The resources listed below will help you learn more about tele-ICU.

Reference: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3785036/

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