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Maharashtra Govt. has utilized TeleICU to benefit its rural COVID population

Maharashtra Govt. has utilized TeleICU to benefit its rural COVID population

As of 27 May 2021, the confirmed cases of COVID19 in India have reached 2.74 Crore whereas this devastating disease led to the deaths of 3.15 Lac people throughout the country. Maharashtra is the most affected state with a total of 56 Lac cases and 91,341 deaths reported. In which, most of the moderate cases in the rural areas of the state-required dedicated critical care but due to lack of critical care specialists, they remain untreated.


As a result of the surge, hospitals were running out of oxygen, intensive care beds, healthcare professionals, and ventilators. The rural regions of Maharashtra lack medical professionals to treat high-risk patients.

Due to the shortage of intensivists and skilled critical care staff, Govt. mandated untrained junior doctors and nurses to work in COVID-ICUs in response to the pandemic. The death rate in these critical care units has risen due to improper care given to critically ill patients. 

Only a critical care specialist or an Intensivist can early detect the deterioration of a critically ill patient. The degree of sickness is directly connected to the prognosis, early diagnosis of high-risk and critically ill patients remains one of the most fundamental and important measures for improving outcomes.


Maharashtra Government looked into ways to improve patient care in its ICUs in rural areas. They thought that providing 24-hour monitoring services via Tele ICU capacity, in which their patients would be remotely monitored by a qualified intensivist and trained critical care nurses, would be a value-added option that would improve patient outcomes, best practice compliance, and bedside staff satisfaction.

If a hospital or medical center wants to reach its timeframe and quantitative result targets, they needed a Tele ICU partner with a proven track record of unhindered deployments and positive clinical outcomes.

With that in mind, the Maharashtra state government has partnered with eNext ICU to develop the Tele ICU for Covid patients treated in multiple District hospitals’ intensive care units, providing another technological armor to Maharashtra doctors fighting the Covid-19 pandemic. To achieve maximum success, the project required a collaborative effort to effectively activate several facilities in several areas on time and on schedule.


With the help of funding organizations like CII Foundations and ACT Grants, the team of eNext ICU was able to convert around 650 ICU beds into Tele ICUs in the District Hospitals and Medical Colleges of Maharashtra in the districts of Gadchiroli, Wardha, Akola, Jalgaon, Jalna, Bhiwandi, Mira Bhayander, Aurangabad, Solapur, Bhor, and Manchar.

In all the districts of Maharashtra, where COVID ICUs were managed by eNext ICU Team via Tele-ICU platform, the following are the overall outcomes that were documented pre and post Tele ICU setup:

Through the Tele ICU capability, specialized supervision, advice, and treatment have been offered to Covid-19 patients undergoing treatment in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) which has improved patient care, provide quality of care, and helps to reduce mortality rates.

case study by Simranjeet kaur