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News: Tele-ICU technology can cut LOS and decrease mortality

Case Management Weekly, December 15, 2010

Telemedicine technology can address staffing shortages in the intensive care unit (ICU), while reducing patient LOS and mortality according to a report issued by Massachusetts Technology Collaborative and New England Healthcare Institute

Tele-ICU technology allows clinicians to remotely monitor, consult, and care for ICU patients in multiple locations.

A demonstration project conducted at The University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center (UMMMC) and two community hospitals showed that the Tele-ICU facilities successfully lowered their mortality rates. UMMMC’s ICU mortality rate decreased by 20%, community hospital #1 lowered it’s mortality rate by 13%, and community hospital #2 experienced a 36% reduction in mortality.

ICU patients at UMMMC also experienced an average reduction of two fewer days in the hospital. The average LOS for ICU patients at both community hospitals also dropped.

Source: Massachusetts Technology Collaborative and New England Healthcare Institute

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