Understanding Telemedicine & How It Is Used in the ICU in Corbin

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Baptist Health Corbin: Understanding Telemedicine & How It Is Used in the ICU

Telemedicine allows Corbin ICU staff to provide advanced medical care and services to patients remotely. Learn about the advantages of telemedicine and how it is used in critical care and emergency medicine.

Understanding Telemedicine & How It Is Used in the ICU in Corbin HealthTalks Transcript

Praveen Vijhani, MD, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine:
Telemedicine in the ICU in Corbin is the use of telecommunication and information technology to provide clinical healthcare from a distance. It has been used to overcome distance barriers and to improve access to medical services that would often not be consistently available in distant rural communities. It is also used to save lives in critical care and emergency situations.

Although there were distant precursors to telemedicine, it is essentially a product of 20th-century telecommunication and information technologies. These technologies permit communication between patient and medical staff with both convenience and fidelity, as well as transmission of medical, imaging and health information from one side to another.

Early forms of telemedicine achieved with telephone and radio have been supplemented with video telephony, advanced diagnostic methods supported by distributed clients or server applications, and additionally, with telemedical devices to support in-home care.

Apart from having intensivists 24/7 in the ICU, telemedicine also can eliminate the possible transmission of infectious diseases or parasites between patients and the medical staff. This is particularly an issue where more sides are concerned.

Additionally, some patients who feel uncomfortable in a doctor’s office may do better remotely. For example, white coat syndrome may be avoided. Patients who are homebound and would otherwise require an ambulance to move them to a clinic are also a consideration.