With the recent Ebola outbreak fresh on the minds of many, telehealth could be an important solution in the government’s arsenal of tools to quickly and effectively manage a unified and coordinated response to any communicable disease crisis.
Keeping caregivers out of harm’s way as much as humanly possible may reduce the risk of local epidemic complications. We’re working with a well-respected university hospital, which was named HHS partner for education/training in communicable diseases, to help build-out a 3-5 bed communicable disease unit that will include remote control of medication infusion pumps and Philips ventilators. If this type of unit could be established at each of the over 400 hospitals monitored today by eICU centers, the potential impact could be significant.
The likely benefits of these units could be to: