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Critical Care Telemedicine

Author: Jassin M. Jouria, MD
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CE: 4 hours
Rated 4.7 out of 5.0 based on 1394 reviews

Course Summary

Critical Care Units that are well-staffed with board-certified intensivists who provide proactive, one-on-one care to their patients tend to have the lowest morbidity and mortality rates, but due to cost and staffing shortages, many hospitals are not able to provide this level of care. Critical Care Telemedicine is a rapidly emerging alternative that uses technology to provide virtual hourly rounds, 24/7 patient monitoring, and continual availability for collaboration with on-site medical professionals to assess and treat patients. Although critical care telemedicine is not without challenges, it represents a modern approach to traditional medicine and offers significant benefits to patients, staff, and facilities.

Course Format


Course Syllabus

  1. Introduction
  2. Emergency Care And Telemedicine
  3. Intensive Care Unit And Telemedicine
    1. Model of Care
    2. Care Delivery Mechanisms
    3. Primary Uses And Applications
  4. History Of Telemedicine
  5. Key Academic Telemedicine Centers
  6. Telemedicine Technology
    1. Technical Design
    2. Interoperability
    3. Emergency Telemedicine: Four Essential Components
    4. Emergency Treatment: Audio and Video Capabilities
    5. Mobile and Wireless Platforms
    6. Risks of Telecommunication
    7. Mobile Health (mHealth) and Medical Apps
  7. Data Integration And Patient Monitoring
    1. The Medical Record
    2. American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
  8. Emerging Technologies
  9. Implementation And Application
    1. Telemedicine in Emergency Care
    2. Clinical Accuracy of Telemedicine in Trauma Care
    3. Telemedicine in Follow-up Care of Trauma Patient
    4. Cost of Telemedicine
    5. Healthcare Providers’ Satisfaction
    6. Research Findings of Telemedicine and Improved ICU Outcomes
  10. Legislation And Guidelines X. American Medical Association Legislation
    1. Establishing a Physician-Patient Relationship
    2. State Licensure
    3. General Concerns or Considerations
    4. American Telemedicine Association: 2014 Telemedicine Policy Priorities
    5. Priority Policies of the ATA
    6. Clinical Guidelines for Telepathology
    7. Clinical Responsibilities
  11. Benefits Of Telemedicine
    1. Improved Access
    2. Cost Efficiencies
    3. Improved Quality
    4. Patient Demand
    5. Improved Access to Information
    6. Improved Care in Remote Access
    7. Improved Relationships
  12. Challenges To Implementation
    1. Barrier of Cost
    2. Resistance by Medical Professionals
    3. Impact on Relationship Between Provider and Patient
    4. Data Integration
    5. Security and Risk
  13. Adoption of Telemedicine in Intensive Care Units: Research Study
  14. Future Developments
    1. Collaboration Between Telemedicine and Health IT
    2. Surmounting the Absence of Standards and Guidelines
    3. Financial Sustainability
    4. Recommendations
  15. Summary


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