A Better Alternative—See How our teleICU platform and services are revolutionizing the critical care landscape
Today, close to 2,000 hospitals have low or no intensivist presence onsite due to a shortage of critical care specialists. This shortage puts hospitals without intensivists in an unfortunate predicament—stay with the status quo or pursue a 24/7 remote monitoring resource-intensive “bunker” model.
We knew there had to be a better alternative for teleICU. After careful review of both options, we innovated.
Our SMARTRounds® teleICU platform has the power to revolutionize critical care and deliver better coordinated and more effective care to critically ill patients.
Our Path to Developing a teleICU Platform with the Right Balance
A few years ago, SOC began developing our teleICU services. At first, we considered a 24/7 remote monitoring bunker model. After all, we already had a 365/24/7 fully staffed consult coordination center. However, we realized a different option was needed for our hospital partners.
We consulted with hospital partners and industry experts to hear about their concerns. Many pointed to the considerable investment cost involved with 24/7 remote monitoring. The concern was that using resources in excess is at odds with value-based care. Beyond cost, we uncovered several behavioral challenges with teleICU as well.
As several studies have shown, alarm fatigue is a common challenge. With thousands of monitoring alarms going off on a daily basis, less than 1% are actually clinically meaningful. Furthermore, when there is a presumption of 24/7 monitoring, it can encourage complacency. Our partners also expressed concern that the remote teleICU monitoring approach was at odds with local staff preferences and they needed a solution that collaborated with their ICU team.
We discovered additional challenges that addressed physical and technological limitations, such as the inability to serve critically ill patients in other parts of the hospital. Another downside was the siloed approach, making it difficult to consult with other specialists.
There had to be a better solution for teleICU.
We have succeeded by introducing SMARTRounds®
This innovative and patented offering is our Safety Management and Recommended Triage (SMARTRounds®) service. Because teleICU services increase access and availability, we shift the focus from a reactive stance to a proactive approach.
SOC teleIntensivists collaborate with your local clinical team to develop care plans and perform daily assessments through proactive, structured interactions. By incorporating SMARTRounds® into our teleICU platform and services offerings, we enable ICU teams to proactively improve patient care with:
Collaborative multidisciplinary consultations
Make it possible to proactively identify patients in need by establishing new communication protocols.
Daily patient assessment
Schedule a convenient time for ICU staff, at the start of the day or each shift.
Assess the ongoing integrity of care as SOC’s teleIntensivist asks a shortlist of questions.
Proactive communication channel
Give each party an opportunity to determine if the patient needs additional help and evaluation.
Deliver consistent critical care from anywhere within your facility.
Patient Centric and Collaborative
Our teleICU platform and services provide true collaboration. SOC teleIntensivists work with the local clinical team to create a care plan for any critically ill patient in the hospital. Our services provide consistent and rapid-response access to intensivists who focus on evidence-based, best-practice-driven care. We give you the flexibility to scale teleIntensivist Services on the fly, according to current staffing and patient needs.
The SOC team is engaged clinically within minutes of the call to evaluate the status and needs of the patient, just as any ICU would manage their patient population.
Minutes response time for urgent/emergent situations
Minutes engagement time for standard attention cases
Would you like to discuss your current situation?
We can help you envision what a teleICU program would look like at your facility. We’ll work with you to provide specific projections for the return on investment that you’ll see.
Talk to us today about new possibilities.
Learn from the experts on building,
scaling, and optimizing a telemedicine program
8 Lessons Learned After 850,000 Telemedicine Consults
Hospitalist Challenges Telemedicine Can Help Solve
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY BLOG