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The Mayo Clinic Implements Telemedicine for ICU Patients

February 23, 2018

The Mayo Clinic has deployed a new technology for its ICU patients. The world-renowned research and treatment facility, with hubs in Rochester, Minnesota, Jacksonville, Florida, and Phoenix, Arizona, is utilizing telemedicine to keep an even closer watch on patients who may need round-the-clock monitoring.

Through video conferencing, doctors and nurses will be able to monitor the patients. As of now, half a dozen ICUs are simultaneously being watched as an extra precaution.

The Mayo Clinic’s central monitoring hub operates out of a Rochester, Minnesota hospital. There, interactive video conferencing links offer ICU specialists instantaneous face-to-face communication to eight other ICUs within Wisconsin and Georgia.

The hospital has 24/7 observation with access to each individual hospital’s bucket of information and staff. Mortality rates have drastically improved; some hospitals have seen rates 73 percent lower than anticipated.

Why the second set of eyes in an ICU? Between administering medications, taking vitals, and shift changes, there is a lot of hustle and bustle. At the ICU monitoring hub, eyes are directly focused on the patients and their well-being.  

The Mayo Clinic has wanted telemedicine capabilities for a long time and now that it has arrived, there is much more the clinic is hoping to achieve. Along with ICU, it is looking into concussion monitoring and long-term treatment, remote consultations within specialists areas such as newborn resuscitation, a telestroke program for accelerated patient diagnosis, and the utilization of telepresence robots for virtual visits in patient homes and far  away hospitals.

Additionally, the Clinic created a specialized telemedicine app, allowing patients to schedule appointments or ask advice on a bevy of topics.

The Mayo Clinic is providing expert knowledge to those near and far with telemedicine services and it appears that is what the doctor ordered. Come 2025, there is anticipated to be a shortage of around 90,000 doctors. But, by implementing telemedicine protocol in top-notch hospitals and clinics, doctors can be anywhere via video.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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