Video conferencing assists intensive care specialists in treating patients around the clock

Wednesday, November 30 2011

A new method of technology is making its way into intensive care units in hospitals around the country - video conferencing.

When faced with an illness, especially a severe one, the search for the best doctor becomes a number one priority. Certain physicians across the country are world-renowned for their work in their field of expertise, whether in cancer treatment, brain surgery or heart surgery. A doctor with a high track record of sending patients on a strong recovery path can mean that a long list of sick patients are waiting to see him. Video conferencing services have allowed some doctors to check-in remotely with patients when they cannot be in multiple places at once.

Intensive care units require medical attention on their patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. With the development of tele-ICU facilities in cities such as St. Louis, hospitals can conduct online conferencing with ICU specialists and ensure constant monitoring care for each intensive patient.

By using the video conferencing technology, hospitals have allowed physicians to care for the highest number of patients in the most efficient amount of time, while still treating each one with the utmost care.