Medical facilities do not reach the small town dwellers in full capacity. There is a shortfall in services as well as availability of medicines if it is a remote place. But, with the advent of telemedicine and tele-ICU, there is a bright future for tackling complicated and complex diseases even in the smaller towns.
In some cases even the most experienced of intensivists cannot tackle a few conditions. Sometimes the hospitals too lack the financial resources or the volume of patients to have adequate intensivists hired in the hospital. There is also a dearth of these trained intensivists. At such junctures tele-ICU comes of great help. There are critical care doctors and nurses located far away who are engrossed in monitoring the health of the patient with the help of live streaming information along with the bedside team of medical professionals. The information may comprise of details related to medications, vital signs, X-rays, and test results. This entire tele-ICU coverage compensates totally for the dearth of expertise in terms of intensivists.
Useful for patients staying in Rural Areas
As rural hospitals are extremely vulnerable to face the dearth of these specialists, tele-ICU has become the most viable option. There would be technological advancements definitely with passage of time but a technological advancement as this is indeed a revelation and a boon too. With this tele-ICU, extending medical and critical care to patients has become possible and affordable as well.
Bringing facilities and technology to remote area small towns is truly a Herculean task. At the same time, we will not have the specialists who can defy medical conditions settled in small towns as they will look for better opportunities elsewhere. But as serious patients are there everywhere it makes more sense to adopt such kind of services.
This method undoubtedly is relatively new in the medical treatment circles which the bedside medical team may find it difficult to adopt it into their system. But, the entire setup works in coordination with the bedside team and works towards enhancing the outcome of the case.
Tele-ICU plays an extremely supportive role. There is every possibility that the clinician will not welcome this advancement in technology as they consider this as a threat to their self progression. However, research and studies have proved that the mortality rate has taken a dip and the length of stay of the patients in the hospital too has dipped. This tele-ICU is definitely a new ray of hope for all those looking for better medical aid in smaller towns.