Running a tele-ICU is definitely a challenging task. Managing an important aspect as the intensive care unit from far off can have its own share of difficulties. Technology in the first place may pose to be a frustrating problem as the people concerned may not be able to cope up with these advancements and take a little too long to adapt to this kind of a revolution.
If the tele ICU has to run successfully, we should first be able to specify or rather clarify the kind of issues this latest technology will be able to tackle.
Secondly, there has to be a consensus arrived at between the managerial, professional and administrative departments in order to help in the realization of the mission. Here, one has to choose those systems which will help in meeting the clinical needs. Meeting these needs is not just the requisite condition as the entire affair has to be an affordable one too. Sometimes the scenario is that there are many instruments procured but they have not been actually used.
The staff has to be trained in the various technologies that may be used in the intensive care unit and that too from a remote place. The training would be extremely effective if it is tailored as per the needs that may arise in the entire setup.
Evaluation is also considered an integral part of every setup. This has to be done on a timely basis and then the system also has to be maintained in addition to the continuous evaluation progress. The benefits that such transformative ventures bring in would be really tough to quantify.
In short, technology is the main focus of telemedicine. It is all about services, how they are offered and how they transform the lives of people. Medicine has come a very long way and this has indeed been a revelation despite the challenges that it continues to face.