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With critical-care specialists in short supply, remote monitoring offers a solution

Wall Street Journal, October 27, 2009

Remote monitoring is offering a high-tech solution to the growing problem of how to care for the sickest patients amid a worsening shortage of intensivists, the critical-care specialists trained in caring for life-threatening injuries or illnesses. Studies show that mortality rates are 30% to 40% lower in hospitals where intensivists are providing round-the-clock care to prevent complications and minimize errors, but only about a third of patients in the ICU today receive care from an intensivist.