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Study questions value of remote patient monitoring in ICUs

iHealthBeat, January 5, 2010
There is no significant difference in mortality rate, length of stay, or complications between patients who were monitored remotely by intensivists and those who were not, according to a study by the Journal of the American Medical Association. The research calls into question whether using telemedicine in ICUs really improves patients' outcomes. Researchers evaluated patients in six ICUs of a large healthcare system. They did find a slight improvement in mortality rates for sicker patients who were monitored remotely.