Clinicians, including rapid response teams, use the technology to evaluate patients and intervene in a timely manner wherever they are. About 75% of patients treated remotely are transferred to the ICU; doing so early is a best practice that lowers mortality rates among high-risk patients, Kathleen Webster, MD, director for pediatric critical care and the medical director for the pediatric ICU, told HealthLeaders Media.
"We went an entire year with no deaths in that group—and that's as low as I can go with the numbers," Webster says. "That tells us that we're doing a good job of seeing these patients early."
No doubt that zero is an impressive number. But as the field of telemedicine continues to emerge, so must research into its clinical effectiveness.