- Patients treated in hospitals that were part of a telestroke network in Georgia received tPA approximately 20 minutes faster than patients in hospitals outside the network.
- Telestroke helped facilities in remote parts of Alberta reduce ER transfers to the University Hospital in Edmonton by up to 92%. Such ambulance or helicopter transports are costly, time-consuming and sometimes dangerous.
- Videoconferencing led to more accurate diagnoses and treatments than telephone conversations in the Imperial Valley of California and in Boston.
- Neurologists and radiologists in Arizona were able to use smartphone image-sharing applications that proved to be as accurate as desktop-based picture archiving and communication systems 92% of the time.
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2. Provide ICU Physicians, Nurses a Second Set of Eyes
Telemedicine technology is increasingly making its way into the intensive care unit. Rather than replace the physical ICU outright, the tele-ICU, as it's called, provides a "second set of eyes" for nurses or physicians who must treat several patients at once amid alarms and other distractions that may make them miss a medication dose, sudden change in blood pressure or other important signal.
Wall-mounted cameras let tele-ICU staff assess patients and communicate with bedside physicians. (Image courtesy of Critical Care Nurse.)