Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Tradition Medical Center Launches Innovative Telemedicine Program in ICU
|Physicians and associates from Martin Health System and Advanced ICU Care talk with an intensivist
in St. Louis, Missouri as part of a demonstration of the new tele-ICU program at Tradition Medical Center.
From left to right are: Susan Clark, Director of Inpatient Care, Tradition Medical Center; Karen Burkleo, Director of
Emergency Services, Tradition Medical Center; Evelio Sardina, MD, Martin Health hospitalist; Michael Skehan, MD, Senior Vice
President and Chief Medical Officer, Martin Health; Thomas Kalb, MD, Medical Director, Advanced ICU Care; Mark Robitaille,
President and CEO, Martin Health System: and Rebecca Reese, IT Project Manager, Martin Heath.
On June 24, Tradition Medical Center in Port St. Lucie, Martin Health System’s newest hospital, launched the most advanced critical care telemedicine program available in hospital intensive care units.
Tradition Medical Center is one of only a handful of hospitals around the state — and the only one on the Treasure Coast — to partner with Advanced ICU Care to remotely monitor ICU patients around the clock. Working closely with each patient’s doctor, highly trained intensivist physicians and critical care specialists from Advanced ICU Care continuously monitor patient vital signs, medications, labs and clinical status using special computer technology. These specialists provide an extra layer of specialized care to enhance the safety of patients.
“In the intensive care unit, every second counts,” said Michael Skehan, MD, Martin Health’s senior vice president and chief medical officer. “This partnership provides a safety net and offers relief and support for our physicians who are doing this hard work.”
Proactive data management tools identify problems before they become urgent, prompting immediate intervention when necessary. Two-way video access in each patient’s room enables face-to-face consultations between the bedside and the Advanced ICU Care team.
“Our physicians can log into the system, write orders directly and monitor everything as if they were in the room with you,” said Tom Kalb, MD, Medical Director of Advanced ICU Care.
The telemedicine program aligns with both the Martin Health mission of providing exceptional health care and the keen focus of health care reform on improvement of patient outcomes.
“Through partnering with our doctors and nurses in the intensive care unit, this program will help us provide our patients with the highest, most effective level of care possible,” Dr. Skehan said.
Susan Clark, director of inpatient care at Tradition Medical Center said, “Our team is excited about this partnership as it provides an added layer of safety and best practice for our patients. The immediate presence of a critical care specialist both day and night means we can provide the same high level of care whether it’s 2 pm or 2 am.”
About Martin Health System: Martin Health System is a not-for-profit, community-based health care organization that has served the region for 75 years. It offers a continuum of care including preventive, primary and acute hospital care, as well as cancer and cardiac care, wellness and rehabilitation services. Its approximately 3,700 associates, nearly 400 affiliated physicians and 850 volunteers provide care at 13 different locations serving Martin and St. Lucie counties. To learn more, visit martinhealth.org.
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