Critical Care, Critical Choices: The Case for Tele-ICUs in Intensive Care

December 2010

Published by: Massachusetts Technology Collaborative and New England Healthcare Institute

The New England Healthcare Institute (NEHI) and the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative released a report that shows tele-ICU technology could save 350 additional lives, benefit hospitals financially, and save more than $122 million annually if broadly and effectively implemented across Massachusetts.  Intensive care units (ICUs) are a vitally important component of health care in U.S. hospitals, treating six million of the sickest and oldest patients every year. The choices about how to manage ICUs carry high stakes: ICUs have both the highest mortality and the highest costs in health care, accounting for 4.1 percent of the nation’s $2.6 trillion in annual health care spending, or nearly $107 billion per year.

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