Current circumstance of intensive care
Intensivists are insufficient throughout the country, and many of them are at large scale hospitals.
Therefore, physicians at small to middle scale hospitals have to take charge of seriously ill patients even though they are not specialists of intensive care.
the significance of ICU management by intensivists
It has been proven by overseas research that there was reduction in mortality, length of hospital stay and medical expenses when intensivists managed ICU.
It is suggested arranging ICU specialized physicians is effective for improving prognosis as well in Japan.
What tele-ICU is
It is possible to get patients' laboratory data and vital sign outside a hospital through ICT (Information and Communication Technology).
We support bedside physicians in charge of seriously ill patients using this technology, and it is called tele-ICU.
Data on tele-ICU
Data from overseas research shows there was reduction in mortality, length of hospital stay and complications by adopting tele-ICU.
Arch Intern Med. 2011;171(6):498-506