We provide hospitals with Tele-ICU shifts (eICU), for existing and new Virtual ICUsLearn more
Improving Patient Care For Hundreds of Hospitals, Since 2008
RemoteICU is a leading provider of remote specialist physician services. We improve patient care by enabling enhanced clinician provision and performance, while helping address chronic and ever-increasing shortages in specialist physician coverage for hospitals of all sizes. Our physicians collaborate with your local personnel and follow your clinical protocols. Since our establishment, RemoteICU has proudly grown into one of the world’s largest telemedicine groups comprised of licensed specialist physicians, with our footprint extending across six continents.
RemoteICU’s Impact In Numbers
Of Patient Beds
We provide hospitals with Tele-ICU shifts (eICU), for existing and new Virtual ICUsLearn more
Our Internal Medicine telehospitalists cover the smallest to the largest hospitalsLearn more
Our teleneurologists perform general neurology, in addition to tPA administration for stroke via TeleStrokeLearn more
Our telemedicine coverage is replicated and performed for all inpatient or outpatient specialtiesLearn more
Improve clinical outcomes while decreasing the costs of care per patient
Our easily accessible advanced technology allows your physicians to perform more effectively
Fill your specialist shortages and regular scheduling gaps with licensed physicians who desire a permanent position
The total cost of adding RemoteICU is comparable to hiring a new physician locally
With 24/7 accessibility, RemoteICU physicians maintain uninterrupted monitoring of patients to provide improved treatment
Our physician specialists will cover your hard to fill night, weekend and holiday shifts
Improved work conditions decrease the burden on your in-house team and increase staff satisfaction and retention
Staff your hospital unit with our qualified specialists to meet the Leapfrog Physician Staffing Standard
How we Work
You and our RemoteICU Medical Director will discuss your clinical needs in full detail.
RemoteICU will send a proposal to help address your coverage needs.
Your hospital can begin interviewing RemoteICU physicians without delay. RemoteICU will then credential physicians to permit them to become permanent members of your hospital staff.
RemoteICU’s IT specialists will coordinate with your hospital’s IT team and oversee all the arrangements.
Due to a rapid and simultaneous process, RemoteICU physicians will be able to perform their first shift within the soonest possible time frame.
A Small Hospital System's ICUs
A hospital system with two hospitals had only part-time in-house intensivist coverage. The critical care physicians would round on the ICU patients in the morning, but the physicians were not in the ICU most of the day. Patient issues which would arise in the ICUs after they had completed their rounds were often left to the hospitalists to manage. This was clearly suboptimal and did not meet accepted standards of ICU care. At night, ICU patients continued to be managed by hospitalists, who were also responsible for the management of non-ICU patients throughout the hospital. The intensivists were available from home by telephone, which meant that they had to be woken up if their expertise was needed. As such, they were only involved in the most urgent issues. Since they were at home, they had to rely on information relayed to them by the nurses or hospitalists as they did not have easy access to the EMR or the bedside telemetry. Management of less-acute problems were often postponed until the morning. RemoteICU was brought in to address these problems. RemoteICU enables a comprehensive ICU telemedicine solution, including technology and critical care board-certified physicians who are members of the hospital staff. The RemoteICU doctors are available from their workstations continuously, with instant access to the EMR, radiology images, and bedside telemetry as well as high-definition cameras in each room which enable them to assess the patients and to interact with them and/or their family members.
A Large Hospital System's ICUs
A large rural hospital had a “revolving door” of moonlighters and locum tenens doctors. This frequent staff turnover had a negative impact on the care being rendered in the ICU. The hospitalists and the bedside nurses found it quite challenging to always be working with and acclimating to new physicians.This often led to frustrating communications between nurses and doctors, discontinuity of patient care, and inconsistent adherence to hospital protocols. This arrangement was also quite costly to the hospital. RemoteICU was contracted to empower a comprehensive telemedicine technology solution, including a lineup of intensivists presented to the hospital clinical leadership for proposed acceptance in their clinical staff, with no capital investment in infrastructure. This new intensivist stability has improved the quality and the consistency of the ICU care and has improved ICU staff satisfaction. This also enabled the hospital to attain Leapfrog compliance, a high priority for this hospital.
Large Hospital Neurology
A large hospital had too few neurologists on staff to handle their large number of acute stroke cases. Therefore, the hospital had outsourced their stroke coverage to a tele-stroke provider, but they were often dissatisfied with the timeliness of the neurologists’ responses. The hospital turned to RemoteICU to provide neurologists who would join their permanent physician staff and would be dedicated to covering only their hospital and its related facilities. RemoteICU coordinated a no capital investment comprehensive telemedicine solution, including staff neurologists who not only cover tele-stroke cases but who also would perform tele-neurology consults. This has satisfied the hospital’s tele-stroke and tele-neurology needs.
Large Hospital System Hospitalist
A large hospital system had bedside hospitalists who were too busy with the large volume of admissions and calls they were expected to handle.The hospital turned to RemoteICU to provide additional hospitalists to enhance coverage of the hospital and its associated inpatient facilities thereby correcting the hospital’s clinical personnel shortage. The tele-hospitalists work hand-in-hand with the bedside hospitalists and nurses. Patient and clinical staff are now much more satisfied since their needs are being met in a more-timely manner.
A Large Hospital With One Individual Hospital in Need of ICU Coverage
A single hospital with a small intensive care unit (7 beds) was compelled to transfer out many of their acute patients because they did not have a physician who was qualified to manage complicated acute cases, including mechanically ventilated patients. As a result, most of the patients requiring ICU level of care were being transferred to a distant hospital to receive ICU care. RemoteICU was brought in to manage these critically ill patients. This has enabled the hospital to keep the vast majority of these patients thereby improving the continuity of care and retaining more of the revenues that these patients generate.
What’s On People’s Mind
May 23, 2022
Up >50% in the last 2 weeks. Hospital admissions also up significantly though not as much as new cases. But for admitted patients, will eICU play a signficant role? All signs point to yes, particularly for those hospitals adapting the technology, but even for those that do not, they will undoubtedly transfer out critically ill patients to those that do have access to remote intensivist physicians.
March 20, 2022
New cases on the rise again in a leading country for Covid vaccine roll-outs. Keeping a watchful eye on it.
March 18, 2022
What is the state of telemedicine in Ukraine? Send your insights to us.
March 7, 2022
New Covid cases are on the decline. Will the trend continue?
February 24, 2022
Sonofi and GSK collaboration says their Covid vax protects as much as 100% against hospitalization. Is it a game changer?
January 30, 2022
Biden administration quietly decides to focus on hospitalizations and deaths due to Covid-19 (mortality) rather than daily new case count. An effective way to reduce deaths is to provide ICU patients the standard of care, which is management by a board certified critical care doctor via telehealth when there is otherwise no board certified intensivist available for bedside care.
June 13, 2022
With leaders like Jamie Dimon, CEO from JPMorgan Chase, saying there’s a economic hurricane looming and we just don’t know if it’s a smaller hurricane or more like a Hurricane Sandy, and Elon Musk indicating he will cut 10% of the Tesla workforce ahead of an expectation of an economic downturn, what does that mean for TeleICU decisions? Hospitals broadly are saying they are under financial pressure so while an argument can be made it’s not an optimal time for them to make capital expenditures, TeleICU need not cost signficant capital expenditure, can save expense, and can actually increase revenue. Time will tell if hospital administrators will use pure financial logic while doing the best for the patient to make their eICU go / no go decisions.
June 19, 2022
As adoption of virtual ICU as a means of providing patients often life-saving critical care became more widespread over the last 20 years, appropriate and relevant standards gained traction. ICU medicine as a medical specialty in the United States requires care provision by physicians who are board certified in the critical care specialty, in order meet the standard of care. Such physicians, variously called intensivists, critical care doctors, intensive care physicians, boarded intensivists, and so on, can provide care via telehealth according to The Leapfrog group. Leapfrog is the de facto standard with which hospital should comply. How do hospital system administrators view the relative importance of conformity with clinical standards in the context of high inflation and interest rate hikes from the fed? Nearly everything is more expensive these days, and the cost of capital is higher, and there is expected to be an economic slowdown. Should capital expenditure decisions made by hospitals for innovative technologies which enhance patient care be tied to national economics when people’s lives depend on it? Today’s blog entry asks more questions than it answers — these are simply difficult questions that must be grappled with.
June 26, 2022
The SCOTUS ruled effectively to cede control back to the individual states regarding the issue of abortion, by overturning an approximately 50 year old case, Roe v. Wade, which had made abortion a “right” at the federal level. States may outlaw abortion at the state level, or may not. Putting aside completely this contentious issue itself, it is worthwhile for administrators to consider what they personally believe to be a right when it comes to their hospitals’ critically ill patients. Do they have a right to be less likely to die? If that is a right, and they are less likely to die by conforming with the Leapfrog standard, having board certified critical care doctors involved in the patient care equation, to the extent that hospitals do not have boarded intensivists on staff, are they obligated to integrate TeleICU?
September 13, 2021
Today, rules and regulations are in place in most industries in an effort to ensure that best practices and safety standards are followed.
May 1, 2021
Over the last decade, there has been significant growth in TeleICU.
April 3, 2021
Tele-hospitalists can contribute by filling gaps, taking over burdensome administrative tasks, and improving patient outcomes and patients’ experiences.
February 24, 2021
What role did tele-ICU play in meeting the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic?