Atlanta VA Health Care System
Technology used in Delivery of Intensive Care
On November 5, the Atlanta VA Medical Center leveraged the use of technology to establish Telehealth Intensive Care Unit (Tele-ICU) services in each of its intensive care rooms. During a “go live” virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony, Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D., VA’s Interim Under Secretary for Health, used an advanced video conferencing system to connect with the VA Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health Operations and Management Philip Matkovsky in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Tele-ICU is an advanced Telehealth program that makes Atlanta VA’s bedside data readily available to physicians and nurses in the Cincinnati monitoring center. This 24/7 feature adds a layer of continuous patient monitoring, even when local providers are out of the room assisting other critical patients.
“Not only does this new technology allow us to enhance our monitoring capabilities, but it also gives us the benefit of consulting with other critical care experts in Cincinnati,” said Dr. David Bower, Atlanta VA Chief of Staff. “The program is a ‘win-win’ for Veterans and staff.”
Each of Atlanta VA’s ICU rooms is equipped with teleconferencing equipment, allowing bidirectional audio and video communication between local providers, patients and the remote Tele-ICU staff.
Atlanta VA is 1 of 7 facilities in the VA Southeast Network to implement Tele-ICU services. The program is a partnership between the VA Southeast Network, Cincinnati VA Medical Center and the VA Healthcare System of Ohio.