Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System
New Tele-ICU Partnership with Cincinnati VAMC
The Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System (EOVAHCS) has established a new partnership with the Tele-ICU Monitoring Center at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center to enhance care for critical care patients.
With funding from the VA Office of Rural Health, EOVAHCS installed teleconferencing equipment in 11 ICU rooms, as well as three Emergency Department rooms.
Critical care nurses staff the Tele-ICU Monitoring Center 24/7 with critical care physicians available overnight and on weekends. The remote providers have access to bedside clinical data, can assess Veterans through video conferencing technology, and can provide consultative recommendations or directly intervene in patient care as desired by the local ICU staff.
“We are very excited to partner with the Tele-ICU Monitoring Center at the Cincinnati VA Medical,” said Mark Morgan, EOVAHCS Director. “Tele-ICU exemplifies how the VA is leveraging advanced technologies to provide the highest quality services to Veterans.”
Tele-ICU is an advanced Telehealth program that adds an additional layer of monitoring to standard care and increases access to intensive care expertise and consultation, particularly in rural areas. Tele-ICU services allow for continuous monitoring of Veterans receiving ICU care, even when local providers are out of the room assisting with other critical patients.
“They will be able to do vital checks on our patients and they will make rounds in the patient rooms,” said Marie Stanhope, ICU Registered Nurse. “They will be able to enter labs and assist us with medical emergencies. It’s going to be very beneficial for us and for our patients.”
The Cincinnati Tele-ICU Monitoring Center’s slogan is “You watched over us…Now it’s our turn to watch over you.”