Florida-based BayCare Health System in introducing eCare, a new telemedicine-centered program to enhance the care of critically ill patients in the ICU.
eCare is an electronic patient monitoring system that uses a centralized communication center with monitoring technology and the ability to have two-way audio and visual communication with hospital bed-side staff.
A team of trained nurses and physicians can monitor a patient’s vital signs, review lab results and care plans as well as evaluate a patient’s condition from the communication center. The bed-side staff can call the eCare Central team for assistance by pressing an “eLert” button in the patient’s room.
Together the remote and bed-side team are able to continually monitor the critically ill and identify subtle changes. Patients experience reduced lengths of stay, lower frequency of complications and decreased re-admissions to the ICU.
We’re told that all patient privacy guidelines and regulations are followed. eCare plans are expected to be fully implemented across all BayCare hospitals in 2016.