Published Aug. 20, 2013
A new partnership will increase telemedicine services to critically ill patients in community and rural hospitals around the state.
The Medical University of South Carolina and Advanced ICU Care, a national tele-intensive care unit provider, partnered to increase access to medical services through a $12 million grant from the state. Telemedicine provides clinical health care and consultations at a distance.
“For a patient in critical condition, this access can be the difference between life and death,” said Dr. Pat Cawley, the CEO of MUSC’s clinical operations, in a news release. “This partnership will allow us to deliver better care in our local communities in the most cost effective way.”
MUSC launched telemedicine services several years ago, including programs for strokes, high-risk pregnancies and virtual consulting, according to its website.
This tele-ICU program gives patients immediate contact with specialists and critical care physicians who have received training for ICU patients, Cawley said.
Advanced ICU Care and MUSC will begin offering tele-ICU services later this year. Tele-medicine grant funding will also be available later this year.