A recent study by researchers at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston looked at the impact of telemedicine on patients in the intensive care unit. Although the researchers had initially set out to study telemedicine’s effect on mortality, complications and the length of stay of patients in five different hospitals, they inadvertently discovered the extent to which clinicians were reluctant to incorporate this technological change.
Go figure. I don’t even know how to respond. Who wouldn’t welcome the assistance of an expert…remote or otherwise??? It’s probably in the patient’s best interest… and, I might learn something 🙂
I can’t believe how many times I have written this lately…
WE ARE ALL PATIENTS….
If I were in an ICU or OR in a small community hospital and I had an expert looking over my shoulder I would be comforted and engaged… as both a physician or as a patient.