August 26, 2016

Intensivist Services

ICU coverage enables rural hospitals to safely keep and successfully treat many critical care patients. Patients can remain at their local facility, receiving quality care. It’s better for the patient, better for their families, better for the community, and better for the financial health of the hospital.

Due to ongoing financial challenges and limited availability of intensivists, hospitals are turning to telemedicine as a way to maximize resources and improve quality of care in the ICU. By using medical robots at remote hospitals, physicians at a central site can meet the needs of multiple facilities through remote telepresence, an FDA-cleared solution. The robot enables remote physicians to literally ‘be’ at the patient bedside and proactively respond to patient care needs just as they would if they were physically at the hospital.

ICU care is in OffSiteCare’s corporate DNA. Our Medical Director and Founder, Dr. James K. Gude, is a board-certified intensivist with extensive clinical experience. A Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCSF, Dr. Gude is also a founder of Bay Area Intensivists, a distinguished medical group with over 25 members. Drawing from these resources, OffSiteCare provides a complete range of service offerings designed to deliver virtual intensivist coverage. Coverage can be provided for nighttime or daytime shifts, and in selected facilities per-click (per consultation) coverage is also available. The proven techniques developed by OffSiteCare are used to support this program, with the potential substitution of critical care nurses to handle higher-acuity cases.

Instead of being limited to “stabilize-and-ship,” ICU coverage enables rural hospitals to safely keep and successfully treat many critical care patients. And as the acuity of care increases, the profitability of the hospital increases as well. Patients can remain at their local facility, receiving quality care. It’s better for the patient, better for their families, better for the community, and better for the financial health of the hospital.