Costly eICUs Get Results

Evidence suggests that despite their high costs—easily running to seven figures a year—remote intensive care unit monitoring systems could, in fact, be an antidote for the high cost of providing care in intensive care units and other healthcare settings.

2 comments on "Costly eICUs Get Results"
SH (10/14/2010 at 1:55 PM)

I would have to agree that numbers provided by individuals involved in the program are of solid basis. I am familiar with the program as well and the number shifting and crunching that goes on to get the numbers they want to see. All of these facilities that can show "cost savings" are unable to show it in hard figures with their budgets. Also, the eICU services are taking credit for all the decrease and not attributing those other things that are going on such as process improvement activities and additional regulatory requirements that have to be measured. I think that more independent review needs to be done.
Ken (10/13/2010 at 9:07 AM)

Does anyone find it surprising that in response to an independent study that refutes the value of an expensive technology installation, those who have invested tons of money in the technology will respond with their own studies, clearly not objective, that show the "value" of the acquisition? I am familiar with the technology, but not enough to make claims about it positive or negative. But at some point we need to start relying on sound, independent studies to make decisions on technology and practice or we will never climb out of our financial hole.


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