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Critical care telemedicine: implementation considerations

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In critical care telemedicine (CCT), patients in intensive care units (ICUs) are monitored by critical care experts based at a ‘hub’ outside the hospital. By monitoring patients, hub staff are able to warn staff at the bedside of potential problems and offer them decision support. The use of CCT means that patients and staff in rural or small hospitals have access to critical care experts. But authorities and healthcare facilities need to consider how best to implement them. Here is a new evidence-based information leaflet for health system, programme managers and other intensive care unit stakeholders who are planning or implementing critical care telemedicine.

In critical care telemedicine (CCT), patients in intensive care units (ICUs) are monitored by critical care experts based at a ‘hub’ outside the hospital. By monitoring patients, hub staff are able to warn staff at the bedside of potential problems and offer them decision support. The use of CCT means that patients and staff in rural or small hospitals have access to critical care experts. But authorities and healthcare facilities need to consider how best to implement them. Here is a new evidence-based information leaflet for health system, programme managers and other intensive care unit stakeholders who are planning or implementing critical care telemedicine.


Cochrane EPOC (Effective Practice and Organisation of Care) has prepared an information leaflet that provides a set of questions that may be helpful to health system, programme managers and other ICU stakeholders when planning and managing the implementation of critical care telemedicine. The questions are based on the findings of a systematic review of qualitative studies published by Cochrane EPOC.

The leaflet (in pdf) can be found here:

Critical care telemedicine: implementation considerations

The full text of the systematic review can be found in the references below.