CAVHCS gets new hospital room video conferencing technology

Published: Oct. 1, 2014 at 1:02 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 31, 2014 at 12:36 AM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System has partnered with a VA hospital in Ohio on a video conference service that connects patients with doctors.

The idea behind the TELE-ICU is to have more eyes on a patient. It adds another layer of monitoring.

TELE-ICU uses cameras and teleconferencing equipment in each of the hospital's intensive care unit rooms.

A nurse can simply push a button and conference in a critical care specialist who is located in the Cincinnati VA Medical Center.

Medical experts say this immediate attention is critical if the doctor in the hospital where the patient is being treated is tied up with a another patient.

"These are great systems, but what we are really doing is connecting people. It's connecting specialists from another location to here to get the best possible outcomes," said Kevin Galpin with the VA Southeast Network.

Patients in the ICU will also have critical care specialists monitoring them 24/7. They can alert hospital staff if they notice a problem. Doctors say studies have shown this technology saves lives

Six more facilities across the VA's Southeast Network plan to install the same technology in the coming months.

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