System and method for providing continuous, expert network critical care services from a remote location(s)

CAFC
  • US 6,804,656 B1
  • Filed: 11/18/1999
  • Issued: 10/12/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/23/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A system for providing expert critical care simultaneously to a plurality of geographically dispersed intensive care units (ICUs) from a remote location, the system comprising:

  • a network;

    a plurality of geographically dispersed ICUs comprising means for monitoring patient data elements from a patient and means for transmitting the monitored patient data elements to a remote command center by the network;

    the remote command center connected to the network and comprising;

    a database, wherein the database comprises stored patient data elements relating to the patient;

    a computerized patient care management system connected to a workstation, wherein the computerized patient care management system is adapted for;

    receiving the monitored patient data elements from the plurality of geographically dispersed ICUs;

    storing the monitored patient data elements in the database;

    applying a rules engine to at least two patient data elements stored in the database; and

    monitoring the medical condition in the patients and utilizing the output from the rules engine to determine if intervention is warranted; and

    wherein the monitoring and intervention for individual patients in the plurality of geographically dispersed ICUs occurs 24 hours per day 7 days per week.

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