Roberta Schwartz explains how Texas spun up Virtual ICU

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Chief innovation officer Roberta Schwartz explains in her HIMSS22 session how they established a virtual ICU to get it ready for the third wave just in time.

Houston Methodist was successful in planning the Virtual ICU to assist the community hospitals. This will increase the score of access to care for the covid patients.

Roberta Schwartz, the executive vice president, and chief innovation officer, states, “We had chosen the technology, the cameras were hung, and we had signed contracts for our physicians to work.”

The specific model aims to provide preventive measures to critically ill patients.

The team will use Caregility and Medical Informatics platforms for the AI tools. Equum Medical helped in employing intensivists. The health care recorded its first covid patient in March.

She also added that “As you can imagine, we had sped up the implementation and rolled out all our beds at once, rather than waiting for a staged roll-out.

Schwartz also adds that the identification of workflows is of the utmost importance for the time being. The hiring of nurses and training will be essential for this cause.

She affirms that with the rise in covid cases, virtual ICUs are not able to keep with the case. Hospitals and health care institutions are suffering to provide assistance to the patients.

The shift of health care from contacting physicians directly to AI will enhance the workflow. It will help the health care institution to take more patients.

She proceeded that ” It was the work that everyone did each day and each night, particularly around the identified issue that made us better.”

Schwartz expects that the attendees of the HIMSS22 panel will be more understanding of the cause. Other health care must learn from her virtual ICU journey. Also, they must bring it to practice.

The Vice president also informed that establishing Virtual ICU is the first step. We also need to plan the next step to gear up for the third wave.

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