Date: Thursday, August 20, 2020 | Time: 10–11 a.m. PT/1–2 p.m. ET
Host: Tom Sullivan, EVP & Editor-in-Chief, Health Evolution
The COVID-19 pandemic brought considerable change to health care, and quickly. That is as true in the ICU as anywhere else. What are the lessons learned? And how will those learnings be applied to the intensive care unit of the future?
• Providers can rapidly increase ICU capacity in ways previously thought unlikely to prepare for surges in capacity, enable expert intensivists to treat more patients while clinical distancing, protect clinicians and ICU staff from infection.
• Medical device data, typically locked in bedside devices, can be analyzed to understand risk scores for COVID-19 and other ICU conditions, rank and prioritize patients by severity, inform decision making at the point of care.
• Technology and data can be harnessed to assess staffing efficiencies, device architecture, device integration, length of stay, readmissions and other areas of the enterprise.
COVID-19 will not be the last time CEOs and other hospital executives must lead through challenging situations that strain ICUs in terms of bed capacity, clinical staff, declining revenue and other unforeseen obstacles. The future is more virtual than the pre-pandemic past and that includes ICUs.