Kerala’s first tele-ICU set up in Kozhikode – ET HealthWorld

KOZHIKODE: The state’s first Tele-ICU, a public-private partnership initiative in healthcare, has been set up at the Government Beach Hospital here. It is expected to enable round-theclock monitoring of critical care patients at the designated Covid-19 hospital by a team of intensivists from the command centre of Meitra Hospital, which is a tertiary hospital.

Inaugurating the facility through video conferencing on Sunday, health minister K K Shailaja said that the health department is planning to set up a Tele-ICU facility at government medical colleges to address the shortage of intensivists in the government sector.

The health department had set up a new ICU with 22 beds at Beach Hospital with the help of NHM funds in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Meitra authorities have installed high-definition cameras and software at the general hospital ICU and have connected it to their command centre for 24-hour monitoring of patients.

Apart from addressing the shortage of specialists, the Tele-ICU is expected to offer a range of other critical care facilities to ensure better health outcomes and reduce the risk of medication errors and infection control.

The Meitra Hospital has claimed to provide detailed admission review and daily tele-rounding and standard of care ICU protocol deployment apart from monitoring vitals, laboratory results, imaging for early detection and treatment protocols.

“There is a shortage of intensivists and the pandemic has exposed the vulnerabilities at a global level. It is the right time to leverage technological innovations to solve healthcare challenges, by giving the doctors more digital solutions in their armamentarium. We are happy to be partnering with the health ministry,” said Faizal E Kottikollon, Chairman, Meitra Hospital.

The Faizal and Shabana Foundation has said it will financially support the recurring operations of the initiative.

“There are more than three lakh ICU beds, but less than 5000 intensivists in the country. The gap is huge and cannot be left unaddressed. Technology advancements have ensured that we can now democratise quality healthcare and bring it closer to people through wider access” said Dr. Ali Faizal, Director, Meitra Hospital.

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