How tele-critical care became a lifeline for a rural Georgia health system
In 2019, Augusta (Ga.) University Health, an academic medical center, rolled out a grant-funded program to provide telemedicine emergency services at six rural hospitals in Georgia with two major goals in mind: to improve care in rural communities and keep their hospitals financially viable. By the summer of 2020, COVID-19 caused AU Health to shift this tele-ER program to provide critical care consults to patients with the virus or other chronic conditions who could not be transferred to higher levels of care.
Read this case study to learn how AU Health leveraged its tele-critical care program to:
- Significantly reduce transfer rates by more than 80 percent
- Increase the number of patient ventilator days rural hospitals could support
- Improve critical care in rural communities
- Keep rural hospitals financially viable during the pandemic
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