ATS Issues Joint Statement on ICU Telemedicine Research

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The ATS and its Critical Care Societies Collaborative partners have released a joint statement outlining key research priorities in intensive care unit telemedicine. The statement was the result of a 2010 consensus conference sponsored by the United States Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, which brought together international leaders in the fields of critical care medicine, critical care nursing, rural health and health services research.

The document, which was published in the July 2011 issue of Chest, calls for outcomes research directed at understanding the mechanisms by which ICU telemedicine can impact the quality of critical care, especially for underserved populations, as well as research comparing ICU telemedicine to other methods of quality improvement. “ICU telemedicine is a potentially powerful approach to improving ICU outcomes, but more research is needed to best inform its use,” said conference co-chair Jeremy Kahn, MD, MS. “This statement is designed to aid investigators, research funding agencies and policy makers in prioritizing and evaluating this innovative technology.”