Friday, October 07, 2016

Now This Is A Very Interesting Use Of Remote Technology!

This appeared a few days ago.

U.S. Hospital Night Shifts Are Being Monitored From Australia

When the sun goes down in America, Australians are starting their day.

23/09/2016 11:21 AM AEST | Updated September 23, 2016 15:13
Hospital accidents are more likely to occur during the graveyard shift. When the sun goes down, much of the medical staff goes home while patients' circadian rhythms slow to sleep.
To combat the statistically significant increase in overnight incidents, six U.S. hospitals with group Emory Health care are stationing a 'remote Intensive Care Unit' in Sydney, Australia, paving the way for similar arrangements for the outback and remote areas.
The team will be based at Macquarie University's health sciences centre and hospital MQ Health where they'll monitor things like a patient's heart rate, while on-the-ground staff can contact them in patient's rooms to ask questions.
Centre director Cheryl Hiddleson told The Huffington Post Australia it was about providing support to staff.
"In the day time, there are the usual staff, physicians, registrars -- there are plenty of people taking care of patients but at night those people tend to go home, so there's less help and less resources," Hiddleson said.
More here:
I wonder how much the team in Australia are being paid for the service and how the registration to practice in the US issues (and liability issues) are being handled?


Anonymous said...

ah you are finishing the week with a good news story after so much of the negative...

Have a nice weekend! ;)

Enrico Coiera said...


The team at Macquarie University Hospital that runs the US 'night shift' from Sydney currently comes from Emory in the US, which runs the remote ICU service. In other words, they are trained and certified in the US, and familiar with the US system.