New Technology Lets Doctors Monitor Patients 'Remotely'
Colleen Dowd, director of Kaleieda Health's eICU, demonstrates how the system works Monday, Dec. 27, 2004, in Buffalo, New York. Kaleida Health System is among an expanding number of hospital systems adopting 'enhanced intensive care' technology _ known a
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Your next doctor could be keeping an eye on you from afar â€” via a camera and a bank of computer screens. An expanding number of hospitals are adopting technology that allows critical care doctors and nurses to monitor dozens of patients at different hospitals simultaneously, much as an air traffic controller keeps track of several planes.
Lucille Lamarca could feel her heart begin to beat at a worrisome pace as she lay there alone in the intensive care unit at Buffalo General Hospital with a heart condition. Then from a speaker came a reassuring voice.