Telemedicine improves outcomes for critically ill patients, study finds

USA TODAY, Boston Business Journal, Telegram report on Craig Lilly’s study findings

By Sandra Gray

UMass Medical School Communications

December 06, 2013

USA TODAY and other news outlets reported on a new study led by UMass Medical School’s Craig Lilly, MD, which found that telemedicine can improve outcomes while saving money.

“Telehealth is one way to make sure quality care occurs more frequently," said Dr. Lilly, professor of medicine, anesthesiology and surgery.

Published in the journal CHEST, the study of over 110,000 patients in 52 ICUs nationwide found that patients receiving care in eICU programs were 26 percent more likely to survive the ICU and were discharged 20 percent faster than patients in traditional ICUs.

These improved outcomes also have a positive impact on the bottom line. "We can have high-end, high-fidelity clinical services at dramatically lower costs," said Lilly.

Read the full coverage in USA TODAY, the Boston Business Journal and the Telegram & Gazette.

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