Skip to content Skip to navigation

Tele-ICU Company Formed by Physicians

September 28, 2012
by Gabriel Perna
| Reprints

Sixteen California-based physicians have announced the formation of a new company, Performance ICU, which will perform tele-ICU medicine to hospitals and health systems throughout the nation. The doctors say they are bringing extensive tele-ICU experience to the table, observing from a remote location while continuously monitoring patient vital signs, physiologic trends, treatment results, and, as needed, communicating directly to the bedside with two-way audio/visual communication.

Dr. Afzal, CEO of Performance ICU, stated, "We believe the timing is right for introducing our new company. There is a growing shortage of critical care physicians at the same time as the U.S. population is aging.  Hospitals are aggressively looking for solutions that improve patient care while reducing costs.  Tele-ICU medicine has been proven to do just that."

Although the physician group is initially targeting the western part of the U.S. for its services, it has plans to be a national company with multiple remote monitoring hubs within a few years.

"We are not restricted by geographic distance or the hospital's current technology," managing partner Richard DeFelice, M.D. said in a statement  "Our technology platform is vendor neutral and we can provide hospitals and health systems with an affordable solution to staffing their ICUs with intensivists during the hours for which they do not have critical care physicians available."



CMS Hospital Compare Website Updated with VA Data

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the inclusion of Veterans Administration (VA) hospital performance data as part of the federal agency’s Hospital Compare website.

CMS Awards Funding to Special Innovation Projects

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded 20, two-year Special Innovation Projects (SIPs) aimed at local efforts to deliver better care at lower cost.

Center of Excellence in Genomic Science to be Established in Chicago

The National Human Genome Research Institute has awarded $10.6 million over five years for the establishment of a new research center in Chicago to advance genomic science.

EHNAC and HITRUST Combine HIPAA Security Criteria, CSF Framework

The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) and the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) announced plans to streamline their accreditation and certification programs.

Halamka on MACRA Final Rule: “CMS is Listening and I Thank Them”

Health IT notable expert John Halamka, M.D., CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, recently weighed in on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) final rule.

Texas Patient Care Clinic Hit with Ransomware Attack

Grand Prairie, Texas-based Rainbow Children's Clinic was the victim of a ransomware attack on its IT systems in August, affecting more than 33,000 patients, according to multiple news media reports this week.