Georgia Remote Critical Care Services Grant
The Remote Critical Care Services Grant offers funding for rural hospitals in Georgia to partner with Emory Healthcare to operate an electronic intensive care unit (eICU) program.
Funding is intended to partially defray the startup costs for the eICU program. Grantees are expected to contribute to the costs of initiation of the eICU program and must sustain the remote critical care services within the rural hospital for at least 3 years after execution of the grant agreement.
Emory Healthcare will:
- Provide continuous electronic surveillance of all patients admitted to the remote hospital's critical care unit to include real time interfaces from the electronic medical record and bedside monitors
- Respond to changes in patient condition reported through surveillance mechanisms
- Report at least quarterly, the hospital-wide impact of their services including, at a minimum, impact on ICU and hospital mortality, ICU and hospital length of stay, and adherence to standard evidence-based critical care practice
- Report at least quarterly, with reference to national benchmarks and to performance of similar ICUs
- Perform all surveillance and response functions securely, with reference to prevailing privacy law
- Report at least quarterly, to identify and compare similarities and differences regarding the hospital wide impact due to the use of the remote critical care services with reference to national benchmarks and to the performance of similar ICUs
- Be located within a county designated as rural or a county with a Critical Access Hospital
- Be in good standing to conduct business with the Georgia State Office of Rural Health
- Operate a staffed intensive care unit with 6 or more beds
- Not have previously received grant funding from DCH for remote critical care services
Award amount: $450,000 per year
Project period: 3 years
Estimated number of awards: 2
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