The eICU: Remote Critical Care

India's top private hospitals are expanding into the remote management of electronic intensive care units (eICUs) around the country. It’s a way to address the shortage of doctors—only 7 for every 10,000 people, half the global average.

With multiple computer screens inside these high-tech eICUs, doctors suggest treatment procedures after assessing medical history and real-time heart rate charts of patients in distant facilities.

One success story: Remote doctors helped save a 30-year-old pregnant woman after her heart stopped beating by assisting a resident doctor, not specialized in intensive care, to carry out chest compressions through a video link.

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