University of Maryland eCare offers remote patient monitoring — expanding the possibilities for lifesaving care in nine hospitals across the state served by expert remote ICU monitoring. This service can now help direct care for up to 100 ICU patients who are able to stay closer to home.
University of Maryland eCare exemplifies one of the core strategies in the University of Maryland Medical System -- to make sure the right patient is in the right place at the right time. University of Maryland eCare extends our expertise in time-sensitive critical care medicine to rural areas, without bringing the patient to Baltimore unless absolutely necessary, easing the burden on patients and their families, and potentially lowering healthcare costs.
How University of Maryland eCare works:
From a central operations hub on the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) campus in Baltimore, telemedicine technology allows intensivists and critical care nurses to oversee patient care in off-site ICUs during the night and weekend hours, providing a virtual safety net for smaller facilities when the local physician staffing levels are lower. The local staff can also get immediate consultation from a critical care expert who is able to see the patient and their real-time medical data through cameras and live feeds of data.
University of Maryland eCare uses special cameras in patient rooms along with continual electronic feeds of information such as patients' vital signs, laboratory and pharmaceutical data, to pick up even slight changes in a patient's physical condition. An "eLert" button in each patient room also allows local ICU staff to request eCare assistance or a consultation.
Hospitals with ICUs in Maryland monitored by University of Maryland eCare:
- Calvert Memorial Hospital - Prince Frederick
- Peninsula Regional Medical Center - Salisbury
- St. Mary's Hospital - Leonardtown
- Atlantic General Hospital - Berlin
- Union Hospital of Cecil County - Elkton
- Meritus Medical Center - Hagerstown
University of Maryland Medical System Now Providing 'Virtual Safety Net' to ICU Patients in Nine Maryland Hospitals