WRMA Awarded HRSA Contract to Evaluate eICU Programs Providing Services to Rural Areas
WRMA will be providing an analysis and descriptive evaluation of the use of electronic intensive care units (eICU) in rural areas using a multiple case study design. Three eICU sites will be engaged in the study. WRMA will analyze the process and implementation of eICU technologies including facilitators and barriers to implementation, impact on staffing, issues regarding interoperability, and other technological challenges. Quality of care and cost issues also will be assessed. Examples include avoidance of transfer, reduction in length of stay, and comparative cost assessment. Funding for the project was provided by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Office of Rural Health Policy.