Over the next several years, SJMO began looking at technological advancements in the intensive care unit (ICU) when leadership came across a story of a Los Angeles hospital that was using a very basic robotic technology to make rounds in its ICU.
Although intrigued by the technology, SJMO leadership voiced numerous concerns about deployment, acceptance and a unified strategy for stroke care.
SJMO felt that robotic technology provided a basis for a physician on one end of an Internet connection to evaluate a patient and also communicate effectively with somebody on the other end of that communication.
The first human link in the concept revolved around an on-call team at SJMO that would provide almost instantaneous access to a stroke specialist.
After preliminary testing in the ICU, clinics and ED, a multidisciplinary team of endovascular surgeons, neurologists and interventional cardiologists; intensivists, clinical nurse specialists and nurse educators; as well as, administrators and finance personnel from SJMO developed the program concept and rollout plan.
If all are in agreement, SJMO offers a contract for inclusion in MSN.
director of adult critical care for SJMO, had worked with earlier versions of the RP-7 in addition to other robotic technology.