Editor’s note: this article first appeared on the University of Minnesota Physicians intranet in February.
David Johnson’s asthma had landed him in the hospital once before. This time, on a November Sunday, he was running a high fever. So on Monday morning, David’s wife Tracy was concerned by the continuing fever and his wheezing. She took him to the E.D. at Fairview Lakes Medical Center, where it didn’t take long to determine he had pneumonia.
If it’d been a year earlier, he’d have been transferred to University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview – in Minneapolis, more than 30 miles away. But, thanks to our Telemedicine-ICU (Tele-ICU) program, David was able to stay put and still receive expert care from the providers at UMPhysicians.