ArticlesThe Future Is Now: Implementation of a Tele-Intensivist ProgramRabert, Anne S. RN, MHSA, CCRN; Sebastian, Mary (Molly) C. RN, MSN, CNAA, BCAuthor Information Authors' affiliations: Director (Ms Rabert), Medical/Surgical Intensive Care Unit and Intensive Care Unit-West; Administrator (Ms Sebastian), Patient Care Services, Medical-Surgical/Trauma/Oncology Division, Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network, Allentown, Pa. Corresponding author: Ms Rabert, Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network, P.O. Box 689, Allentown, PA 18105-1556 (firstname.lastname@example.org). JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration: January 2006 - Volume 36 - Issue 1 - p 49-54 Buy Abstract Based on overwhelming scientific evidence, The Leapfrog Group focused on 3 practices that have tremendous potential to save lives by reducing preventable mistakes in hospitals. The authors describe these practices and how they served as a driving force to create a "virtual ICU" within a Magnet hospital network. The effort combined services of a board-certified intensivist and technological advancements in telemedicine to ensure the delivery of high-quality care to all critically ill patients throughout the network. A computerized physician-order entry system, an electronic medication administration record, an electronic documentation system, and a remote ICU were the 4 programmatic phases necessary to realize the concept. The purpose of this article is to describe the process of planning and implementing the tele-intensivist program. © 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.