ATA Spotlight on COVID-19: Scaling ICU Beds and Capabilities

It is projected that there will not be enough ICU beds to meet the surge of COVID-19 patients requiring intensive care unit (ICU) hospitalization. Given the nature of the virus and the risk of infection for healthcare providers (HCPs), there is also a projected shortage of intensivists and critical care nurses to treat these patients. In a survey conducted by the Society for Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), of more than 4,800 critical care providers surveyed, only 29.5% said their ICU is equipped with a telemedicine system that could be used to manage acute COVID patients.

Learn about how health systems have been leveraging telehealth and digital services to scale for the upsurge and unique needs of critically ill patients requiring stays in the ICU.

Key topics to address:

  • Expanding ICU bed capacity through virtual ICUs
  • Access to aggregated data with algorithms to enable clinical decision making in real-time
  • Protecting provider staff and addressing staff shortages
  • Mitigating patient risk through the expansion of specialist and multidisciplinary care through telehealth services

Which updated ICU services will survive past the pandemic?


  • Iris Berman, RN, MSN, CCRN-K, VP of Telehealth Services, Northwell Health
  • Atiya Dhala, MD, Virtual ICU Medical Director, Houston Methodist
  • Hargobind Khurana, MD, Medical Director, Telehealth – Acute Care, Providence St. Joseph’s
  • Anthony Reina, MD, Chief Architect for Health & Life Sciences, Intel (Moderator)

This webinar is part of our special resource series “ATA Spotlight on COVID-19 underwritten by Intel”.