With a pulmonary and critical care telemedicine program, hospitals can retain patients locally with:
• End-stage diseases such as advanced kidney injury; myocardial infarction and congestive heart failure; multi-organ failure; respiratory failure, including
the use of mechanical ventilation; and complex infections.
• Lung-specific diseases, including pleural diseases, obstructive sleep apnea, pulmonary hypertension, interstitial lung diseases, and exacerbation of chronic
obstructive pulmonary disease.