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How texting unites Seattle’s critical care departments


One of a smartphone’s simplest features has become a powerful communication and coordination tool for metro Seattle’s critical care departments.

Anne B. Lipke, MD, is the medical director of Swedish Medical Center’s Issaquah, Wash., campus in suburban Seattle. In an audio interview, Dr. Lipke explains how texting has become a fast, effective component of Seattle’s critical care response to COVID-19. And she offers lessons for physicians across the country who may soon be seeing situations similar to Seattle’s.

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