COVID-19 One Year Later: What’s Next for Virtual Care?

by Daphne Allen“Chronic patients often need assistance beyond their doctors’ facilities,” Matt Mikula, virtual care global solution manager for Lenovo, tells MD+DI. “We believe virtual care makes an impact.” To help provide remote patient care and telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic, the company announced a device-agnostic platform that helps healthcare systems branch into virtual care, Mikula explained. That virtual care solution by Lenovo has already helped one large healthcare institution reduce patient readmission by 18 percent, the company reported.Now, moving forward, for virtual care to fully serve chronically ill patients beyond the pandemic, care providers also need a platform able to leverage more medical devices and relieve them of the burden of having to manage the complexities of hardware logistics, he said.“Providers want to provide care, seamlessly, and extend care into home environments, yet with the data flowing directly into their patients’ health records,” Mikula...

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