Why a Focus on Virtual Care Is Vital for the Future

by Teta AlimAs care delivery continues to move beyond the walls of the hospital or doctor’s office, healthcare providers will need to home in on their virtual care offerings if they expect to strengthen their digital transformations.Virtual care provided a necessary link between providers and patients as the COVID-19 pandemic pushed nonemergency appointments and procedures online. Even now, with a tentative return to in-person visits, virtual care options have proved useful for follow-up appointments, specialty care consultations and chronic disease monitoring.How can healthcare systems maintain and improve their virtual care options for the future?“I think the watchword is integration — integration with the electronic record, but also integration with your general service delivery mode,” Dr. Joseph Kvedar, senior adviser for virtual care at Mass General Brigham in Boston and board chair of the American Telemedicine Association, told HealthTech in a recent interview. “Every other servi...

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