The principles of traditional care delivery are rapidly shifting as new healthcare technologies flood the market, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only hastened the unavoidable emergence of virtual care as the stand-out solution for modern diagnostic processes. The viability of home care via virtual technology is undeniable, and taking full advantage of its convenience is a win-win for overburdened health systems and their patients.
“Healthcare no longer needs to be defined by the walls of the hospital,” said Kristin Molina, Philips Healthcare's business leader for enterprise care collaboration. “By leveraging interoperable, cloud-based solutions that inform data-driven decisions, clinicians can maintain visibility into patients’ well-being at home.” Virtual care has already been a saving grace for the innumerable health organizations that have implemented its use in various forms. Benefits include lowering overall care costs, improving work-life experiences for providers, and allowing patients to profit greatly from the accommodations afforded by home accessibility.
Doubling down on use of AI-enabled support tools and wearables –as well as honing data tracking and integration methods– will help make crucial patient data the conduit for improved health comprehension in the patient-provider relationship. The visibility provided through interoperable technology improves confidence in medical decisions for both parties. Virtual care, continuing to produce stellar results, is sure to play a key role in the foreseeable future of healthcare.