Virtual Care – The Horizon Beyond 2020
Ready or not, the COVID-19 pandemic forced physicians in Canada and around the world to suddenly begin seeking virtual care solutions as a crucial means of healthcare delivery. The urgency of the situation pressured many to quickly purchase software without enough time to thoroughly evaluate the effectiveness and now, seven months into the pandemic, too many physicians have been led to believe that telemedicine is the end all and be all of virtual medicine and that they shouldn’t expect more–when they should.
Virtual care, when designed and implemented properly, should be part and parcel of a collaborative, integrated solution that enables physicians to manage, assess, communicate, and engage their patients through a single point of access while also connecting with all members of the patient’s care team–with minimal clicks. Video and instant messaging are important elements of a toolbox that should include asynchronous communication–where real efficiency is generated–and which should empower physicians with the ability to easily assign patients tasks, share files from their health records, request additional information, issue prescriptions, provide counseling all from anywhere, anytime.
During this session, two practicing physicians–co-founders of InputHealth’s award-winning Collaborative Health Record (CHR)–will discuss lessons learned during the first months of the pandemic (when the CHR was widely adopted to assist Ontario’s efforts to counter the pandemic) and suggested steps that should be taken nationwide to make high-quality, integrated, collaborative care widely deliverable and accessible across Canada.
Presented by co-founders, Dr. Puneet Seth, President/CMO, and Marc Faktor, VP of Sales, InputHealth