Interacting with patients by computer, phone or apps, virtual healthcare can consist of: sharing patient information (symptoms, medication review); education (informing patients about signs of illness); and management (a recommendation to seek medical attention; physician submitting a drug prescription).
The science of virtual care and remote automated monitoring (RAM) is a burgeoning field of study. While digital transformation of healthcare holds great promise, a lack of robust research and data – and inadequate scaling of health technology interventions (such as mostly pilot studies) – have been barriers to date.
PHRI’s work to date is leading the way in overcoming challenges to allow virtual care with RAM to achieve its promised potential. Those challenges include: patient and clinician discomfort with technologies for virtual care; underdeveloped intervention workflows; lack of integration of RAM data into meaningful action for frontline clinicians; cybersecurity threats; and failure to integrate data with electronic medical records.