If telehealth can consistency provide a convenient virtual environment, as well as a clinical workflow that identifies which patients and conditions are appropriate for telehealth services, it’s far more likely to be able to compete with in-person care, according to Joseph Kvedar, MD, Senior Advisor, at the MGH Center for Innovation.
Taking economics out of the picture, the value proposition that tips the scales for telehealth is quality, according to Joseph Kvedar, MD, who cites examples where “we can extend access, provide patient convenience, and do so at a higher quality than in-person.”
“There’s no longer going to be a distinction among acute, ambulatory and virtual; it’s going to be one care ecosystem,” said Hank Capps, MD, in a recent podcast. And that means the ability to be nimble and shift “is going to be really important.”
Through its recently announced partnership, Mayo Clinic and Kaiser Permanente aim to “expand access to care that combines the comforts of home with the expertise of hospitalists,” according to John Halamka and Paul Cerrato, who discuss its unique components in this blog.
One of many things Covid has taught us? “The current care models can’t remain in place,” according to John Halamka, MD, and Paul Cerrato of Mayo Clinic Platform, who dig deep into one possible option: hospital-at-home programs.