«The virtual health revolution has been prevalent over the last few years, especially fueled by generation-shifting events such as the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, more than ever before, healthcare leaders, organizations, and policy makers are seeing the value of virtual health, both with regards to patient convenience and experience, and the cost savings that virtual health can potentially provide on a systemic level.»

«Some organizations have leaned in even further with regards to virtual health, using the technology to go beyond simple patient-care encounters. Take for example Penn Medicine’s (based with The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine) Care Connect program. In a paper published earlier this month in the New England Journal of Medicine, the team writes about “CareConnect: Adapting a Virtual Urgent Care Model to Provide Buprenorphine Transitional Care.” The program leverages Penn’s virtual urgent care services and substance use professionals to provide treatment to patients. As described by the organization, “Trained urgent care clinicians provide virtual assessment and treatment with buprenorphine — a medication that treats opioid cravings and withdrawal symptoms — with patients receiving support from substance use navigators throughout their care process.”»

Article written by Sai Balasubramanian, M.D