August 4, Julia Hu
As restrictions have begun to lift and hospitals and medical offices are beginning to reopen for non-emergent care, we have seen the use of telemedicine start to taper off. Providing quality, virtual health care won’t be as easy as flipping a switch, but we currently have an unprecedented opportunity to carry forward the best version of virtual care and create a more holistic health care system. As we work toward that goal, Julia presents three components our virtual care system needs in order to be sustainable, feasible, and manageable for both patients and providers.
July 31, Sylvie Stacy
Physicians are needed now – more than ever – to take on non-clinical roles in a variety of industries, sectors, and organizational types. Domains of patient care that were historically the responsibility of doctors are now in the hands of not just patients themselves, but also corporations, regulators, policymakers, and others whose efforts will ultimately impact patient actions and outcomes. There is little emphasis within medical education on building proficiency on an organizational and system-wide level – and even less on a societal level. Physicians in nonclinical roles ensure that the most appropriate decisions are made from a clinical and scientific perspective, despite that fact that these decisions are being made outside of a traditional patient encounter.
August 5, Hans Duvefelt
Imagine telemedicine visits continuing even post-COVID, as a perfectly normal event, with a Harvard endocrinologist or geneticist through your laptop or smartphone from your kitchen table in Madawaska, Maine. Imagine only visiting your primary care clinic when specific procedures or physical exam elements are needed for completeness of care. What this pandemic has brought us is a shift in our view of where you have to be in order to get things done. If you can earn your wage remotely and still buy things online when offices and physical stores are shut down, it seemed logical to try to offer healthcare the same way. And most of us have found that it works surprisingly well.