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by Alexandra Tarazi | Alberto Azpeitia
Published on June 10, 2020

With the pandemic requiring physical distancing, now is the time for organizations to leverage the technology available to allow the provision of patient care regardless of their physical location.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cerner has enabled virtual consultations over the phone for clinicians and patients to help lessen the impact and spread of the virus, as well as for patients to get access to care while at home.

It’s critical to support patients in receiving care at home while limiting their exposure to germs. At the same time, patients who are infected with COVID-19, or those in quarantine, can receive regular care and evaluation through telehealth, helping to keep care teams safe and away from infection. Telehealth can significantly increase the reach and impact of clinicians by providing extra support to care teams in crowded hospitals and clinics. In addition, it enables providers to pre-screen and virtually assess patients who have COVID-19 concerns, reducing the number of people in hospitals and the risk of more people contracting the virus.

Cerner, Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) and Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) have partnered to deliver another level of connected care for patients. With physical distancing being used globally to combat the spread of COVID-19, Cerner, PHCC and HMC have delivered a new avenue of care with the implementation of telemedicine capabilities. Through both telephone and video consults, patients can now see their physicians from the safety and comfort of their homes. This technology allows for an alternative method to deliver care for patients, which benefits all and especially those at highest risk of contracting the virus.

Cerner and its partners at PHCC and HMC have enabled clinical and scheduling support in conjunction with telemedicine technology in fewer than three weeks within the entire state of Qatar. Video consultations have been enabled through a third-party system, which will be integrated with Cerner in the near future. With this implementation, patients are still able to receive the world-class care delivered by PHCC and HMC without subjecting themselves to the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the community. This new functionality is a testament to the strong partnership Cerner has with PHCC and HMC, working to provide high quality and safe care for patients throughout Qatar.


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