Virtual Health Care is Cerner’s approach to moving telemedicine forward.
As technology and infrastructure advancements relating to telehealth and telemedicine have matured, the number of use cases has expanded to become part of larger Virtual Health Care delivery models. We believe that traditional industry terms such as telemedicine and telehealth will wane as virtual technology and workflows will become a standard of delivering a variety of health and care services. Cerner identifies telemedicine as a key capability, both in the context of virtual health and virtual care, empowering organizations to increase access while lowering the cost of delivering health care services across the continuum of care. Using an ecosystem of virtual and remote services and technology organizations are able to provide care at a distance, enabling the delivery of quality cost effective care anywhere.
Virtual Health Care empowers individuals to manage their health and care in new ways. We are now at the tipping point where remote monitoring and real time meaningful interventions will fundamentally change the way populations engage in their health.
Smartphone and mobile devices are becoming a commonplace in today’s health care setting as we move toward patient-centered care. While technology is transforming the industry by improving patient engagement and outcomes, there are newer ethical and legal concerns that need to be addressed.
At its core, population health is about improving outcomes for communities by improving outcomes for the individual. Health care is fundamentally shifting from managing encounters and venues to people across networks, and providers need solutions to know, manage and engage with their populations.
Approximately 51 million Americans live in rural areas and depend upon the hospital in their community. That’s roughly one in every six Americans – and yet, as rural hospitals face more and more closures, residents in those communities have increasingly limited options for health care.