Virtual care delivery offers much more than social distancing and convenience; it allows organizations to “meet the patient where they are” and overcome barriers to care such as lack of transportation and rural isolation.
From a technology perspective, the evolution of COVID-19 has turned out to be a sort of proving ground for the concepts discussed in those January focus groups. Rather than being pushed to the back burner, efforts to achieve connected care through data optimization are ever more critical.
Now is the time for healthcare organizations to incorporate SDOH into their clinical workflows. Doing so can save time, money, and resources; it can increase patient engagement; and, overall, it can improve patient care.
As the country continues to realize the impacts of COVID-19, the healthcare industry’s unwavering commitment to improve health outcomes for patients is one of a few remaining constants. As the demand for equipment, personnel and space to sustain the increased volume of patients who require COVID care and treatment surges, so does the need for data driven insights to help make decisions and formulate response and care strategies.
Healthcare companies are making big investments into these new platforms, but have these organizations made the same investment into fueling that platform with the best data?