During May, Telstra Health participated in the Talking HealthTech Autumn Summit, a quarterly Summit which brings together clinicians, innovators, decision-makers, and investors to explore the issues shaping healthcare innovation today.
Bridget Holmewood, Regional General Manager – Business Development, joined Lachlan Ophof, General Manager – My Home Hospital, Calvary Central Districts Hospital, and Isaac Wall, Assistant Director of Nursing - Tasmanian Department of Health, to discuss topics surrounding the focus of ‘Where to next with virtual care?’.
During an insightful 30-minute discussion, Bridget, Isaac and Lachlan discussed how virtual care is supporting the needs of patients and clinicians, the challenges clinicians need to overcome when utilising virtual care services, and how health services and digital health companies can help to ensure greater adoption and innovation of virtual care services as we move into the future.
What became clear throughout the discussion was the need to put a strategy behind utilising virtual care so that these solutions can be used at scale to better maximise the efficiency of clinical staff. In addition, ensuring data drives the way virtual care is delivered and received was another key point discussed.
Improving patient outcomes also a key theme of the discussion, both during their time of illness and during the post-care period, particularly in the context of consumers’ changing expectations of healthcare delivery.
With pockets of innovation across many areas of the health and care ecosystem and increasing adoption and adaptability of virtual care across both patients and healthcare professionals, there is a lot to feel excited about when we consider the future of virtual care.