This edition of Vizient’s VentureSprout Podcast, is focused on how improvements in PCP quality of care is driven by COVID and digital health. This is part one of our four-part series highlighting Vizient’s Member-backed Ventures Summit and interviews with our distinguished panel of digital health entrepreneurs. In this episode, we focus on the need for organizations to deliver digital health and improve PCP quality and care in this era of heightened consumer/patient expectations. COVID-19 accelerated these expectations, and our panel relates how their digital solutions, working with member health care organizations, deliver this needed transformation in PCP quality and care delivery.
Moderated by Crystal Mullis, RN, MBA, MHA, Vice President and General Manager of Digital, Virtual and Ventures at Vizient. Guest speakers include Brooke LeVasseur, CEO of AristaMD, Glen Olson, Vice President of Business Development, Derek Steat, CEO of DexCare Health and Dr. Pippa Shulman, CMO of Medically Home.
Hear about health care’s latest endeavors and pioneering ideas on VentureSprout, a podcast featuring spin-ups and newcos developed by Vizient members across the country. Part of Vizient’s Member-backed Ventures offering, VentureSprout connects you to newco executives and health system founders whose innovative ideas will transform health care. Hosted by Crystal Mullis and brought to you by the Vizient Member-backed Ventures Channel.
How telehealth and eConsults are reducing patient wait times
Innovative healthcare solutions are invaluable to efforts of reducing patient wait times as healthcare systems face challenges in patient access and availability of care. As a result, telehealth solutions, such as eConsults, increase the efficiency of care by improving access to specialists while also better optimizing time and place of care.
The shortage of specialist physicians in the United States continues to receive a great deal of attention as an area of concern. However, a lesser-known compounding factor is the increase in referral rates. In a 2012 study, the National Ambulatory Medical Care Surveys found that between 1999 and 2009, the probability of receiving a specialist referral during an ambulatory patient visit increased from 4.8% to 9.3%, a 92% increase, nearly double.