Verizon Business Monday unveiled BlueJeans Telehealth, a way for providers and patients to conduct data-driven virtual care conversations. The network is designed to give healthcare providers and their care teams a new way to connect with patients remotely.
According to the “The Future of Telehealth – Balancing Security and Ease of Use” white paper, healthcare organizations (81 percent) expect to see a greater investment in telehealth solutions over the next two-to-three years, with 85 percent of decision-makers identifying “ease of use” as a top-five driver in producing good outcomes from telehealth.
Many hospitals and health clinics have adopted video conferencing services during the pandemic for providing patient care. BlueJeans Telehealth was subsequently designed, from the ground up, according to Verizon, for healthcare organizations to simplify the virtual join and visit experience and offer greater access to care and provide more flexibility for providers and patients. The net gain the carrier hopes to achieve is mproved safety and extended reach of services available.
“We worked closely with an advisory board of health system clinicians and healthcare decision-makers to build BlueJeans Telehealth specifically to address the most pressing needs for a virtual-first telehealth offering–from ease of experience to enhanced security,” said Tami Erwin, CEO, Verizon Business. “[This] launch is just the beginning for Verizon in what we see as the future of telehealth, especially when you consider the innovation that will come from 5G mobility, broadband and cloud capabilities.”
Penn Medicine is one institution that quickly leveraged telemedicine early in the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure continuity of care to patients while keeping both them as well as their workforce staff safe and healthy. “After rapidly mobilizing our staff and infrastructure in March 2020, we were able to scale to over one million televisits by February 2021,” said C. William Hanson III, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer for the University of Pennsylvania Health System. “It was essential that our patients be able to rely on us to continue their care in all settings, and innovating to offer them telemedicine and remote monitoring options was an essential part of maintaining our capacity to care during the pandemic.”