Health Desk- 13 August, 2020: The global leader in health technology Royal Philips on Tuesday announced the launch of Virtual Care Station (VCS), a telehealth environment that delivers virtual care services in convenient neighborhood locations.
The VCS helps deliver on the Quadruple Aim by giving patients access to virtual face-to-face care, and is designed to help improve clinical outcomes, lower costs and increase patient and staff satisfaction. The VCS is based on Philips technology developed for the ATLAS program (Accessing Telehealth through Local Area Stations).
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, trends showed some increased interest in the use of telehealth services by both healthcare providers and patients. At-home telehealth solutions are a convenient option for patients. Moreover, patients may not have the privacy they need for sensitive clinical conversations at home, making the VCS a timely option.
Philips created the VCS with insights from patients, physicians and caregivers to offer patients the convenience and care of a traditional face-to-face visit.
According to the CDC, changes in the way that health care is delivered during this pandemic are needed to reduce staff exposure to ill persons, preserve personal protective equipment (PPE) and minimize the impact of patient surges on facilities.