Virtual hospital ward rounds involve wider number of clinical experts and families

Case study 3 of 4 on “Digitalizing healthcare” trends, produced by the Economist Intelligence Unit
2020-12-09
Virtual hospital ward rounds have been a feature for some medical specialties for close to two decades. When COVID-19 turned into a pandemic in early 2020, the importance of restricting the exposure of the health workforce to potentially infectious patients pushed the needle for this form of telemedicine.
This case study interviews experts from the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, two hospitals that had implemented virtual rounds already before the pandemic.
Learn about the care setting benefitting from virtual ward rounds, how they were adopted during the pandemic and what potential they hold for the future, post-COVID era of healthcare delivery.

This article is part of a series that presents original insights based on exclusive research and interviews with global healthcare leaders, prepared and conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit

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