Virtual hospital ward rounds involve wider number of clinical experts and familiesCase study 3 of 4 on “Digitalizing healthcare” trends, produced by the Economist Intelligence Unit

9.12.2020
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. Complementing this, Siemens Healthineers has analyzed survey data, prepared by The Economist Intelligence Unit, to assess the current progress of healthcare digitalization. Find "Who are the leaders in digital health and what can we learn from them in times of COVID-19" as well as further case studies here.


Healthcare delivery has been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic and digitalization has become a key component transforming the healthcare landscape. In order to make this digital transformation sustainable even after the pandemic, we believe that four steps are essential for building a digital healthcare enterprise. Learn more.