Philadelphia hospital uses virtual rounds

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

June 11, 2015

When a patient is admitted, he or she may want family members involved in decisions related to their healthcare. Unfortunately, for a myriad of reasons, family members may not be able to be physically present during medical rounds when these decisions are being discussed.

However, advances in technology have given hospitals the ability to begin virtual telehealth programs, or “virtual rounds.” Such a program was started at Thomas Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia that allows patients and doctors to discuss healthcare options with family members all over the country.

Using an iPad with a video camera and telehealth software, the patient can initiate the conference during rounds and end the call at any time, according to an article in Modern Healthcare.

Read the full article here.