Telehealth: A Quarter-Trillion-Dollar Opportunity for Post-COVID Era

Telehealth: A Quarter-Trillion-Dollar Opportunity for Post-COVID Era

COVID-19 has redefined the rules of the game when it comes to how healthcare is provided and delivered throughout the world. A McKinsey survey has now confirmed that telehealth visits have increased from 11% pre-COVID to almost 46% of all consumer visits (to make up for cancelled appointments and walk-ins). With this massive move to digital health, it is being projected that up to $250 billion of current US healthcare spend can be virtualized in the post-COVID era.

The provider healthcare ecosystem in North America has been on the cusp of change for some time now and it will suffice to say that COVID-19 has provided the final push for the implementation of an integrated digital health strategy. Not only does an integrated virtualized healthcare system provide improved convenience and better access to care, it also greatly improves patient outcomes and makes the care-continuum more efficient.

However, challenges related to adoption of virtual care still remain. While 76% of the consumers surveyed are now interested in using telehealth, only 46% have used it. This may be attributed to evolving healthcare needs during the pandemic, a general lack of awareness of telehealth offerings, or even ambiguity in claiming insurance coverage.

On the providers’ side, concerns about security, privacy, integration needs for existing disparate systems, and other concerns around effectiveness and financial reimbursement may impact the adoption of virtual health in the post-COVID era.

And while investments and acceleration in the use of digital health may still prove to be a watershed moment in the history of healthcare in this part of the world, there’s a long way to go before access to care through virtualized systems becomes embedded in our care delivery systems.

Dapasoft Announces Corolar ConnectedCare App Availability on Microsoft Teams Store

TORONTO, ON – March 17, 2020 – Dapasoft Inc., a leading provider of health data interoperability and clinical systems integration, today announced the availability of its Corolar ConnectedCare App on Microsoft Teams Store. The Corolar ConnectedCare App provides Teams users with a comprehensive and secure communication solution for clinician-to-clinician collaboration.

With Corolar ConnectedCare App, clinicians can easily access patient data from EHRs like MEDITECH, Epic, Cerner, and more within the proven and trusted Teams collaboration framework. Corolar ConnectedCare will thus help address immediate and urgent challenges like transitions between care settings and fragmented care through improved clinical integration, by providing the right data securely at a care team’s fingertips.

“We are excited to launch our Microsoft Teams native healthcare app on the Teams store,” said Michael Lonsway, Dapasoft’s President. “It is a reflection of our commitment to Microsoft and the fast-growing Teams platform. We have already engaged with healthcare providers in Canada and US for scheduling, care coordination and other Teams based solutions and strongly believe Corolar ConnectedCare is the quickest means for providers to bring EHR data into Teams for care coordination and Collaboration.”

Jason Brommet, Modern Workplace Lead, Microsoft Canada, said “Microsoft Teams empowers care teams to provide the best possible patient care, while helping their organizations better coordinate care, and improve clinical and operational outcomes – all on the trusted and compliant Microsoft 365 cloud. We’re pleased to see healthcare-focused partners like Dapasoft benefit from the Teams platform, coupled with their healthcare knowledge and technical capabilities on Microsoft Azure, to help modernize Canadian healthcare.”

Key Facts:

  • Corolar ConnectedCare is purpose built for care coordination in Teams with EHR data
  • Using Corolar ConnectedCare, clinicians can easily view their roster of patients and detailed patient chart information within Teams (e.g., visit details, vitals, diagnosis, medications, lab results, clinical documents, etc.).
  • Corolar ConnectedCare uses advanced capabilities such as the bot framework, message extension etc. to provide alerts and notifications to clinicians.

About Dapasoft Inc.
Dapasoft is pioneering the future of healthcare applications and health data interoperability. Headquartered in Toronto, Dapasoft is trusted by North American healthcare providers, payors and application developers to power their solutions everyday, integrating a wide variety of EHR, EMR and other clinical and analytics systems.

About Corolar
Corolar is an award-winning Interoperability Platform that can be deployed to your public cloud instance and gives you sophisticated integration features and unmatched control and ownership. Our solution is architected to maximize autonomy, control and data sovereignty. Corolar enables you to develop, deploy, execute, manage and monitor integration processes and flows that connect multiple endpoints so that they can work together.

 For further information:

Dapasoft Inc.
Jijesh Devan, +1 416-847-4080 ext. 1070
jdevan@dapasoft.com

14 LHINs Reorganized Into 5 Transitional Regions In Ontario

14 LHINs Reorganized Into 5 Transitional Regions In Ontario

In efforts to build a connected and coordinated public health care system in Ontario, 14 LHINs (Local Health Integration Networks) have been restructured into 5 interim geographical regions for transition of certain LHIN functions and oversight responsibilities into Ontario Health. These five interim and transitional geographical regions are based on existing geographic boundaries as set out in the current LHIN’s governing legislation.

Under the operational realignment, Ontario has also reduced the LHIN CEO positions from 14 to five. To better reflect the changes, these positions will now be called Transitional Regional Leads. In accordance with the vision for a truly connected health care system, these transitional leads will report to the Ontario Health Board which will remain the Board for the realigned LHINs. All current functions of the LHINs including continued coordination of patient access to home and community care and long-term care placement will be managed by the reorganized LHINs.

The interim regional clustering of LHINs are as follows:

Region Transitional Regional Leads Clustering of LHIN Corporations
West Bruce Lauckner Erie-St. Clair, South West, Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant, Waterloo Wellington
Central Scott McLeod Mississauga Halton, Central West, Central, North Simcoe Muskoka
Toronto Tess Romain Toronto Central
East Renato Discenza Central East, South East, Champlain
North Rhonda Crocker Ellacott North West, North East

According to the Ministry of Health, this reorganization of LHINs is operationally necessary to establish regional oversight between existing LHINs. As per the transition plan, certain functions of the LHINs will eventually move to Ontario Health, however, other functions such as delivering home and community care and long-term care placement services will remain under current LHINs jurisdiction.

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