At the helm of virtual care

“There’s no doubt in my mind that the healthcare system has changed forever,” explained Dr. Barry Rubin, Medical Director of the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre.

When interviewed by CBC News, Dr. Rubin shared how the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre has led in the delivery of virtual care during COVID-19 (half of the centre’s patients are receiving virtual care through the phone, video chat or an app) and how this will shape the post-pandemic world.

Dr. Rubin highlighted an app rapidly developed by two cardiologists at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre’s that provides virtual tracking and triaging of patients with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19.  After just two weeks, 110 appointments were completed and 53 follow-up visits were avoided.

Medly, the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre’s digital heart failure management platform was also discussed, where close to 50% more patients have been onboarded since the pandemic began. This will ensure these patients receive the ongoing care they need from the comfort of their home.

As healthcare systems around the world navigate the challenges brought on by the pandemic and plan for what the future holds, it’s clear that virtualized care – and the expertise housed at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre – will be called upon.

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