Holy Cross Health creatively utilizes a variety of existing virtual technologies, such as video chat, to enable timely access to medical expertise at Holy Cross Hospital and Holy Cross Germantown Hospital. This innovative model of "virtual care" streamlines care, consultation and decision-making, which benefits patients, physicians and family members.
Holy Cross Health has been on the leading edge of the virtual care, currently applying this approach in areas such as neuroscience and behavioral health. For example, virtual care enables emergency physicians to communicate virtually with off-site neurologists and others to involve specialists in the care of stroke patients early in the process.
The goal is to bring this model to many specialties and clinical contexts. The future holds seemingly limitless possibilities for this technology and how it can be applied toward improving health care delivery for all patients, whether in the hospital, in our community care clinics, in nursing homes or even in the patient's home.