We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 10/23 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Matt Sakumoto (@MattSakumoto) on the topic “What Pieces of Primary Care Work Virtually in a Post-COVID World?“. Matt Sakumoto is a primary care physician and product manager at Circle Medical, a primary care telehealth company based in San Francisco. He is also an assistant clinical professor at UCSF, and recent graduate of their Clinical Informatics fellowship (@ACIFellows), and frequent participant in the #TelemedNow tweet chat group.
As we shift our practices from simple survival to a return to the new normal, primary care practices are developing ways to remotely provide preventative care (cancer screening, diabetes and hypertension management, etc). But the pandemic continues to take a financial toll. Even as of September 2020, many primary care practices are still facing the financial pressure of the pandemic, and are using telehealth to maintain patient volume, according to this Primary Care Collaborative survey.
As health systems adapt and adopt virtual care platforms, which of these innovations will stick even in a post-COVID world, and what will the future of primary care look like in the new virtual care landscape?
Join us Friday, October 23, at 12pm ET for an exploration and discussion of this interesting topic!
Topics for this week’s #HITsm Chat:
T1: What does “Virtual Primary Care” mean to you? Can 100% of Primary Care be delivered via telehealth and virtual care platforms? #HITsm
T2: During COVID, was there anything you previously thought was impossible to accomplish via telehealth, that could actually be delivered virtually? #HITsm
T3: What are the main infrastructure barriers to achieving the goal of Virtual Primary Care? And how do we ensure Digital Equity so ALL patient populations can benefit from this expanded access? #HITsm
T4: What remote devices can be used to facilitate elements of a primary care visit? #HITsm
T5: What policy and payment levers need to be in place to facilitate adoption of virtual Wellness Exams and other preventative care and care coordination activities? #HITsm
Bonus: What does a successful VIrtual Primary Care *visit* look like? What would that practice look like in order to be successful? #HITsm
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We look forward to learning from the #HITsm community! As always, let us know if you’d like to host a future #HITsm chat or if you know someone you think we should invite to host.
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