Elderly Virtual Care Management
Virtual care management is a medical method that enables patients or institutions to conduct real-time face-to-face audio or video calls with medical service providers through computer technology to diagnose and treat patients in areas with poor medical conditions from a distance.
What constitutes virtual care management?
Virtual care management includes three parts: front-end patients or medical institutions, mid-end digital medical equipment and digital medical information systems, and back-end medical institutions. With the development and progress of mobile Internet and digital imaging equipment, commercial companies can play an increasingly large role in the mid-end. With the strong support of government policies, the demand space for digital medical information technology will gradually increase.
Virtual care management can provide better and more convenient medical services for patients, especially in places where medical resources are scarce. Due to the extremely uneven distribution of medical resources, the government has been giving policy support to virtual care management. In the 1990s, the government promoted the construction of a telemedicine system centered on Beijing and Shanghai that gradually covered the whole country in public hospitals. positive effect.
After the government organized and implemented the construction of two regional Virtual care management pilot projects, a number of general hospitals were the center, covering provincial-level tertiary-level general hospitals and county-level hospitals in various provinces and cities.
The Planning and Information Department of the Health and Family Planning Commission and the Statistical Information Center organized experts to study and compile the “Technical Guidelines for the Construction of Telemedicine Information System”, which provides more normative guidelines for the implementers of the Virtual care management information system.
Traditional digital medical systems include HIS (Hospital Information Management System), PACS (Medical Image Archiving and Communication System), RIS (Radiology Information System), and EMR (Electronic Medical Record System).
Telemedicine is a comprehensive platform built on all systems. Data shows that the total investment and financing of the global digital medical industry is very high. Since 2014, digital medical has entered a period of rapid growth, and the number of investment and financing is huge.
China’s digital medical care is still in its infancy, and the number of financings and the amount of financing continue to rise, but most of them are in the angel round or A round stage. The investment and financing of digital medical care in the direction of telemedicine needs to pay attention to the following aspects:
Insufficient enthusiasm for front-end medical institutions to participate
Although supported by government policies, the fact is that after primary medical institutions purchase software, the frequency of use is not high, and the system is useless.
The electronic medical record system of medical institutions is not perfect
The interfaces between the HIS and PACS systems of various hospitals are different, and it is not easy to transfer patient medical records. In addition, many grass-roots hospitals have not realized electronic medical records, and still mainly use paper medical records.
Virtual care management Excessive cost
Hospital digital medical equipment is mainly imported, which is expensive and requires training of full-time personnel. Telemedicine needs the support of highly digital equipment. However, the lack of profitability of grassroots hospitals and the lack of government investment make it difficult to solve the problem in the short term.
The enthusiasm for participating in health insurance is not high
Virtual care management is not included in the scope of reimbursement, and there is no unified standard for telemedicine pricing. Telemedicine is still mainly paid by the patient, and the payer of the digital medical information system is mainly purchased by the hospital.