In response to consumer demands for simple, affordable service, Jefferson Health—a health system in the Philadelphia region that includes 14 hospitals—is building a value-based care business model through a robust telehealth program that spans the care continuum from specialty consults and virtual rounds, to post-discharge management and urgent care visits. Learn more about the JeffConnect program in this article.
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Extended hours and same-day appointments are fine, but not nearly enough to give today's consumers the convenience and access they desire. "What people really want is on-demand access," says David James, MD, CEO of Memorial Hermann Medical Group in Houston. "…They just need to get things done, and time has become really important for them."
Imagine a world where your smart phone — and a nurse connected to it — can determine the level of care you need for a health concern before ever leaving the house. Or envision an urgent care visit where, upon your arrival, you are registered in the time it takes to walk to the exam room and are out the door in less than an hour.