Fully PAS / EPR integrated and secure virtual consultations
Virtual Clinics connects clinicians and patients virtually, removing the requirement for patients to attend hospital for their clinic appointment / consultation.
Virtual Clinics is the future-proof virtual consultation solution designed to fully integrate into hospital systems including EPR / PAS and the Intouch Platform, while also being scalable for long-term patient care management.
Enhance existing virtual consultation process with PAS integration
Choose from deploying an entirely new virtual consultation solution, or Virtual Clinics can integrate with many video solution providers already deployed within hospitals.
EPR / PAS integration enables virtual (video and phone) patients to be easily managed alongside patients attending hospital, reducing data duplication, consolidating processes and smoothing patient flow. Integration also enables patients to be connected to their appointment through an automated, authenticated patient check-in process - which includes demographic checks.
Requiring minimal training and set-up time, Virtual Clinics offers an intuitive interface to new users and familiarity for existing users of the Intouch Platform. After patients check-in for their appointment, they are flowed into a virtual waiting room and called for their appointment by the clinician. Clinicians launch the video solution through Flow Manager in just one click.
Phased deployment - a practical approach to integration
Virtual Clinics is deployed in three phases enabling the hospital to realise the benefits of video consultations, while taking a practical approach to resource constraints across the NHS.
PHASE ONE | VIDEO CONSULTATIONS
A video consultation solution from the Intouch eco-system of approved partners is deployed enabling immediate video communication with patients.
PHASE TWO | FULL INTEGRATION
Combines the phase one video solution with hospital systems to create a fully integrated solution. Virtual Clinics can also integrate with many video solution providers if one has already been deployed within the hospital. Integration enables virtual patients to be managed alongside physical patients, consolidating processes, releasing cost savings and supporting scaling to virtual long-term patient care management.
PHASE THREE | LONG-TERM CARE MANAGEMENT
Supports clinicians to manage the ever-increasing population and caseload demands by proactively managing patients in their homes, reducing pressure on front-line clinicians and hospital resources.
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- The video consultation solution is integrated with the hospital EPR / PAS and the Intouch Platform
- Patient authentication is achieved via an automated, integrated check-in process (depending on the video provider)
- The authenticated check-in process protects the service from unauthorised access (depending on the video provider)
- The check-in process flows patients into the appropriate virtual waiting room, signalling to the clinician they are ready for the appointment (depending on the video provider)
- Virtual patients are managed alongside patients attending hospital - from authenticated check-in to digital outcomes
- Virtual Clinics is easily scalable - designed for both rapid deployment and as a long-term care management solution
- A streamlined, three-phased deployment ensures minimal disruption
- Rapid, remote deployment is available (providing the hospital's technical infrastructure meets the minimum requirements)
- No app or software download required for staff or patients (depending on the video provider)
- Intuitive design – minimal training required (mirroring the interfaces patients and clinicians already use if the Intouch Platform is deployed in the hospital)
- Virtual Clinics is future-proof - it uses the latest technology and updates are easily released throughout the Intouch Platform framework
- Manage all patients (virtual and physical) in one integrated platform
- Consolidate processes - reducing data duplication, saving time and releasing cost savings
- Reduces staff and clinic room requirements – no requirement for clinicians to travel to different sites for different clinics
- Clinicians avoid using multiple applications as a result of full integration
- Reduces Did Not Attends (DNA's) due to greater convenience of attending a virtual appointment
- Reduces strain on physical hospital environment
- Supports clinicians manage increasing caseloads by managing patients from their home – including long-term care management
- Provides patients with an improved experience and greater convenience over their appointments
- Reduces requirement for patients to attend hospital to communicate with clinicians
- Reduces travel costs and time as patients can ‘attend’ their appointment from anywhere
- Reduces time off work / extra child care requirements that are often needed to attend hospital
- Patients with long-term care support requirements / mobility issues / limited transportation etc. especially benefit from improved communication lines with clinicians
What makes Virtual Clinics different?
Virtual Clinics is unlike most video consultation solutions as it offers full integration into the hospital’s PAS and the Intouch Platform. This smart integration enables the organisation and users to enjoy the benefits only one central platform can deliver – avoiding multiple separate software systems to facilitate end-to-end patient management.
Virtual Clinics from Intouch with Health is also future proof and easily scalable for long-term care management. Using the latest video technology, future upgrades are easily synced through the Intouch Platform framework and the solution is designed to cope with increase demand as more patients adopt video consultations as their preference for communication with clinicians.
Reduce the cost of over-running clinics
Research from the Royal College of Physicians suggests 57% of outpatient clinics finish late every clinic or at least once a week. Overrun clinics continue to contribute heavily to mounting operating costs and increasing waiting times across the whole NHS. By using Virtual Clinics to reduce the volume of face-to-face appointments and overrun clinics, hospitals can realise significant savings.
Virtual Clinics also supports the NHS Long Term Plan commitment to reduce face-to-face outpatient appointments by up to a third over the next five years, potentially saving the NHS more than £1 billion a year.
How does Virtual Clinics work for clinicians?
- Clinician uses Flow Manager to view their full clinic list – whether face-to-face or virtual.
- If virtual, the clinician clicks the new Virtual Clinic icon on the dashboard (at the appointment time) which launches the video application and the video consultation begins.
- On completion, the clinician ends the call and completes their notes on EPR / PAS.
How does Virtual Clinics work for patients?
- Patient receives communication from hospital with URL and agreed appointment time.
- For the first appointment, the patient is requested to attend 5 / 10 minutes early for set-up tests (broadband, camera, speaker and microphone) via our service.
- Once checked-in, the patient enters the virtual waiting room, waiting to be called forward by the clinician to begin the virtual consultation.
- At the end of the appointment, the clinician will update patient on the next steps, then end the call.
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