Virtual Health – A Bridge Over Troubled Waters
Jack Plotkin is the Chief Technology Officer for Virtual Health. Virtual Health is a care coordination platform. It is a bridge between the health data that is collected remotely and the persons electronic medical record, (EMR). This bridge is necessary because there is a divide between the two.
Telehealth is making remote health care possible. Unfortunately, remote healthcare is not being viewed by the necessary healthcare providers in a timely fashion for maximum benefit to the patient.
For example, an elderly patient is being monitored in their nursing home using the technology of telehealth. Blood pressure information is taken regularly and then transported to their doctor. Their doctor can see if there’s a change in pressure which may warrant a doctor visit or a change in medication. This is how telehealth is supposed to work.
Unfortunately, it does not always work this way. The elderly patient’s blood pressure would be recorded but then it would not be seen by the patient’s doctor via telehealth as telehealth is delivered today. The patient’s EMR is contained an isolated landlocked silo. As a result, the patient’s current BP information is not automatically married to the patients EMR.
Jack Plotkin, Putting All the Pieces Together
Jack Plotkin and Virtual Health has found a way to integrate the information so that the patient can be monitored remotely and still have access to his doctor when needed. It is not always convenient to move an elderly patient unnecessarily. Unfortunately, the divide is when the information cannot be effectively combined with the patient’s EMR. As a result, information is being missed and patients are not receiving optimal care.
Virtual Health is a leader in this data aggregation and analysis coordination. Jack Plotkin is making certain it all comes together. What is needed next is to have this cutting-edge technology expand to the point where telehealth is accessible and feasible for everyone.