During the past few months, our lives took a drastic change. We went from socializing in person to socializing virtually.
Just as the business industry is adapting to working from home. The health care industry is adapting to telemedicine.
This wound care specialty group in South Florida was years ahead in telehealth.
“It started 20 years ago by Dr. Ameet Vohra in Miami as a part of his practice. He started working after his residency in a wound care clinic. And he saw the need for patients not in a wound care clinic but where they came from, which was often the nursing homes. So, he went to where they were. He went to their nursing homes, took care of them bedside. And in the process he found that he can provide great care without having to go to an outpatient hospital. And as would happen, the patients realize the benefit and the administrators in the nursing home saw the benefits, they asked him to come to more nursing homes. From one nursing home in Miami it grew to 27 states and about 2,800 nursing homes around the country,’ says John Sory, President of Vohra Wound Physicians.
Vohra wound physicians offers clinical services that includes physician consultations to diagnose and provide treatment recommendations for all types of wounds. With the stay at home order put to effect months ago, the need for patient care increased.
“We went from doing a few hundred telemedicine visits in a month to doing thousands of telemedicine visits in a month. I believe our increase was somewhere in the range of 6,000 to 8,000 increase. It really showed us, we can deliver care to patients without them having to be transported to a facility somewhere. We can do it via telemedicine,” Stated Dr. Shark Bird, Chief Medical Officer, Vohra Wound Physicians.
And as covid cases are still surging, Dr. Bird believes that telemedicine is here to stay for the long haul.
“One of the things that we found with wound care is if by having a physician-led wound care expert taking care of the patient, there is on average a 21-day reduction in healing time. And one top of that, there’s over an 80% reduction in re-hospitalizations, amputations and infections. So as a payer, an insurance company, I wouldn’t want that patient to end up with an infection and go back to the hospital. If I can get a wound specialist to come into the home and see that patient via telemedicine provide the appropriate care then, not only would it be better for the patient but it’s going to be better for our health care system,” Stated Dr. Bird
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