As our founder Dr. Waqas Ahmed put it— In healthcare delivery, there are three fundamental principles that are universally applicable:
1) The primary focus of healthcare is to solve patients’ problems, regardless of the clinical setting.
2) Successful healthcare delivery requires coordination among various service providers, including doctors, ancillary services, pharmacies, payers, and others.
3) The majority of healthcare delivery occurs at the local level.
Keeping this in mind, American TelePhysicians takes a patient-centered approach to healthcare by creating customized digital and virtual healthcare ecosystems that integrate various pillars of healthcare services, both local and remote. Our goal is to deliver affordable care to patients’ doorsteps, taking into account the unique challenges presented by different clinical and socioeconomic settings, such as outpatient versus inpatient, rural versus urban, and insured versus uninsured.
Recently, ATP also had the opportunity to present our concept of online healthcare ecosystems, which are our versions of an online campus model for universities, at a United Nations event. The panelists shared their impressive work in various settings and the incredible meeting was hosted by Ameena Mohyuddin Zia, Ph.D. We believe that by leveraging technology and adopting a patient-centric approach, we can improve healthcare access and delivery and achieve better outcomes for patients.
Online healthcare ecosystems are becoming increasingly important for hospitals as they strive to provide patients with comprehensive, high-quality care while also improving efficiency and reducing costs. These ecosystems, also known as virtual care platforms, integrate various pillars of healthcare services, both local and remote, to create a seamless and patient-centric healthcare experience.
One of the main benefits of online healthcare ecosystems is that they enable hospitals to reach more patients and expand their service offerings without the need for physical expansion. For example, a hospital in a rural area can use a virtual care platform to connect patients with specialists in urban areas, providing access to the same level of care as patients in more populated regions. Online healthcare ecosystems also promote care coordination and continuity, which are critical for improving patient outcomes. With these platforms, hospitals can easily share patient information with other healthcare providers, reducing the risk of duplicative or conflicting care. This can lead to better outcomes, fewer hospital readmissions, and improved patient satisfaction.
Moreover, online healthcare ecosystems can help hospitals to reduce costs by improving efficiency and streamlining workflows. For example, hospitals can use virtual care platforms to provide remote patient monitoring, reducing the need for frequent in-person visits and enabling early intervention when issues arise. This can lead to lower costs for both patients and hospitals, while also improving patient outcomes.