Mercy Virtual is front and center in the latest edition of the Springfield Business Journal. The cover story, “Virtual Visits: Health Care Meets Tech,” hones in on the technology Mercy uses to monitor the sickest five percent of patients in the comfort of their own homes.
“Everything is Bluetooth,” Mark Saxon, executive director of Mercy Virtual ambulatory medicine, told the paper. The technology kits include an iPad, pulse oximeter, scale, blood pressure cuffs, a stylus and instructions. “We can share all labs, all appointments and full education videos.”
The goal of the expanding program is to keep high-risk Mercy patients from making too many hospital visits, in turn improving their quality of life.
Click here to read the story, which also features a Mercy co-worker who oversees the packaging of the Mercy Virtual kits, as well as a Mercy neurologist who walks through another element of Mercy Virtual: telestroke.
Mercy Virtual delivers virtual care services to 600,000 patients across seven states (Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and South Carolina), improving patient outcomes and access, while reducing total cost of care. Often called a “hospital without beds,” Mercy Virtual Care Center operates 24 hours a day and is staffed with more than 300 clinicians.