How do we take telemedicine where it has never gone before?

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Challenge award: $5,000

Challenge award: $5,000


This challenge is tied to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals:


This challenge is tied to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals:

Background

COVID-19 pandemic has caused a tremendous increase in adoption and utilization of telemedicine and virtual care. Many providers were forced to adapt due to social distancing measures, only to realize that they can be just as effective using virtual modality. A growing number of patients no longer believe that physical presence is required to get great care.

Virtual care modalities available to practitioners and patients are quite varied and include: chat, chatbots, photos, document exchange, live video, recorded video, voice, mobile apps, augmented reality apps, wearables, consumer medical devices and experiences where several modalities are integrated together.

The shift towards virtual care is very broad, but the adoption is uneven across various health and wellness specialties. This is driven by the following factors:

  • Some specialties were traditionally considered difficult to move to virtual due to the need of physical examination of the patient.
  • Other specialties rely on tried-and-true processes for care provision. These processes were designed before the advent of virtual care and are incompatible with virtual care modalities.
  • There isn’t enough information on the safety or efficacy of using virtual care to provide a specific care, making practitioner uneasy to use this modality.

In the context of Cooperathon 2020, Dialogue – Canada’s Leading Telemedicine Provider – is looking for:

Ground-breaking solutions to help move one or more healthcare specialties onto virtual modality. To address this challenge, the team would need to find specific barriers that prevent practitioners to move a specific specialty to virtual. Then, think creatively about how to overcome these barriers.

The solution can take many forms. Here are few examples:

  • A novel method to provide specialized care, adapted to a virtual modality. Example: Surgery. Is it possible to replace pre-op and post-op encounters with virtual interactions?
  • Redesigned care pathway for a specific condition that replaces physical encounters with virtual interactions. Example: physical rehabilitation. Is it possible to provide physical training for rehab patients, via virtual interaction?
  • A system specifically designed to diagnose or treat a specific condition. Example: orthopedics. Is it possible to devise a new way to diagnose a patient without a physical exam?
  • A medical study showing safety and efficacy of providing specialized care via virtual modality. Example: Is it possible to collect representative data on endocrinologists using virtual care to show what part of their care pathways can be done via virtual modality.

Special selection criteria additional to the Cooperathon’s ones:

Dialogue will consider the following criteria as we evaluate the participants

  • Safety. Is the solution you’re proposing is inherently as safe or safer than physical alternatives?
  • Efficacy. Is the solution medically effective?
  • Patient experience. How well is the patient experience designed? How easy it is to adopt and use?
  • Provider experience. How well is the provider experience designed? How easy it is to adopt and use.
  • Innovation. How innovative is your solution?
  • Commercial potential. What is the commercial potential of your solution?

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