The benefits of virtual care were already recognised in under-resourced healthcare systems across the world prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Roll-out in most countries remained limited as best practice processes, workflow models, and funding models were being developed.
Now, the pandemic has propelled virtual care into the mainstream, to be experienced by many more people in a much shorter timeframe than expected, but will this permanently shift the culture towards remote healthcare?
There are numerous benefits of virtual care to meet demand for healthcare globally. Convenience of care, increased access, improved worker productivity from not having to take time off to travel to appointments, decreased costs, and clinician time savings to name a few. Pre-COVID-19, virtual care was being rolled out in a limited capacity with the expectation that more understanding was needed as to how to deliver ‘best practice’. Despite some services gaining traction, there was still apprehension with telehealth as to which platforms to use, when to use, and how to use.
Using the Ipsos Digital Doctor 2020 Survey, which tracks primary care physicians’ adoption and perceptions of technology solutions in healthcare across 21 countries, amongst other Ipsos research, this paper looks at what we’ve learnt during the pandemic and what this means for the future of telemedicine.
Improving the care experience of patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond
Jenny Brooks looks at data from a 2020 survey conducted for the Care Quality Commission to understand the inpatient experience of those with Alzheimer’s or dementia during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Future of Fats, Sugar and the Obesity Crisis
This fascinating report looks at expert opinion among regulators, academics, clinicians and food producers, as well as public opinion to chart what may happen next in terms of sugar and fat in our diets, and what it might mean for the obesity crisis. This global study of more than 20,000 people across 30 countries incorporates the expert analysis of 70 healthcare and nutrition experts.
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It can be easy to forget, but the world is facing more than one pandemic. Thirty-nine percent of the global population is overweight. In the UK, that figure is even higher: 67% of adults are overweight. But what makes this crisis so hard to tackle?