In Italy, a new remote care opportunity for more vulnerable people arises.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded $1.8 million to the healthcare group UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center), which will develop a telemedicine platform in the country.
The platform will serve the most vulnerable populations with an and easy-to-use tool, leveraging on the best available remote care technology. It will reduce congestion in health care facilities, which is a great risk factor for COVID-19. Furthermore, more vulnerable patients will no longer have to suspend treatments or postpone important visits.
The key features of the telemedicine platform being developed by UPMC are:
- tele-visits between health care providers and patients with chronic diseases;
- monitoring of patients in waiting lists for health care facilities or nursing homes;
- video consultations between doctors from different facilities;
- monitoring of volunteers who are trialing or taking a COVID-19 vaccine.
The service will also include training sessions for health care providers. The technology will be rolled out starting in the first six months of 2021.
Read the full press release on the UPMC website.