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Jun 20, 2021

Podcast: Beyond hospital walls - the shift to virtual healthcare

Shehaan Fernando, Philips Regional Director of Virtual Care, joins Rebecca McBeth, HiNZ News Editor and host of eHealthTALK NZ Podcast to discuss the Future Health Index 2021 report and how extending care beyond hospital walls through virtual healthcare models can improve patient outcomes and contribute to health system resilience and sustainability.

The Future Health Index 2021 report highlights a growing focus on delivering innovative care solutions. The global COVID-19 pandemic has helped redefine where and how care can take place. Nearly a quarter (24%) of healthcare leaders anticipate that three years from now, routine care delivery will take place outside of the walls of a traditional healthcare facility

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Tele-ICUs are great example of how telehealth can extend the line of sight of physicians outside of the hospital. Prior to the pandemic, tele-ICUs demonstrated their value in addressing staff shortages. For example, through a cross-continental tele-ICU collaboration, critical care teams in Australia can keep an eye on patients in a US hospital to reduce the burden of traditional night shift work. With COVID-19 primed to leave a lasting mark on healthcare delivery, the next few years will likely see further expansion of tele-ICU programs around the world.


Remote patient monitoring with the use of wearable biosensors is also becoming more common. The ability to monitor patients from low-acuity settings in the hospital all the way into their homes presents clear benefits from increased comfort for the patient, reduced cost of care, and an opportunity to act on patient deterioration earlier in order to prevent avoidable hospital readmissions.


Healthcare does not need to be defined by the walls in which it takes place. Through effective data integration, AI-enabled clinical decision support tools, and wearables, the physical proximity between the Healthcare consumer and their provider is no longer a limiting factor for high quality care. 

About eHealthTALK NZ Podcast

The eHealthTALK NZ Podcast is powered by Health Informatics New Zealand and covers news and interviews on data and digital health and Hosted by editor Rebecca McBeth.

About Royal Philips

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a leading health technology company focused on improving people's health and enabling better outcomes across the health continuum from healthy living and prevention, to diagnosis, treatment and home care. Philips leverages advanced technology and deep clinical and consumer insights to deliver integrated solutions. Headquartered in the Netherlands, the company is a leader in diagnostic imaging, image-guided therapy, patient monitoring and health informatics, as well as in consumer health and home care. Philips generated 2018 sales of EUR 18.1 billion and employs approximately 78,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. News about Philips can be found at

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