What does the future look like in healthcare? I think we got a sneak peek last month. All across the nation, clinics worked furiously to roll out telehealth capabilities as clinic schedules slowed and patients stayed home to wait out the risks of the coronavirus disease commonly referred to as COVID-19. The technology has been around for several years, but adaptation was slow…until now. Facing the uncertainties of person to person contact, and mandated seclusion for many, the healthcare industry rapidly shifted care delivery to make virtual primary care widely available.
How does that impact Faith Community Health? We have a high concentration of patients with multiple chronic illnesses who are more vulnerable than most. Despite all the precautions we have taken to mitigate risk in our clinic, at-risk patients may be reluctant to have a medical visit. But care needs don’t go away. Prescriptions need to be renewed. Follow up care is required. Our patients are perhaps more in need of telehealth services than others, but how can a small charitable clinic access the resources to serve our patients with the latest technology?
We are excited to be working on a primary care telehealth solution that will enable us to address a variety of patient needs remotely. FAiTH has partnered with Updox to provide virtual healthcare for our patients. At the same time, we are transitioning to a new practice management and electronic health records platform that will integrate with Updox to enable our staff and providers to communicate directly with patients. We will have capabilities like secure text messaging, following up on pharmaceutical needs, and providing direct patient care via a smartphone, tablet, or laptop. It’s not the right solution for everyone but can make a big difference for select patients.
We are actively seeking grant funding to help make this a reality. Donors will also recognize the big step forward this represents for FAiTH. We are not only improving our ability to care for patients effectively, but also improving staff productivity and capability with new tools and integrated platforms for carrying out our work.
In a world revolving around COVID concerns, this will place FAiTH in a strong position to respond to the growing volume of medical needs for people who have lost employment and for those who have lost health insurance. Now more than ever, we are in a position to make an impact in the lives of so many in our communities who have no other access to affordable healthcare. Thank you for caring. Thank you for helping us meet the needs. Together, we are creating a network of care in Ozark Mountain Country. #Hope4Health – it’s not just a hashtag.
We are a privately funded charitable clinic. It’s the gifts of $5, $10, $40 or more, and monthly partnerships that have made Faith Community Health a beacon of health and hope to our neighbors! Thank you.
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