One university medical center is delivering on its promise to take health care out of the office and into the homes of patients around the world.
In a release last week, the USC Center for Body Computing announced its Virtual Care Clinic along with its eight partners that will help to deliver wireless on-demand health care to anyone with a smartphone. The VCC ecosystem uses mobile apps, “virtual doctors,” data collection and analysis systems, diagnostic and wearable sensors paired with experiential design and engaging, expert patient health information to connect users with Keck Medicine of USC experts.
“University-based medical centers like ours are natural sources of health care innovation, given the focus on basic science, clinical and translational research,” said Tom Jackiewicz, senior vice president and CEO of Keck Medicine of USC, in a press release. “But to achieve truly transformational medicine, we have to collaborate with the private sector, particularly the digital health and technology companies like our VCC partners."
The USC CBC will be partnering not only with the USC Institute of Creative Technologies, but eight private-sector firms central to establishing the VCC ecosystem: Doctor Evidence, IMS Health, Karten Design, Medable, Planet Grande, Proteus Digital Health and VSP Global.
The VCC initially will offer access to its experts at the USC Eye Institute and the USC Institute of Urology, a worldwide leader in robotic cancer surgery for bladder, prostate and kidney cancer. Eventually, each of the 1,500 faculty and physician experts at Keck Medicine will be involved in the VCC ecosystem.