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Virtual health: Neither snow, nor rain, nor distance are barriers to high-quality health care

by Ken Abrams, MD, MBA, Managing Director, National Chief Physician Executive, Deloitte Consulting LLP

The tiny town of Cicely, Alaska, has a health care access problem similar to other communities in remote, sparsely populated locations—it lacks a physician to treat the residents, and the nearest hospital is a 200-mile plane ride away. One day, recently graduated New York City physician Joel Fleischman, M.D.—who intends to practice medicine at a large Anchorage hospital to repay the state for underwriting his education—is assigned to be Cicely’s new general practitioner.

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Robotics process automation could help health care organizations trim costs, improve competitive positioning

by David Yarin, Principal, Deloitte & Touche LLP

Minutes after my son’s high school baseball game ends, or after my daughter’s soccer team trots off the field, a brief news article about the game pops up on my phone. These articles typically have a punchy headline and include highlights from a game that ended minutes earlier. But these articles aren’t written by sports reporters sitting in the stands.

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From center ice to the operating room: AR/VR technologies could transform consumer, clinician, and patient experiences

by Shantaram (Shaun) Rangappa, MD, MSHA, Managing Director, Deloitte Consulting LLP

I live outside of Washington, D.C., and I was thrilled to see the Washington Capitals advance to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in 20 years. I always enjoy watching sports on TV, but the experience has changed little since sports became televised. Now imagine donning an immersive experience headset and watching a championship game from center ice…with players gliding all around you.

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Blockchain could help improve physician directories, but trust among health plans likely must come first

by Bobby Vaitla, Senior Manager, Deloitte Consulting LLP

The health care industry spends an estimated $2.1 billion a year to maintain physician data.1 Despite this substantial annual investment, physician directories are often inaccurate.

Some health plans are exploring blockchain as a possible technology that could solve this problem. While I agree that blockchain holds tremendous potential to improve the accuracy of directory data,

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Once a vision for the future, virtual health is a reality of the present

by Steve Burrill, Vice Chairman, US Health Care Leader, Deloitte LLP

Virtual health stretches beyond the use of digital tools, or mobile devices that connect patients to physicians. It combines digital and telecommunication technologies to create a continuous connection between patients, physicians, and other caregivers. By combining technologies, health care stakeholders are able to more effectively coordinate patient care.

The idea of virtual health goes back decades.

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Technology and culture could expand roles for women working in hospitals

by Terri Cooper, PhD, Principal, Global Health Care Sector Leader, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Health care is an exciting and dynamic field—it is why I’ve been focused on it my entire career. The health care sector is on the cusp of incredible change, where everyone from executives to hourly employees could be impacted. This transition will likely be driven by two emerging, but powerful forces:

  • Inclusion: In an inclusive environment,
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