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USC Picks Eight Partners for its Virtual Care Clinic

January 27, 2016
by Rajiv Leventhal
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The University of Southern California (USC) has announced eight partners for its Virtual Care Clinic (VCC), a digital healthcare model does not require patient or care providers to be present in the same place.

USC’s Center for Body Computing (CBC), the digital health innovation accelerator for the Keck Medicine of USC medical enterprise, invited the following partners to establish its VCC ecosystem: Doctor Evidence, IMS Health, Karten Design, Medable, Planet Grande, Proteus Digital Health and VSP Global. The VCC extends Keck Medicine of USC experts to anyone with a smartphone by harnessing technologies and solutions developed at the USC Institute of Creative Technologies (ICT) in Playa Vista, the heart of Los Angeles' digital zone known as Silicon Beach.

Using mobile apps, "virtual doctors," data collection and analysis systems, diagnostic and wearable sensors coupled with experiential design and engaging, patient health information, the VCC delivers wireless, on-demand access to Keck Medicine of USC experts while doctors go beyond telemedicine models for remote management and care of patients regardless of location.

"Our Virtual Care Clinic is not only the democratization of healthcare allowing anyone access to our medical experts without leaving their home, but it also capitalizes on the promise that digital health is supposed to offer," Leslie Saxon, M.D., said in a press release statement. "Because we have worked in collaboration with our VCC partners and our medical experts, this healthcare model will empower patients, improve quality outcomes with more precision medicine analytics and diagnosis, and enhance the physician-patient relationship by creating a contextualized experience and seamless communication that puts the patient in the driver seat of their own healthcare experience and outcomes."

Tom Jackiewicz, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Keck Medicine of USC, added “University-based medical centers like ours are natural sources of healthcare innovation given the focus on basic science, clinical and translational research. 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.  Innovative patient care models such as our VCC will create operational efficiencies and cost-savings allowing us to refocus resources back into more innovation and constantly improve the patient experience. This is redefining medical care."

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