USC Announces Strategic Partners For Virtual Care Clinic


In October 2015 at its annual USC Body Computing Conference, University of Southern California leaders unveiled their latest digital health initiative, a virtual care clinic that will expand patient access to USC’s care delivery system while simultaneously acting as a digital health innovation lab and accelerator program where telehealth-focused technology will be developed to move the patient encounter out of the office and onto the computer. “Be prepared for hologram house calls,” said Leslie Saxon, MD, a cardiologist and founder of the USC Center for Body Computing. Saxon then went on to demonstrate hologram-based patient visit technology as well as virtual reality-based approaches to treatment.

Now,  USC’s Center for Body Computing is announcing eight strategic partners that will join the Virtual Care Clinic program in its effort to virtualize care delivery. Alongside engineers working from the USC Institute of Creative Technologies, teams from Doctor Evidence, IMS Health, Karten Design, Medable, Planet Grande, Proteus Digital Health, and VSP Global will work to integrate various new technologies into the Virtual Care Clinic technology infrastructure. The group will work together to create a platform that physicians working within Keck Medicine of USC can use to deliver remote care. Kern’s ophthalmology group, which is ranked ninth nationally for ophthalmologic services, will be the first to go live on the platform.

Doctor Evidence is a precision medicine vendor that searches through vast databases of medical research and presents physicians with pertinent, patient-specific articles to help create evidence-based treatment plans.

IMS Health, the largest vendor of prescribing data in the US, will integrate its AppScript platform for the Virtual Care Clinic. AppScript is a platform that analyzes and ranks mHealth apps, and then helps providers prescribe them and track usage among their patients.

Karten Design is a product design consulting firm that focuses on making devices and software beautiful and easy for end users to engage with. Karten will work with the VCC team to ensure that final products are well designed for both clinical staff and patients.

Meadable is a cloud platform that provides a HIPAA-compliant environment for building healthcare applications. It also offers extensive back-end analytics capabilities.

Planet Grande is an Emmy Award-winning video production company that will take its experience in Hollywood to the task of creating engaging patient education videos.

Proteus Digital Health is a digital medicine vendor that is working to integrate sensors directly into pills so that medication adherence can be tracked passively as patients are at home managing their chronic diseases.

VPS Global is an ophthalmology company that offers vision insurance, ophthalmology offices, and retail glasses outlets. It also manages an innovation lab where researchers are working on incorporating traditional fitness tracker components, like step counters, into eyeglass frames.

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