Virginia Cardiovascular Specialists (VCS), a private cardiology practice in the US state of Virginia, has implemented NextGen Virtual Visits to expand care and treatment to patients for non-urgent visits that were disrupted by Covid-19 pandemic.

Following a short deployment, NextGen Healhcare’s integrated telehealth solution allowed the cardiovascular group to resume routine appointments after in-person visits declined due to the global pandemic.

The solution, a part of NextGen Enterprise, was deployed at the practice’s eight locations across Virginia.

Through virtual visits, VCS physicians could review present cardiac issues or problems, answer queries, manage and refill medications, conduct a follow-up on recent procedures, share lab or test results and educate patients.

VCS assistant administrator Patrick Toomey said: “NextGen Virtual Visits integration was seamless, and our patients were using the technology within days and doctors were able to document health information quickly within their current workflow.

“This platform enables our cardiologists to continue vital patient care, which potentially saves lives.”

NextGen Healthcare chief solutions officer John Beck said: “Specialty practices such as VCS are successfully using our telehealth solution to not only maintain their patient volume during this health crisis, but also improve patient outcomes and experience.

“As considerable risk and uncertainty with COVID-19 persists, many cardiac patients depend on virtual visits to more safely engage their providers and care teams.”

As per the American Telemedicine Association (ATA), only 2% of all ambulatory outpatient visits were carried out through telehealth  before the pandemic.

Going forward, the ATA estimates 60% of ambulatory care to be delivered remotely.