Going beyond telemedicine: USC picks eight partners for Virtual Care Clinic

Partners include: USC Institute of Creative Technologies, Doctor Evidence, IMS Health, among others

The University of Southern California has picked eight partners to participate in its Virtual Care Clinic.

Through the clinic, Keck Medicine of USC experts are available to patients through remote means, going beyond telemedicine models by using data collection systems, diagnostic and wearable sensors and more, according to an announcement.

The partners include: USC Institute of Creative Technologies, Doctor Evidence, IMS Health, Karten Design, Medable, Planet Grande, Proteus Digital Health and VSP Global.

"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., executive director for the USC Center for Body Computing, said in the announcement.

In addition, Tom Jackiewicz, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Keck Medicine of USC, said the partnerships are important because collaboration with the private sector is needed to "achieve truly transformational medicine."

USC will begin the enterprise in the next few months by offering access to experts at its Eye Institute and Institute of Urology.

The remote patient monitoring market in the U.S. is expected to grow roughly 13.2 percent per year through 2020, according analysis from Frost & Sullivan. Frost & Sullivan Principal Analyst Victor Camlek said now is an "opportune time" for remote patient monitoring to succeed.

To learn more:
- here's the announcement

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