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Research Triangle, NC — May 14, 2020 — Today, Lenovo™ (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY), a global leader in providing advanced technologies for the healthcare industry, introduces a portfolio of virtualization solutions designed to enhance patient care. With surging hospital visits and exhausting supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE), the COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating the need for intelligent transformation in healthcare.

Demand for virtualized access for patients, health data, and patient-to-provider communications will persist as healthcare systems transform to meet the evolving demands of patients, providers, and payers. Lenovo's remains committed to building innovative devices and solutions that support and adapt to the changing healthcare landscape.

Virtual Care – Personalized Care for Chronic Disease

Lenovo Virtual Care is a full patient-to-provider solution designed to remotely monitor, guide and educate patients with various chronic health conditions. Created in partnership with Vianova Health, the Lenovo solution combines Lenovo hardware with advanced biometric devices and an AI-powered virtual nurse to coach patients through their individualized care plan and drive better overall outcomes. Remote intervention has been shown to improve medication adherence, reduce emergency department visits, and reduce readmissions.

Research has shown that consistent use of at-home healthcare solutions can help to significantly improve a patient's condition, with one large healthcare institution reporting that the virtual care solution has reduced patient readmission by 18 percent. The same institution also reports that diabetes patients using the virtual care solution achieved blood sugar targets four weeks sooner than patients who only received phone-based care.

"As the healthcare industry continues to explore new ways to deliver more cost-efficient and high-quality care outside of hospitals and doctors' offices, we're launching the Lenovo Virtual Care solution to assist physicians and their teams in providing more personalized care to their patients," said Ed Gillispie, Vice President, North America Public Sector and Healthcare, Lenovo. "Our partnership with Vianova Health enables Lenovo to offer this first-of-its-kind virtual care solution to empower doctors to proactively manage chronic conditions, improve patient quality of life and reduce healthcare costs."

As demand for virtual care platforms continues to grow, healthcare systems need a reliable technology partner who can deliver these cutting-edge solutions at scale. "Lenovo is a proven global technology leader – ranking as the world’s largest PC manufacturer and number one provider of Top500 supercomputers," a company news release stated. "With its robust global supply chain, the company is uniquely positioned to produce, service and refurbish virtual care solutions quickly and efficiently. Providers can be reassured they will have the maintenance and logistics services for deploying a solution this complex across their systems."

With the growing demand for at-home care, Lenovo Virtual Care provides both physicians and patients with the most innovative technology for the highest level of care. Key benefits to virtual care include improved patient outcomes, patient satisfaction, cost savings and higher Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reimbursements rates for physicians for providing value-based care.

Pricing and availability

The virtual care solution is being launched in the United States, with plans to offer in additional geographies at a later date. Monthly service fees - charged to the providers - include the back-end software to administer the care plan and monitor patient biometric data for an average of $80 per patient per month, only a fraction of the available reimbursements.

Enterprise-ready, the Lenovo Healthcare virtualization solution portfolio is easy to manage remotely by health system IT departments. The solutions are supported by Lenovo Services and its Integrated Solution Support team, which manage deployment and provide ongoing technical support.
In addition to meeting the needs of the modern remote healthcare work force, these solutions are designed to improve the safety of patients and providers, improve access to care, and improve the quality of care to help manage the near-term pandemic environment and well beyond.

©2020 by Rowan Consulting Associates, Inc., Colorado Springs, CO. This article originally appeared in Home Care Technology: The Rowan Report. Click here to subscribe. It may be freely reproduced provided this copyright statement remains intact.