Imprivata GroundControl: Facilitating increased demand for telehealth and virtual care, on-site

Dr. Sean Kelly
Apr 08, 2020

Telehealth lets hospitals limit physical provider contact with COVID-19 patients, while still allowing for high quality virtual care – a critical element in reducing exposure and flattening the curve. This saves resources and clinician time as they work to keep up with new patient inflow. Imprivata is helping hospitals use iPads to conduct on-site telehealth sessions and manage interactions with patients kept in isolation.

Here’s how it works: Upon check-in to isolation units, patients receive an iPad so clinicians can conduct video check-ins. Each patient iPad must have a unique sign-on for in-patient telehealth consults – but this must be accomplished as hands-off as possible. 

By using Imprivata GroundControl, complete lifecycle management for shared mobile devices, hospitals can quickly batch provision devices tailored toward patient use. In addition to automatically managing the provisioning, Imprivata GroundControl lets hospitals “digitally sanitize” shared iOS device to ensure patient privacy and HIPAA Compliance.

Telehealth consults help hospitals minimize in-person interactions between care providers and infected patients, while still recouping some revenue capture, and maximizing quality of care, safety and satisfaction. This makes for better communication between providers and patients, and limits exposure and spread of the virus.

It also saves on two critically scarce COVID-19 resources: clinician time/safety and personal protective equipment (PPE). By reducing the number of in-person visits, clinicians don’t have to repeatedly don and doff PPE – which takes time and adds contamination risk every time.

Imprivata GroundControl lets hospitals automatically manage the provisioning, digital security, and privacy settings of every shared iOS device put into use.

With hospitals working to limit spread of infections and conserve PPE, this is one more way Imprivata is working to help our partners provide the best possible patient care.