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CRN Exclusive: WWT Teams Up With Cisco To Offer IoT Prescription For Virtual Hospital

Cisco and World Wide Technology have teamed up to create an IoT solution for healthcare organization Mercy Virtual -- the first completely virtual hospital.

Posted by CRN on June 7, 2017:

Cisco, World Wide Technology and WWT's Application Services group have teamed up to create an IoT solution for healthcare organization Mercy Virtual -- the first ever completely virtual hospital.

Mercy Virtual, which delivers telehealth services, approached World Wide Technology and Cisco with a problem -- they wanted a way to reach more patients in more locations, from those in rural cooperative hospitals across the country to bed-bound patients in their homes.

"We sat down with Mercy and found that their mission is about delivering outcomes and reaching folks that need their care," said Tom Johnson, managing consultant for healthcare and higher education at World Wide Technology. "Mercy wanted to reach those areas where they don't have large enough hospitals, but a population that still needs to be served. With the emergence of IoT and available sensors, the technology is there today to start delivering innovative solutions for healthcare."

Since the seeds of the project were first planted around five years ago, the team has worked together to design a solution that used digital tools to provide expert medical teams with an enhanced view of their patients, regardless of the location.

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