MedTech Breakthrough Awards Align Technology “Best Virtual Care Platform”
Independent market intelligence organisation MedTech Breakthrough’s Annual Awards “Recognise outstanding health & medical technology products and companies in the global market. Align Technology, has announced that its Invisalign Virtual Care innovation has been selected as the winner of the ‘Best Virtual Care Platform’ award in the fifth annual awards.
The Invisalign Virtual Care solution enables remote communication between Invisalign providing dental professionals and their patients in order to track treatment progress.
Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, many Invisalign providers around the world pieced together video calls, texts, and patient-submitted photos through a variety of platforms to help monitor patient progress, reduce in-office appointments, and ensure continuity of patient care during treatment.
In response, Align Technology launched a set of digital tools to support the Invisalign professionals. These solutions included the Invisalign Virtual Care and Invisalign Virtual Appointment tools that were built into the My Invisalign App.
Invisalign Virtual Care can be used for remote consultations, assessment of treatment progress, and to communicate adjustments or concerns during treatment. Patients use the intuitive My Invisalign App to stay engaged in their treatment and convey progress photos to their dentist, who reviews these photos on their Invisalign Doctor Site and communicates any necessary instructions to the patient during their Invisalign treatment journey.
Raj Pudipeddi, chief innovation, product, and marketing officer and senior vice president, Align Technology, explained: “The combined features of Invisalign Virtual Care mean less time spent in the treatment chair, and represent the next level in practice and care transformation, enabling dental professionals to remotely manage a range of practice services.
“Customer feedback to date has been overwhelmingly positive and using Invisalign Virtual Care has proved to be a huge benefit, as many dentists and orthodontists are embracing digital treatment in new ways – and more purposefully than ever before.
“Winning this award from MedTech Breakthrough is a great honour and we are thrilled to be listed among the many other innovative winners this year.”
The MedTech Breakthrough Awards were devised to honour excellence and recognise the innovation, hard work and success in a range of health and medical technology categories, including Robotics, Clinical Administration, Telehealth, Patient Engagement, Electronic Health Records (EHR), mHealth, Medical Devices, Medical Data and many more.
James Johnson, managing director, MedTech Breakthrough, took up the thread: “This year’s programme attracted more than 3,850 nominations from over 17 countries around the globe. Invisalign Virtual Care provides patients with seamless, personalised experiences that improve the customer journey, while also enabling revenue growth for doctors.
“It is clear that responsible virtual care represents a significant component of healthcare moving forward, and Align is a leading innovator in this sector. We offer our sincere congratulations to the entire Align Technology team on a well-deserved 2021 MedTech Breakthrough Award win.”
Raj Pudipeddi added: “Invisalign Virtual Care launched in March 2020 and is now available in more than 54 countries worldwide. These tools have become integral to Invisalign provider practices, enhancing their ability to communicate with existing patients and provide continuous care.”