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Faster Pace for Corporate Investments and Behavioral Health in COVID-Driven Digital Health Era

Health Populi

The pace of digital health investments quickened in the first half of 2020, based on Rock Health’s look at health-tech financing in mid-year. Digital health companies garnered $5.4 billion in the first half of the year, record-setting according to Rock Health.

Beyond Care and Outcomes, Hospitals Must Deliver on Civics, Inclusivity, Equity, and Value – Lown Institute’s Best Hospitals

Health Populi

The core business of hospitals is patient care, often baked with teaching and research. But wait — there’s more, asserts the Lown Institute in their approach to ranking America’s Best Hospitals in 2020.

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How Philips Has Pivoted In the COVID-19 Pandemic: Connected Care From Hospital to Home

Health Populi

What a difference 90 days makes. I was scheduled to meet with Roy Jakobs, Chief Business Leader of Connected Care at Philips, at HIMSS in Orlando on 9th March 2020.

Telehealth Is Just Healthcare Now – One Post-COVID Certainty, Three Reports

Health Populi

As we wrestle with just “what” health care will look like “after COVID,” there’s one certainty that we can embrace in our health planning and forecasting efforts: that’s the persistence of telehealth and virtual care into health care work- and life-flows, for clinicians and consumers alike and aligned.

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

How to liberate doctors from EMRs

KevinMD

We talk a lot in critical care medicine about liberating patients from ventilators. Vents are getting a lot of deserved attention for saving lives in the COVID-19 era. But the machine has downsides that get worse the longer the patient needs it.

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Americans’ Sense of Well-Being Falls to Great Recession Levels, Gallup Finds

Health Populi

It’s déjà vu all over again for Americans’ well-being: we haven’t felt this low since the advent of the Great Recession that hit our well-well-being hard in December 2008. As COVID-19 diagnoses reached 200,000 in the U.S.

Doctors, a tech revolution is coming

KevinMD

What if I told you just a few years ago that Amazon — a budding e-commerce startup — would come to disrupt the multi-billion dollar retail industry. I seriously doubt that anyone could have given it a serious thought.

New Tech Tonics Podcast Episode: Sean Khozin: Attuned To Data Science

Digital Health

After escaping the revolution in Iran, Sean Khozin found his way to the United States, harmonizing his passion for patients and data into a career that’s led him into startups, the FDA, and most recently J&J, where he’s now Global Head of Data Strategy – all while pursuing his love of music.

How healthy are health apps?

Mobi Health News

Digital health applications are starting to make their way into regular healthcare provision. But how should they be regulated?

Primary Care Is Dead. Long Live Primary Care!

The primary care system is failing patients and providers. Capacity shortages have led to long wait times and physician burnout. To fix the system, we must find innovative ways to boost capacity and meet patient-consumers’ shifting expectations.

How cell phones can help lead us out of the COVID-19 pandemic

KevinMD

As most of America approaches the one-month mark since shelter-in-place orders began, there is increasing talk of “plateauing” and debate of strategies for resuming “normal” life. Unfortunately, we continue to find ourselves without a clear path out of this unprecedented pandemic.

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U.S. Hospitals Will Lose $323 Billion in 2020 – Before Accounting for Growing COVID Cases

Health Populi

health systems are projected to lose $323 billion in 2020 due to declining inpatient and outpatient volumes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the “normal” hospital business. Hospitals racked up over $200 bn in losses between March and June 2020.

Digital Health: An Evolution From B.C. (Before Coronavirus) to A.D. (After the Disease)

Digital Health

It was the best of times; it was the worst of times. That Dickensian construct is a perfect one for thinking about digital health before and after the advent of the coronavirus.

Looking across international borders for digital health tools

Mobi Health News

Panelists at the Connected Health Conference in Boston spoke about the importance of digital health alliances and learning from countries sometimes ignored in the space.

Big Idea: Primary Care Automation

Healthcare automation that gives primary care providers more time with their patients—and less on screens—can improve care for patients, increase satisfaction for providers, and deliver positive bottom-line results for system leaders. Download this guide to learn how to optimize automation and keep the patient-provider relationship at the heart of the healthcare experience.

What Will Healthcare Costs Be After COVID? PwC Looks Behind the 2021 Numbers

Health Populi

Whether healthcare spending in 2021 increases by double-digits or falls by one-third directly depends on how the coronavirus pandemic will play out over the rest of 2020, based on PwC’s annual report on medical cost trends for 2021.

Drive-Thru Health, In and After the Pandemic

Health Populi

Physical distancing and sheltering-in-place at home are becoming norms in our pandemic life-flows. We’ve seen the advent of drive-through and drive-up weddings , wakes , and high school graduation rites.

Virtual scribes are game-changers for physicians

KevinMD

Today was like no other day. It was our first day together. Me and my "virtual" scribe — an actual person who seems to "virtually" to exist inside of a Jabra speaker on my desk and so subtlety that I forgot to mute a few times when not seeing patients. The "man" in the Jabra […].

Trust Is a Key Social Currency for COVID-Embattled Consumers

Health Populi

The coronavirus pandemic has re-shaped patients into consumers, concerned about managing the risk of contracting the virus, millions of people experiencing months of sheltering, working, learning, and cooking at home.

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Virtual Front Door or Brick Wall? Care Pathways in Healthcare

Are you offering your patients a virtual front door or a brick wall? Today, 85% of healthcare visits start online. If your patients don’t have a way to access care virtually, you’re losing them to Dr. Google. Clear care pathways that start online ensure your patients get the best care they need while staying loyal to you.

Trust My Doctor and Fear the Office: The Telehealth Opportunity in and Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic

Health Populi

Doctors maintain their top status as U.S. patients’ most-trusted source of coronavirus information.

Voice to text solutions could turn EHR-burdened medical professionals into doctors again

KevinMD

Just imagine the following: your assistant invites in Ms. Nichols, who has a migraine, a bad cough, and feels nauseated. You sit down, start talking about the symptoms, see her throat, measure her temperature, pulse rate, inquire more about the headache.

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A slow death by charting

KevinMD

It's 10 p.m. Seven days before Christmas. I'm sitting at work "finishing" up some charts. I am suddenly overcome with anger. What am I doing here right now at this minute? I am helping no one. This work I'm typing away at — trying so hard not to scream — it's hoops. Fucki*g hoops. […].

Will Trade Data for (Cheaper) Health Care – USC’s View of the Future

Health Populi

Patients are now front-line payors in the U.S. health care system.

Convenience Care Is Here, and It's Eating Your Lunch

Patients want high-quality care that is accessible and affordable. If they can’t get it from you, direct-to-consumer healthcare services make it easy for them to get it somewhere else. Give them the ability to consume your services just like they consume everything else in their lives: on their phones or computers, quickly, and where it’s convenient for them.

CVS Pharmacy app introduces feature for people with visual impairments

Mobi Health News

CVS Pharmacy has announced Spoken Rx, a new feature to its app that can read a specific prescription label out loud for patients with visual impairments or who cannot read standard print labels. CVS plans to add RFID labels to its prescriptions at 1,500 pharmacy locations by the end of 2020.

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Industry Voices—Sizing up 4 opportunities for digital transformation in healthcare

FierceHealthIT

According to ISACA’s recently released 2018 Digital Transformation Barometer, some of the most hyped technology also is perceived to hold the highest risk and the highest potential benefit.

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Novartis, Propeller Health co-package new asthma treatment

Mobi Health News

The co-packaged product, which will be launched in Europe this year, combines Propeller's sensor tech and Novartis' new medication.

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Growing Evidence for eConsults – the Asynchronous, Clinician-to-Clinician Platform for Telehealth

Health Populi

Health care providers stood up virtual health care services with lightning speed as the coronavirus pandemic emerged in the U.S.

Stop Creating Disloyal Patients

90 percent of patients feel no obligation to stay with a healthcare system that doesn’t offer digital tools. What can you do in the face of such a sobering statistic? Patient-facing telehealth options that allow patients to get virtually instantaneous care privately, securely, and from anywhere can keep your patients from seeking care from the easiest, nearest, and cheapest provider.

Juneteenth 2020: Inequality and Injustice in Health Care in America

Health Populi

“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and the most inhuman because it often results in physical death,” Martin Luther King, Jr., asserted at the second meeting of the Medical Committee for Human Rights in Chicago on March 25, 1966.

5 clinician concerns about OpenNotes

KevinMD

More than 200 health organizations have now implemented OpenNotes. Many more are piloting, are soon to implement — or have implemented, and we don’t know it!

Digital Health: Show Me the Money? Evidence? Door?

Digital Health

This week I had the good fortune to return to Dublin, Ireland and see many of my international colleagues and friends who are associated in one way or another with HealthXL, the digital health intelligence platform and expert community, and Health Beacon, a very cool medication adherence company focused on specialty pharma.

UAE’s Mulk Healthcare launches global “e-hospital”

Mobi Health News

Launching as an app this summer, the Mulk E-Hospital will reportedly offer a range of healthcare services by over 2,000 medical specialists from around the world

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Forrester Names Leader in Virtual Health Care Solutions

Forrester Research identified and evaluated the top players in digital health. Read the report to see who stood out—and who needs to catch up.

Digital health investments stay the course in Q2 2020

Mobi Health News

Despite the uncertainty of COVID-19, funding deals during the last three months were generally on par with those of Q1 2020 and Q2 2019

An Airline, A Hospital and A Disinfectant Brand Walk Into A(n Airport) Bar–the New Health/Care Collaboration in the Age of COVID

Health Populi

You’ve heard the one about three characters walking into a bar. A new collaboration between United Airlines, Cleveland Clinic and Clorox reminded me of that scenario, and that in the age of the coronavirus pandemic, collaboration can bolster our health.

Boots offers access to online video pharmacy consultations for people living with cancer

Mobi Health News

The service will offer an accessible route for those affected by cancer to speak to a trained healthcare professional from the comfort of their own home

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Electronic health records cannot replace a doctor who knows you

KevinMD

The introduction of electronic health records (EHRs) was accompanied by a great deal of fanfare. Such systems, which replace old paper-based charts in doctor’s offices and hospitals, were designed to make patient data more accurate, safer and more accessible.

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Leveraging Automated Telehealth During a Capacity Crisis

As the healthcare system faces unprecedented challenges during the COVID-19 crisis, it’s more important than ever to make the most of clinical resources. Automation holds the key to drastically increasing clinical capacity and flattening the curve.