Fri.Apr 03, 2020

Digital health funding is off to a roaring start in 2020

Mobi Health News

Despite the onset of COVID-19 throughout the world, the first quarter of 2020 were host to healthy digital health investment

Art Therapy in the COVID-19 Era: Inspirations Abound from Munch to Dutch Masters and Toilet Tissue

Health Populi

Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, said, “Variety of form and brilliancy of color in the object presented to patients are an actual means of recovery.” ” We all need some #ArtTherapy in this #StayHome COVID-19 era, #AloneTogether to #FlattenTheCurve.

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Cellex becomes first company to land FDA Emergency Use Authorization for COVID-19 serology testing

Mobi Health News

The test was designed to idnetify specific antibodies in order to detect if a patient has had coronavirus in the past.


Survey: Americans’ perceptions of telehealth in the COVID-19 era

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

The rapid spread of coronavirus COVID-19 is taxing traditional methods of healthcare delivery.

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.

COVID-19 highlights health tech device procurement frustration

Mobi Health News

Innovators are eager to help but struggle to make the right connections


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Coronavirus testing exposes gaps in reporting

Morning eHealth

HHS eases data sharing with public health groups — Zoom to workshop privacy and security issues

Managing Temporary Hospital Sites During COVID-19 Outbreak

Healthcare IT Today

For most hospitals, setting up robust temporary field operations for COVID-19 care is a new and difficult challenge. Fortunately, health leaders can turn to professionals with experience establishing temporary hospitals, such as members of the military.

Kaiser Permanente offers members free access to Livongo's mental health app


Kaiser Permanente is offering its members free access to Livongo's mental health app myStrength. The app now has features related to the COVID pandemic and isolation to help address increased stress and anxiety during the outbreak

COVID-19 Funnies – Fun Friday

Healthcare IT Today

Well, our past COVID-19 cartoons have been so popular that why shouldn’t we share some more. Are you starting to experience a new normal? Have you found a way to connect with people digitally? Next week is my kid’s “Spring Break.”

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.

Weathering the Storm: How COVID-19 Is Changing the Healthcare Landscape

Health System CIO

Whether its video visits hitting the mainstream, or chatbots being used to engage with and educate patients, COVID-19 has provided the inertia for a shift that has been in the works for quite a while, says Dr. Sylvia Romm.

Healthcare lost 43K jobs in March, latest Bureau of Labor Statistics report shows


The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports total nonfarm payroll employment fell by 701,000 in March, and the unemployment rate rose to 4.4% as a result of the effects of COVID-19 and efforts to contain it.


How HIEs are Improving Healthcare with Patient-Generated Data

Healthcare IT Today

The following is a guest article by Andrea Tait, VP of Client Value, Orion Health.

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COVID-19 job losses could drive down employer plan enrollment by as much as 35M, report shows


As many as 35 million people could drop out of employer-sponsored coverage amid COVID-19, according to a new analysis


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.

Best practices in telecommuting and raising a family at the same time

care innovations

by Katherine and Sonny Ramsay. With the country in a state of quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic people are finding themselves involuntarily working from home and families homeschooling for an undetermined amount of time. My best advice to you is to slow down!


AAMC to HHS: Hospitals need cash now to stave off more furloughs, expand capacity


Provider groups and health systems are imploring HHS to provide direct assistance to hospitals as more and more systems are furloughing workers while trying to expand bed capacity


Telehealth and Urgent Care During COVID-19

American Well

Americans who are sheltering at home and worried about COVID-19 are increasingly turning to virtual care, as are those seeking routine urgent care unrelated to COVID-19. At Amwell, we are seeing an unprecedented surge in demand for our services each day.

Zocdoc adds telehealth to platform to allow providers to offer virtual care


Online medical appointment booking company Zocdoc has added telehealth appointments to its platform in response to the spike in demand for virtual care. Several startups also have expanded their telehealth services to relieve strain on the system. Find out what services the companies are offering

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.

Telehealth and COVID-19 Testing

American Well

Patients are increasingly confused about COVID-19 testing. At Amwell Medical Group (AMG), we have seen a sharp uptick in test-related questions and calls to our network operations center, and we wish to explain and clarify the role that telehealth plays in COVID-19 testing.

Survey: Pharmacists frustrated by trying to secure masks from Strategic National Stockpile


Amid concerns about dwindling stockpiles of protective equipment, pharmacists are expressing frustration with their hospitals’ ability to obtain masks from the national stockpile.


Digital Technology Response to Covid-19

New Age Healthcare

As the global population is marred by the pandemic coronavirus outbreak, a flurry of websites, dashboards, online services and apps related to COVID-19 are being encountered across the globe. These tools developed by tech giants, start-ups, govt bodies, and healthcare organisations provide relevant information about the symptoms, prevention methods, screening steps, tracking of virus spread and measures to limit the risk to exposure.

Coronavirus battle taking toll on doctors, healthcare workers 'in the trenches.' Here's what they can do


His years as an emergency room doctor is helping Shannon Sovndal, M.D., cope with the chaos of the coronavirus pandemic. But there’s no doubt, says Sovndal, that it is taking an emotional and physical toll on doctors and other healthcare workers. Here's what they can do


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.

Maintaining wellbeing while working from home

Digital Leaders HealthTech

In my last post I shared some examples of the support we offer to our colleagues to protect their mental, physical and financial wellbeing.

Fox19 Cincinnati Features OrthoLive


Fox19 Cincinnati ’s Jessica Schmit interviewed OrthoLive and SpringHealthLive founder Dr. Michael Greiwe to learn how his passion for helping people led him to become a doctor and then to tech as a pioneer of the telemedicine revolution changing how healthcare is delivered now and in the future.

Engaging At-Risk Opioid Addicted Mothers Through Prenatal Care, Delivery, and Beyond


Breaking free from opioid addiction is a difficult and multifaceted challenge. For many women who are addicted, the process is made even more complex by pregnancy. That’s where the Giving Respect and Compassion to Expecting Moms, or G.R.A.C.E., program steps in


Faster Ways to Align on Cloud Planning and Governance Using LeanIX


The arrival of LeanIX Cloud Intelligence, the first module in the LeanIX Cloud Native Suite , has opened more pathways for all users of the IT management software — enterprise architects, cloud architects, CIOs, etc. — to align at critical stages of cloud native transformations.


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.

Executive Spotlight—DaVita Kidney Care's new CMO talks about changing care models, COVID-19 impact


Late last year, Jeff Giullian took on the role as DaVita Kidney Care's Chief Medical Officer. We caught up to chat with him about the changing world of kidney care, as well as how COVID-19 has changed things


Exercises for Parkinson's Disease & More

Christina's Considerations

Improving mobility, strength and balance as we age or in response to chronic illnesses is important to our overall health status. Exercise helps us reduce our functional limitations; allowing us to stay more active and independent. More importantly, it can. Books Healthy Children and Families Workplace Health and Wellness


Weekender 4/3/20

HIStalk Weekender

Weekly News Recap HHS and CMS issue a long list. Weekender