Sat.May 02, 2020 - Fri.May 08, 2020

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.

Secure Telehealth

Telebehavioral Health Institute

New Guidance for Secure Telehealth With the uptick in the use of telehealth, the National Security Agency (NSA) released new guidance for secure telehealth use. The guidance is meant to mitigate the risk associated with using home computers and smartphones … Read more.

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How Telehealth Can Improve Access to Specialty Healthcare

InTouch Health

Our Recent Partnership with Sharp Healthcare Shows the Benefits of Specialty Telehealth. Many patients in the United States do not have access to specialty healthcare. When someone is referred to a specialty provider, they may not have the ability to visit the provider in person.

A guide to connected health device and remote patient monitoring vendors

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Editor’s Note: This feature story initially was published on May 6, 2020. It is being updated regularly with more vendors.

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.

Consumers Focus on Basic Needs in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Is Self-Care a New Normal?

Health Populi

Personal health, food and medicine, safety and financial security are consumers’ top priorities as of April 2020, learned in consumer research analyzed in How COVID-19 will permanently change consumer behavior from Accenture.

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Apple Heart Study researchers find success in recruitment, struggle with engagement

Mobi Health News

The study enrolled 420,000, but many participants with suspected atrial fibrillation failed to follow up with a study doctor.

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Why telehealth leaves behind the ones who need it most

Morning eHealth

Cuomo taps former Google CEO on health, ed tech — Senate Republicans unveil coronavirus privacy bill

TransUnion Reveals the Home Economics and Social Determinants of COVID-19

Health Populi

Today, 7th May 2020, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that about 3.17 million jobs were lost in the nation in the last week. This calculated to an unemployment rate of 15.5%, an increase of 3.1% points from the previous week.

Is 65 the new 85 -- Covid-19 cultivates elements of ageism

Aging in Place Technology Watch

Is sixty-five is the new eighty-five – and is ageism trendy? Consider interesting the behavior of ‘leaders’ during the time of Covid-19.

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.

Digital fitness company Pear Sports buys AI-enabled health coach Performance Lab

Mobi Health News

This deal comes only a few months after Pear Sports purchased Functional Solutions.

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How AI use cases are evolving in the time of COVID-19

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

As with nearly every element of the healthcare world, applications of artificial Intelligence and machine learning have been reshaped by the COVID-19 pandemic. Whole business models and strategies became outdated and entirely new approaches have replaced them.

A nurse writes from the COVID-19 front lines: “the biggest barrier to care I’ve ever faced”

Society for Participatory Medicine

Amber’s Facebook profile photo. I’m a social person by nature. I love talking, interacting, and learning with and from others. Never in my career as a nurse did I think that I wouldn’t be able to be social.

Telehealth expands but providers have questions

Morning eHealth

Personnel moves at HHS and VA — New York prints its own testing swabs

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.

VitalPatch granted EUA for monitoring COVID-19 patients' QT intervals

Mobi Health News

The continuous remote monitor can help prevent complications driven by experimental COVID-19 treatments such as hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine, according to the agency

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Telehealth has staying power, should benefit from lasting regulatory changes

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

As COVID-19 continues to hammer the U.S., more patients than ever are turning to telehealth for care – eschewing overcrowded emergency rooms and dormant physician practices in favor of virtual consults. Some see that trend continuing even after the pandemic has eventually subsided.

The COVID-19 Impact: Acceptance of AI in Healthcare?

Healthcare IT Today

My how the world has changed. It’s been amazing to watch and see how telehealth has been accepted by clinicians and patients thanks to COVID-19. As I outlined in that article, COVID-19 together with social distancing has changed the value equation for clinicians.

Apps and antibodies: Tracking Covid-19

Morning eHealth

States shrug off White House guidance — Cybersecurity warnings for hospitals

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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.

Fitbit launches large-scale consumer health study to detect a-fib via heart rate sensors, algorithm

Mobi Health News

The Fitbit Heart Study is looking to enroll 200,000 to 250,000 device owners, and will support clinical evaluation and regulatory submissions of the company's PPG atrial fibrillation algorithm

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How athenahealth’s EHR FaceTime feature is helping a solo practice during COVID-19

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic in mid-March, Dr. Mamdouh Riad, a solo practitioner in Hyannis, Massachusetts, began to take notice that he would not be able to see patients in the office as usual and had many patients start to cancel appointments as they were nervous about coming in.

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Telehealth Reimbursement Gets Really Hard Really Quick

Healthcare IT Today

We wrote previously about how COVID-19 has shifted the Value Equation for Telehealth. Doctors previously didn’t value Telehealth since it was the same work (or slightly more) for possibly less reimbursement.

Free Type 1 Diabetes Screening for Children Saves Lives and Aids Research

Insulin Nation

As a parent living with type 1 diabetes, it is impossible for me to watch my child vacuum up a meal or gulp down a glass of water without getting worried. Even something as simple as an extra heavy diaper or a long nap can be enough to trigger that paranoia.

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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.

Heal kicks off telepsychology service for California residents

Mobi Health News

Video visits with a licensed clinical psychologist will run California residents $69 for each 20 minutes

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Patient engagement tech yielding positive results during COVID-19 pandemic

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Primary topic: Patient Engagement Disable Auto Tagging: Short Headline: Patient engagement tech yielding positive results during COVID-19 pandemic Featured Decision Content: Region Tag: Global Edition Right Now

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Enabling Tech for Telemedicine – #HITsm Chat Topic

Healthcare IT Today

We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 5/1 at Noon ET (9 AM PT).

Nursing homes and Covid-19 – defensiveness persists 

Aging in Place Technology Watch

Nursing homes – consternation, condemnation are words that rule the day. Rant on. It must be tough to be focal points for nursing home policy these days. Even as a task force is being set up to focus on nursing homes, on the one hand, that seems positive.

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.

New app aims to reduce impact of fake news on patients and healthcare services

Mobi Health News

The scale of healthcare misinformation is a source of frustration - Healthinote seeks to counter the threat with a verified and up-to-date information resource

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Telehealth, supply chain monitoring key areas of investment during pandemic

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

The COVID-19 pandemic has helped shed light on the longer-term structural reforms needed in the US healthcare system, which include telehealth investment and medical supply chain tracking and coordination improvements.

Temporary Hospital and Other Security Issues Amidst COVID-19

Healthcare IT Today

The following is an interview with Travis Volk, Technical Vice President at Radware. In this interview, we talk about some of the unique challenges hospitals face amidst COVID-19.