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Telemedicine during COVID-19: Benefits, limitations, burdens, adaptation

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

As the COVID-19 virus wreaks havoc with the healthcare system, telemedicine is stepping up into the spotlight and helping healthcare provider organizations and caregivers better respond to the needs of Americans who have contracted the virus and Americans who need to touch base with their providers on the status of their health.

EverlyWell, Nurx to release at-home COVID-19 test kits within a week

Mobi Health News

This news comes amid the shortage of testing kits in the U.S.

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Lockdown Economics for U.S. Health Consumers

Health Populi

The hashtag #StayHome was ushered onto Twitter by 15 U.S. national healthcare leaders in a USA Today editorial yesterday. The op-ed co-authors included Dr. Eric Topol, Dr. Leana Wen, Dr. Zeke Emanuel, Dr. Jordan Shlain, Dr. Vivek Murthy, Andy Slavitt, and other key healthcare opinion leaders.

National emergency declaration boosts telehealth

Morning eHealth

More details on Google’s coronavirus site — A call for health data donations

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 Policy Updates

Health Recovery Solutions

Over the last week, there have been many updates and changes from CMS and HHS that directly affect telehealth delivery and reimbursement, including waivers on the following restrictions: reimbursement COVID-19

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Estimates of COVID-19 Medical Costs in the US: $20K for inpatient stay, $1300 OOP costs

Health Populi

In the midst of growing inpatient admissions and test results for COVID-19, Congress is working as I write this post to finalize a round of legislation to help Americans with the costs-of-living and (hopefully) health care in a national, mandated, clarifying way.

Singapore government launches new app for contact tracing to combat spread of COVID-19

Mobi Health News

TraceTogether works by exchanging short-distance Bluetooth signals between phones to detect other participating TraceTogether users in close proximity.

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Telehealth and coronavirus

Morning eHealth

Tech company call — HITAC on deck

How EHR vendors are arming providers to handle COVID-19

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

As healthcare organizations ramp up efforts to treat COVID-19 patients, their health IT vendors are looking to provide them with tools to manage cases, analyze data and assess patients remotely.

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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.

Telehealth, HIPAA compliance and innovation tracking

Aging in Place Technology Watch

The coronavirus pandemic has prompted instant behavior and tech changes. And not just about hand washing and social distancing. For the past two days, it’s apparent that the seemingly forever slow growth of telehealth adoption has entered a new, “When can I have that? Yesterday?” phase.

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How digital health can help reduce anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic

Mobi Health News

Online mental health support is increasingly important as communities face lockdown and social distancing measures

HIPAA Penalties Suspended for Telehealth During Covid-19 National Emergency

Healthcare IT Today

Today, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued the news that enforcement of HIPAA penalties around telehealth, patient communication, and remote communication technologies will be suspended during the Covid-19 National Emergency and will go into effect immediately.

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Health system uses telehealth to steer patients away from ER, urgent care

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

WakeMed Health & Hospitals is based in the heart of a dynamic, fast-growing market – an area known as the Triangle, which includes Raleigh and Durham, North Carolina, and surrounding communities.

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.

Pence’s medical licensing comment stirs confusion

Morning eHealth

VA networks lag under new telehealth pressure — Is virtual care the new normal

What investors are saying about startups in the age of coronavirus

Mobi Health News

Digital health investors discuss the opportunity, responsibility and liability of investing in health tech during market volatility and a possible recession

MIT’s Safe Paths Aims to Inform Individuals About COVID-19 Where They Live

Healthcare IT Today

Although the COVID-19 pandemic is by definition a worldwide crisis, it is still distributed in a very skewed manner–and it would help us to know better where it is. A team run out of MIT is working on this at a very detailed, grass roots level though an interesting system called Safe Paths.

OCR will ease restrictions on telehealth tech during COVID-19

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

The HHS Office for Civil Rights announced on Tuesday that during the coronavirus pandemic it will use discretion when enforcing HIPAA-compliance for telehealth communications tools. WHY IT MATTERS.

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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.

Why Therapists Should Use HIPAA-Compliant Telehealth Platforms During COVID-19

TheraNest

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New femtech company Bloomer develops an ECG for your bra

Mobi Health News

Last week the company raked in $3 million in seed funding.

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the 21st Century Cures Act with Tom Leary, VP of Government Relations at HIMSS

Healthcare IT Today

One of the interviews I was most looking forward to at the now cancelled HIMSS 2020 annual conference was with Tom Leary, VP of Government Relations at HIMSS.

Confronting COVID-19 with New Remote Monitoring & Education Tools

care innovations

The last few weeks have clearly been out of the norm for all of us. COVID-19 has made us enter a place of uncertainty, which is never comfortable for anyone.

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.

Web introduction to a crowd-sourcing platform for COVID-19 “information therapy”

Society for Participatory Medicine

“Information therapy” has long been part of the participatory medicine mindset. See our 2007 post that mentions Josh Seidman PhD’s Center for Information Therapy – he went on to be president of SPM.)

Digital pharmacy Genius Rx to debut this summer

Mobi Health News

The platform will include an AI-enabled patient-engagement tool and smart pricing.

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Medicare and Medicaid Allows Doctors to Practice Across State Lines

Healthcare IT Today

One of the biggest health IT related news items to come out was the announcement by Vice President Mike Pence that HHS was issuing a regulation to permit doctors to practice across state lines. State Medical Licensure is something that has baffled many of us that have worked in healthcare.

7 Ways to Cope with COVID-19 Stress

care innovations

If the outbreak of COVID-19 has been stressful for you during this past week, you’re not alone. Human beings like stability, and life has been changing dramatically for many of us over the past week.

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.

The biggest worry for hospitals, healthcare workers: Protective equipment

FierceHealthIT

A shortage of personal protective equipment is the biggest issue right now for hospitals and healthcare workers around the county, according to the chief healthcare officer at the organization that represents medical schools and teaching hospitals

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Scanwell Health, myLAB Box unveil more at-home COVID-19 testing services

Mobi Health News

The companies are pairing their testing kits with telehealth consultations, and anticipate that their offerings will be available in the U.S. within the coming weeks

What Does the Notification of Enforcement Discretion for Telehealth Remote Communications During COVID-19 Mean?

Healthcare IT Today

The Director of the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) declared that they would allow the use of telehealth technologies to communicate with patients during the nationwide public health emergency that may not fully comply with the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules. The question is, what does […].