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Feeling much like an Olympic gymnast’s acrobatic routine, patients’ healthcare experience over the past 18 months has endured a dizzying series of twists, turns, and somersaults—albeit without the benefit of Dramamine. Patients found themselves caught up in COVID-induced disruptions and often didn’t know if or when they could safely access care. Thankfully now, things are returning to some semblance of normalcy as the vaccine proliferates and cases plunge.
Making Strides Toward Greater Success In Virtual Care
A well-known proverb posits that necessity is the mother of invention. And while telehealth slightly predates the worldwide COVID-19 calamity, we were sure glad — and relieved — the technology was available when the pandemic threatened in-person care.
Bridging The Digital Divide: Virtual Care Accessibility Options For Everyone
This month marks one year since COVID-19 mushroomed across the planet and changed everything. For healthcare providers, the pandemic has been a major disruption that led to in-office safety protocols and created a chilling effect as patients refrained from scheduling the care they needed. Medical practices across the country resorted to reducing their hours or temporarily shuttering their offices. For many in the healthcare business, the reduction in appointments and closures precipitated revenue shortfalls of as much as 50 percent.
Eye-Tracking In Healthcare: Medical Diagnostics, Health Equity, And The COVID-19 Response
Commonly used as an assistive technology solution to support the communication and computing needs of severely handicapped individuals, eye-tracking is gaining momentum across a broader spectrum of industries as hardware and software solutions continue to evolve. Among those industries, healthcare stands to benefit greatly from advancements in the field of precision eye-tracking. Innovative and emerging use cases are ushering medical eye-tracking to a new forefront.
COVID-19 Communications: Meeting Patients Where They Are
There’s been a spate of good news in recent weeks on the COVID-19 vaccine front that is cause for hope and optimism in the war against the coronavirus. The pace of vaccine production and distribution by the U.S. government has been accelerated, making more doses available to more people sooner. In many states, the prioritized rollout has transitioned from healthcare workers and long-term facility residents to vaccinating adults 70 years of age and up. President Joe Biden has set a goal to administer 100 million shots of the vaccine in his first 100 days in office.
Health System CIO Priorities—Changes Ahead Due To Covid-19
In February of 2020, one month before Covid-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, health system CIOs participated in a College of Health Information Management Executives (CHIME) survey to identify their top IT priorities and barriers to progress. A summary of this CHIME survey revealed that optimizing EHR/EMR services was the top IT priority, followed by patient engagement and consumer technologies—telemedicine, interoperability and analytics. Operating costs pressure was cited as the biggest barrier to making progress with these various health IT initiatives.
New Communication Methods Can Help Ring In New Year Of Greater Patient Engagement
Telehealth will continue to prove valuable, but it’s not enough. Though we’ve seen rapid adoption of telehealth platforms over the last year, our end goal is sustainable patient satisfaction. That means across the entire health interaction—not just at the point of care. To develop greater hospital-patient engagement, organizations need to view telehealth as only one piece of the entire puzzle.
HEALTH IT NEWS
Osmind Closes $15M Series A Round To Help Clinicians And Researchers Bring Innovative Mental Health Treatments To More Patients7/1/2021
Osmind, a healthcare technology company building the first digital infrastructure for neuropsychiatry, closed $15M in Series A funding to further develop and expand its electronic health record (EHR) and research platform
Netsmart Expands Predictive Analytics Solution Offerings With Acquisition Of SimpleLTC6/30/2021
Today, Netsmart announced it has acquired Texas-based data analytics company SimpleLTC from Briggs Healthcare