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COVID-19 SIP™: An Evolving Approach to Containing COVID-19

COVID-19 SIP™: An Evolving Approach to Containing COVID-19

In the complex, global health crisis brought about by COVID-19, it was basics such as surveillance, testing, quarantine, self-isolation, contact tracing, face covering, social distancing, and simple hand-washing that were preliminary tactics in the race against the spread of the virus. Because of COVID-19's high transmissibility, countries focused on containment and mitigation. With varying degrees of success, countries have adopted digital health technolog...
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Experts Weigh In on the Resurgence of COVID-19

Experts Weigh In on the Resurgence of COVID-19

First wave, second wave, or one big tsunami. The COVID-19 wave being confronted here and now is neither definitive nor conclusive. But what is certain is that it is still raging.  The issue about a second wave — what constitutes it, or if there really are even virus waves — has been a contentious one. However, virologists, epidemiologists, and other experts all agree on the resurgence of the novel coronavirus as seen in localized spikes in infection...
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Patient Engagement for COVID-19 Vaccine Development

Patient Engagement for COVID-19 Vaccine Development

 If a return to normalcy depends on finding a cure for COVID-19, then there needs to be a fast-tracked vaccine development process, albeit one without shortcuts. Patient participation across the spectrum of clinical development is key to this. As of June 2, 2020, the World Health Organization’s draft landscape of COVID-19 candidate vaccines listed 10 in clinical evaluation (phases 1–3 ) and 123 more in preclinical evaluation. The gold standard for clinical tr...
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Telehealth Now, and From Now On

Telehealth Now, and From Now On

 The need to expeditiously address a public health emergency has never been as important as it is today. COVID-19 has mobilized practically everyone along its path to find solutions to stop it, flatten the curve, and provide care in whatever way possible. Telehealth has risen to the challenge faced by the American healthcare system to meet patients’ needs during a national emergency. Technologies have become a lifeline for patients with chronic and serious conditions to continue ...
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Battling the Opioid Crisis in a Time of COVID-19

Battling the Opioid Crisis in a Time of COVID-19

To our country still reeling from its ongoing opioid epidemic came the COVID-19 pandemic. The public health crises in the U.S. this time did not come one after the other but overlapped. One health crisis is already one too many. These twin battles need to be fought at the same time. It is possible with technology. And neither severity nor urgency will win the argument for which crisis should be a priority—because both are claiming lives.  COVID-19 has disrupted pra...
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A Tech Strategy for Patient Care in a Time of COVID

A Tech Strategy for Patient Care in a Time of COVID

With the rising toll that the novel coronavirus is taking on the healthcare system everywhere in the world, the impact on healthcare providers is beyond measure. Quality of patient care will be challenged during this COVID-19 pandemic. The efficiency and efficacy of the healthcare system will be put to the test. Now is not the time for crisis planning and preparedness, because the pandemic is already at hand. Now is the time for the execution of strategies, if you have any, and for the mana...
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Mitigating COVID-19's Side Effects on Mental Health

Mitigating COVID-19's Side Effects on Mental Health

Google search results for the novel coronavirus have now reached over a billion (and growing rapidly). This is telling of the global concern surrounding the COVID-19 global pandemic, with fear gripping not only public health but also the economy and geopolitics. Fear, anxiety, and stress are side effects of the novel coronavirus affecting both those who are infected by the virus and those who are not. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, public health emergencie...
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Fighting Fake COVID-19 Health News Through Patient Engagement

Fighting Fake COVID-19 Health News Through Patient Engagement

Imagine 93 million Americans searching for medical and health information online, where some of it is patently wrong, but having no way of knowing what to believe. Health misinformation has fast become a threat to compliance with health treatments, to adoption of response efforts in epidemics, and to trust between health providers and their patients. Not a 2020 phenomenon at all, the spread of false health information has gone unchecked for over a decade, with social media adding ...
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Deploying Telehealth for COVID-19

Deploying Telehealth for COVID-19

In the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, the disease now known as COVID-19, there’s a clear and present danger for community transmission. Cases of COVID-19 in the United States are, for now, still imported from travelers from Wuhan. And while the “virus is NOT currently spreading in the community in the United States,” we are not immune from the possibility. With almost 76,769 confirmed cases around the world and over 2,239 deaths in China where the novel coronaviru...
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5 Healthcare Trends in 2020

5 Healthcare Trends in 2020

 With 2019 behind us, the era of “everything online” in healthcare enters a decade where its convenience and access will spur more innovative care delivery models. The ease of automation when it comes to communications, data, and processes, has influenced patients, healthcare providers and payers to the point that they will look more and more to smarter healthcare solutions.   Patients will expect greater access to care anytime, anywhere.  Providers will contin...
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