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Communicating Care and Caring During the Pandemic

Communicating Care and Caring During the Pandemic

COVID-19 social distancing and stay-at-home mandates didn’t stop people from needing to stay connected. When in-person interaction was restricted, the need for communication remained and the opportunity became unlimited – at least digitally. Such was the irony of the pandemic day-to-day, thanks to technology.  A study on people’s digital co...
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Best Performance in a Supporting Role During the Pandemic: Telehealth

Best Performance in a Supporting Role During the Pandemic: Telehealth

Face coverings, physical distancing, and frequent handwashing played starring roles in mitigating the spread of COVID-19. And health technologies for symptom screening, self-isolation and quarantine management, vaccine management, and mental health care played key supporting roles in immediate response, people empowerment, and access to care.  If 2020 had been a movie, the world has seen best performances of many actors, various players...
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Informed Decision Before COVID-19 Vaccination

Informed Decision Before COVID-19 Vaccination

Who is ready for a COVID-19 vaccine that is 70% effective? Or perhaps 95%? As the Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech and AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccines, to name a few, are offering hope to many while others question the risks, challenges for our health system’s readiness now become more real and imminent. With immunization and treatment as the exit strategies for the COVID-19 pandemic, the rollout tactics ...
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Mental Health Support in COVID-19 Self-Isolation and Quarantine Management

Mental Health Support in COVID-19 Self-Isolation and Quarantine Management

Containing COVID-19 has been a long, drawn-out battle; and until a vaccine can prove its efficacy AND be distributed, the effect of the virus may seem like a life sentence at home. As the present already feels confining to many, it’s all the more daunting to the infected and to at-risk populations. Stress, anxiety, and depression can pile up on top of their fears about their health. Where self-isolation and quarantine management is in place or still needed, mental health car...
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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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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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Securing Telehealth During a Pandemic

Securing Telehealth During a Pandemic

 The COVID-19 pandemic has enabled that huge leap into telehealth because of the urgency to provide care. The U.S. has waived certain regulatory requirements to enable flexibility to use telehealth as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. But with healthcare delivery moved online or to the “cloud,” as with any online activity there are security risks involved. Even with guidelines being relaxed to expedite care, the healthcare industry still must have a system...
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The New Normal After COVID-19

The New Normal After COVID-19

 Urgent measures to save lives at all costs have been the default response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This public health crisis introduces unprecedented and complex challenges to our health system’s collective capacity to respond. More than two months into the country’s outbreak, it looks now that the urgent and large-scale responses have worked against an envisaged doomsday scenario. "What’s next?" is the question that remains. There is certainly no goi...
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WANTED: Rapid, Scalable Population Outreach for COVID-19

WANTED: Rapid, Scalable Population Outreach for COVID-19

 An imminent emergency calls for urgent measures. It’s when actionable information needs to be real-time, continuous, and relevant. This means relentless communication anytime, anywhere, on any device, to engage patients wherever and however they want to be reached. In this COVID-19 pandemic, where health care systems are overwhelmed, health care workers are included among the vulnerable population and are at risk. Many individuals who are severely affected by the virus...
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