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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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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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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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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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Telehealth’s Top 3 Growth Areas In 2019

Telehealth’s Top 3 Growth Areas In 2019

When healthcare meets technology, of a number of things, it means access to care in a cost-effective way. The healthcare space, in particular, has seen a large wave of consumer-driven care delivery models steered by technology  such as telehealth. In 2019, telehealth solutions made huge leaps when it came to improving patient experience, ensuring patient safety, and delivering value-based care. Here are the top three categories of telehealth solutions that trended in 2019, and will con...
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Supporting Healthy Communities Through Telehealth

Supporting Healthy Communities Through Telehealth

During the recent National Health IT Week (September 23 to 27),  the need to expand access to telehealth services was underscored as a critical component of supporting healthy communities.  Among the points of engagement for the nationwide action week was demonstrating the power of IT to transform health in the U.S. and around the globe. Aside from the need to expand access to broadband and telehealth, other actionable outcomes include advancing public and population, modernizing ...
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