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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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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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Next-Gen Patient Engagement: Here and Now

Next-Gen Patient Engagement: Here and Now

When it comes to communication technology in healthcare, there is no generation gap.  It’s being used by everyone, whether they realize it or not. The barriers, real and perceived, are crumbling. Communications technology in healthcare, allowing patients to choose how and when to communicate, has evolved to become tools of engagement, participation and activation.  To improve health outcomes, communication plays a key role in patient engagement. But it is the “qua...
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Patient Activation: LifeWIRE Use Cases

Patient Activation: LifeWIRE Use Cases

Patient engagement encourages patient participation, and patient participation encourages patient activation. These are stages in the patient’s partnership in healthcare, with each stage contributing to improving clinical outcomes. It’s about shared decision making.To empower patients for shared decision making, he/she needs to be actively involved. To make a partner out of patients, he/she needs to be able to take independent actions pertaining to health and care. That willingness, ...
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Patient Participation: The Power Shift in Healthcare

Patient Participation: The Power Shift in Healthcare

Where medical paternalism ends, patient empowerment begins - but “patient power” only thrives in a healthcare ecosystem where patients are co-producers of health.  Better-informed patients participate and are more involved in their own health. It takes meaningful patient engagement to do that. With healthcare’s power shift to the consumer, Gartner, a global research group, advised healthcare and life science CIOs “to lead digital efforts to improve engagement.&r...
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Rx: Telehealth for Physician-Patient Relationship

Rx: Telehealth for Physician-Patient Relationship

When patients require help wherever and whenever they need it, healthcare services need to be available and accessible. Along with interaction, context and content, this is core to defining patient experience. The use of technology in delivering care becomes desirable for doctors, and a preferred option by patients, and is the call that Telehealth answers.  Telehealth has increased patient access to care, with Telehealth Index: 2019 Physician Survey showing the adoption of telehealth b...
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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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Patient Communication vs Patient Engagement

Patient Communication vs Patient Engagement

Relationships are built on communication and engagement. To engage, you must communicate. To communicate, you must engage. In doctor-patient relationship, this is not a question of the “chicken or the egg.”  They are both essential in a patient-centered care. The patient can be communicating but not really engaged in his healthcare, or can be engaged but not truly communicating. As the healthcare system is evolving, it does, and will, require increasing clinical produc...
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Communicating Care Through Text Messaging

Communicating Care Through Text Messaging

As patient experience not only defines quality of healthcare and becomes a core component, efforts will increase dramatically to better engage patients. So healthcare providers will be taking advantage of the wealth of new technology to improve care and engage patients through connected care and telehealth solutions. But these patient engagement solutions must ensure patient safety. And patient safety means confidence of the patient for the security and privacy of their data, information, a...
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