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mHealthIntelligence: (9/21) – Two New York health systems published a blueprint for using telehealth to diagnose and treat patients infected with the coronavirus. “The rapid expansion of telemedicine in response to the COVID-19 pandemic allows physicians to safely maintain connections to their patients in a way never before achieved…,” Eric R. Goldberg, MD, senior medical director and clinical associate professor in the Department of Medicine at NYU Langone Health, said in a press release.
NYU Langone Health: (9/21) – In a recent press release, NYU Langone Health discusses the use of telehealth in diabetes management and lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic. The article notes that video visits enhance the ability of NYU Langone’s diabetes team—including endocrinologists, nurse practitioners, diabetes educators, and nutritionists—to provide support that fits patients’ evolving needs.
Healthcare Dive: (9/22) – Microsoft announced that the video platform, Teams, is integrating directly with Epic’s EHR health records software to let clinicians launch virtual visits straight from their EHR.
The Street: (9/22) – Sam’s Club announced that it will begin offering doctor visits with a new quarterly telehealth subscription.
Healthcare IT News: (9/22) – Amazon Care is expanding an initiative to allow employees and dependents access to healthcare via text-based messaging or video visits throughout Washington state.
mHealthIntelligence: (9/23) – A global survey of people with type 1 diabetes found that three-quarters who moved to a telehealth platform during the coronavirus pandemic would stay on the platform once the emergency has ended.
Modern Healthcare: (9/24) – HHS, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) plans to release a survey next month that providers can use to assess patient experience with telehealth visits.
Equal Access to Telemedicine during COVID‐19 Pandemic: A Pediatric Otolaryngology Perspective: (9/24) – A new study comparing urgent pediatric otolaryngology services through telehealth between March and May 2020 to in-person visits during the same time period in 2019 found that telehealth was able to successfully provide access to services, even for the most vulnerable populations.
The Laconia Daily Sun: (9/25) – “If the quality is staying the same or better, and cost is going down, that’s a high-value healthcare alternative,” Corey A. Siegel, a doctor with a gastroenterology and hepatology practice at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center said. Elizabeth Harrison, a family nurse practitioner at Families First Health and Support Center, a community health center in Portsmouth and the other practitioners at Families First found that telehealth opened more appointment slots, and also reduced no-shows, which can be costly for a practice. For patients who have transportation challenges, it is particularly helpful.
Business Insider: (9/25) – Best Buy announced a partnership with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant to launch a telehealth-enabled flip phone for seniors.