News and Reports
Forbes: (5/4) – Forbes identified five reasons why telehealth is here to stay and highlighted a March survey finding that 25% of consumer respondents had used telehealth prior to the current COVID-19 pandemic, 59% reported they are more likely to use telehealth services now than previously, and 33% indicated they would leave their current physician for a provider who offered telehealth access.
NJBIZ: (5/4) - The Novartis US Foundation awarded a $2 million grant over two years to the New Jersey Primary Care Association, which will use the funds to launch five telehealth programs to provide virtual primary and specialty care, including mental health services, to vulnerable uninsured and underinsured residents.
mHealthIntelligence: (5/4) – Wyoming, the nation’s least populated state is seeing a surge in telehealth use. Read how once physician has been spearheading the telemedicine effort in Wyoming.
Healthcare Finance News: (5/5) – Community Care Physicians medical group has used patient engagement technology to reduce its no-show rate by 35% by sending patient reminders about telehealth appointments.
mHealthIntelligence: (5/5) – Researchers are designing an mHealth wearable that attaches to the throat and monitors lung movement and breathing sounds for coughing and breathing problems associated with the Coronavirus.
Fierce Healthcare: (5/6) – CVS CEO Larry Melo said that utilization of telehealth and virtual visits through its MinuteClinic locations was up 600% compared to the first quarter of 2019, while home delivery of prescriptions was up 1000%.
Wall Street Journal: (5/7) – More school districts across the United States are adopting telehealth to provide mental health services as the country faces heightened fears of COVID-19, sparking increased anxiety and depression.
Wall Street Journal: (5/7) – Hospitals are exploring the use of artificial intelligence and robotics technologies to assess patients remotely in order to protect emergency-room and intensive-care personnel from COVID-19.
POLITICO: (5/7) – While telehealth is seeing its time in the spotlight, particularly disadvantaged communities without the means to get online are seeing their health disparities widen even more.
Health Affairs: (5/8) – Health Affairs published an article on telehealth during COVID-19 and ensuring that telehealth does not exacerbate disparities in care. Broadband access and digital health literacy are among some of the barriers to telehealth that disproportionally affect minority communities.
mHealthIntelligence: (5/8) – The US Department of Defense is launching a project aimed at using mHealth wearables to identify new treatments for people infected with the Coronavirus. The DoD is working with physIQ, a Chicago-based digital health company, to collect and analyze data in real time from both patients who have been infected by the COIVD-19 virus and those at high risk of exposure.