Patient Engagement

By Bill Siwicki 12:45 pm March 26, 2020
Olympia, Washington-based Physicians of Southwest Washington is taking advantage of a health IT vendor’s free tech in an effort to gain efficiencies in coronavirus triaging and to see patients remotely.
By Mike Miliard 02:42 pm March 25, 2020
The CIO of Arizona's Health Current describes the health information exchange's efforts to serve its participants during the COVID-19 crisis – and discusses its ongoing efforts to boost data quality and consistency across the state.
Mobile chatbot tech improves ER patient experience at Banner Health
By Bill Siwicki 02:05 pm March 25, 2020
Meanwhile, clinical teams also experienced workload relief because they were getting fewer duplicate questions – and dealing with fewer frustrated patients.
By Fred Bazzoli 10:37 am March 25, 2020
A screen mounted to a mobile cart can enable physicians to assess patients at a safe distance – even when they're both in the same healthcare facility.

Credit: Chokniti Khongchum

By Ahmed El Sherif 10:37 am March 20, 2020
Lebanon’s Berytech Fab Lab is offering up to a $10,000 grant to five heathtech startups working on a solution that can help combat the current coronavirus pandemic.
Telemedicine during COVID-19: Benefits, limitations, burdens, adaptation
By Bill Siwicki 03:09 pm March 19, 2020
Telehealth tech is in the spotlight for coronavirus care. And it’s helping. But what are its limitations, and how are hospitals adapting?
By Mike Miliard 10:18 am March 18, 2020
The privacy watchdog won't impose penalties on providers who use non-HIPAA-compliant remote communications technology during the public health emergency. 

CMS Administrator Seema Verma

By Mike Miliard 02:57 pm March 17, 2020
CMS says the move to reimburse physicians will enable beneficiaries to get telehealth services in physician's offices, hospitals, nursing homes, rural health clinics – and their homes.
Health system uses telehealth to steer patients away from ER, urgent care

WakeMed Health and Hospitals Raleigh Campus.

By Bill Siwicki 12:33 pm March 17, 2020
At WakeMed Health and Hospitals, 61% of patients who used virtual urgent care would have gone to an urgent care facility; 14% would have gone to an emergency room.
By Fred Bazzoli 11:15 am March 17, 2020
Health plans will be responsible for data sharing and patient access in a way they're not used to. "A lot will have to go into meeting that deadline," one expert says.

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