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ThinkLabs founder on healthcare innovations: 'Convenience always wins'

Published Thursday, October 22, 2020
As the COVID-19 crisis began sweeping through the country this spring, hospitals sought a way for clinicians to treat infectious patients while maintaining distance from them if possible. In that way, ThinkLabs founder Clive Smith told Healthcare IT News, smart devices that measured vital signs remotely, including from outside the exam room, became more»

How one mental health provider is using its own telehealth spinoff to boost virtual care

Published Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Harbor is a nonprofit mental health and substance use disorder treatment provider based in Toledo, Ohio, that has been addressing community needs for more than 100 years. It serves more than 23,000 individuals annually. Lighthouse Telehealth is a subsidiary of Harbor, formed in 2018 to meet the growing demand for telehealth. It also includes all IT, more»

How one provider is transitioning from WebEx and Skype to a full telehealth platform

Published Tuesday, October 20, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic introduced new challenges for all healthcare provider organizations. At Maple Knoll Communities in Cincinnati, staff faced the challenge of protecting their residents from the virus while also providing high-quality medical care. THE PROBLEM Limiting access to the skilled care and assisted living areas was one of the greatest more»

Illinois Coalition Urges Lawmakers to Enact Telehealth Payment Parity

Published Monday, October 19, 2020
A coalition of healthcare organizations is pressuring Illinois lawmakers to mandate payment parity for telehealth services. The call to require payers to reimburse providers for telehealth services at the same rate as they do for in-person care is part of a 10-part request to make permanent emergency provisions enacted earlier this year to improve more»

Global Edition Government & Policy HHS Secretary Azar touts Trump admin's digital health response to COVID-19

Published Friday, October 16, 2020
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar this week praised the Trump administration's technology response to the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting its efforts on data collection, telehealth expansion and more. During a brief speech Tuesday evening at the HLTH VRTL 2020 conference, Azar highlighted the efforts of HHS to collect data more»

Judy Faulkner talks lessons learned from Epic's COVID-19 response

Published Thursday, October 15, 2020
Epic CEO Judy Faulkner on Monday offered her perspective on how the company has responded to the COVID-19 crisis – and described some of the lessons learned along the way. She spoke during a discussion at HLTH VRTL 2020 Monday with longtime Kaiser Permanente CEO George Halvorson, who is now chair of the Institute for Intergroup Understanding. "The more»

Illinois Coalition Urges Lawmakers to Enact Telehealth Payment Parity

Published Thursday, October 15, 2020
A coalition of healthcare organizations is pressuring Illinois lawmakers to mandate payment parity for telehealth services. The call to require payers to reimburse providers for telehealth services at the same rate as they do for in-person care is part of a 10-part request to make permanent emergency provisions enacted earlier this year to improve more»

FDA Launches the Digital Health Center of Excellence

Published Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it is launching the Digital Health Center of Excellence within the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH). The launch of the Digital Health Center of Excellence is an important step in furthering the agency’s overarching dedication to the advancement of digital health technology, more»