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Maternal Health Advocates Welcome Virtual Care

Published Thursday, May 7, 2020
My last in-person prenatal visit was March 16. Only symptomatic patients were wearing masks and we were all getting used to eyeballing a 6 foot distance. Since then, I’ve taken my own vitals and had two visits over Zoom. So my doctor sent me this blood pressure cuff - and once a week I take my blood pressure at home and I enter it into an app on my more»

How will COVID-19 change healthcare over the next 18 to 36 months?

Published Wednesday, May 6, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has been characterized as a black swan—an event that happens so rarely that it is incredibly hard to predict and even harder to prepare for. With the benefit of hindsight and knowledge of our current reality, this blog series approaches and attempts to answer a series of questions about our present state and our future. The first more»

The New Language of Telehealth

Published Tuesday, May 5, 2020
As I wait for the interpreter to call the mother and then connect me into our three-way call, I berate myself for how bad my Spanish has become. I imagine it will continue to get worse. But what I am also realizing in this 30 seconds of dead airtime is that my overall communication skills are dwindling, too. I realize that in normal, non-Covid times, I do a more»

"Why the Telemedicine Physical is Better than You Think"

Published Monday, May 4, 2020

Physicians who are new to telemedicine often fret about the appropriateness – and the limits – of a remote physical. Here are a few lessons we’ve learned at JeffConnect. 


Home Eye Test for Children and Adults

Published Friday, May 1, 2020
It is possible to do some basic testing of your vision and the vision of your family members and friends at home. Home eye testing is not a substitute for a complete medical eye examination by an ophthalmologist. Testing your vision at home will not be as accurate as what your ophthalmologist can do. But home eye testing could help you discover a problem more»

CMS Opens Medicare Telehealth Waivers to Include Physical, Occupational, Speech Therapists

Published Thursday, April 30, 2020
More than a month after the federal government issued widespread waivers to expand telehealth coverage amid the COVID-19 pandemic, therapists will finally be able to provide remote interventions under Medicare. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Thursday announced that it will allow physical, occupational, and speech therapy more»

IRHA awarded $828,000 in HRSA funding to help combat COVID-19 in rural communities through technical assistance for telehealth

Published Wednesday, April 29, 2020

IRHA telehealth group presently dealing with “phones ringing off their hooks and floods of e-mails” requesting assistance in establishing and leveraging telehealth resources.


COVID-19 physician well-being initiatives embrace family needs

Published Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Washington saw its first case of COVID-19 in January and its first death from the virus in February. Three months later, the state continues to battle this crisis that has placed added stress and anxiety on physicians and other health professionals. To address stress during COVID-19, the University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine in Seattle provides more»