Telemedicine Is Growing, But Is Security Lagging Behind?

While telehealth has undeniable strong points, there are still vulnerabilities in its adoption. One of the greatest is the ongoing battle to ensure the secure transfer and storage of patient medical records and personal data. Here are some of the top security concerns facing telemedicine and why its success hinges on our ability to overcome these challenges.

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For underserved patients, the promise of telemedicine still holds

Before the pandemic, telehealth was often sold as a luxury — available to people who paid an extra fee for concierge practices or whose companies offered telehealth as a benefit. But in the last year, it’s become a lifeline for many patients to access care and provides an important opportunity to reach underserved communities.

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Facebook’s Planned ‘Smart Glasses’ Coming Into Sharper Focus

Facebook’s expected release of its “smart glasses,” set for this year, continues to come closer into view. Facebook Hardware Chief Andrew Bosworth said that the social media company’s release of smart glasses will arrive “sooner rather than later” this year, Bloomberg reported. He also confirmed what the company said last fall (Sept. 17): that true augmented reality glasses are a ways off.

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Women are less likely to use video for telehealth care

A wide-ranging study published this past week in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that older people, women, Black and Latinx individuals, and patients with lower household incomes were less likely to use video for telemedicine care during the early phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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8 Digital Health Predictions For 2021

One of the silver linings of 2020 is that digital health is finally coming into its own. The disruption created by the pandemic is creating new opportunities for digital health startups. I spoke with five leading early stage health tech investors across the US and Europe about the trends they are seeing and their predictions for the year ahead.

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SPECIAL REPORT: Challenges and Opportunities for Telemedicine in Latin America

According to the United Nations for the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the challenges related to healthcare in the region “arise chiefly from inequalities in access to and quality of health care, demographic, and epidemiological changes in the population, the pressure exerted on health care systems by shortages of resources (professionals, infrastructure, supplies, etc.), and public expenditure sustainability issues.”

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Where Telehealth Is Headed In 2021

The telehealth industry saw demand rise incredibly quickly this spring as Covid-19 started sweeping through the Northeast. But while the spotlight on telehealth has been mainly related to its usefulness for infectious diseases, there are many other developments occurring in the industry that are on track to revolutionize the way many of us seek care. Here’s a look at where telehealth is going in 2021.

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