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Telemedicine set for steady rise after pandemic: Experts

Telemedicine, cited in a recent survey as having had the largest impact on workers compensation during the COVID-19 pandemic, appears poised to keep growing even as states reopen, experts say.
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9 Ways Virtual Reality (VR) Is Improving Healthcare Right Now

Technology and medicine go hand in hand. Check out how VR is making healthcare better for everyone right now.
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6 Companies That Are Taking Telemedicine By Storm

As with much of our “new normal,” consumers’ newfound telehealth habit won’t be going anywhere. Demand for telemedicine is expected to rise by 38% over the next five years as more and more patients become eager to take advantage of the convenience of digital healthcare.
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4 strategies for healthcare providers to make virtual care practical for seniors

As telehealth becomes mainstream, seniors will be forced to adapt – but we as healthcare providers have a duty to make this process as seamless as possible, so one of our most vulnerable populations does not get left behind.
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Will Amazon Move Into the Telehealth Space?

Amazon Care is rolling out to employees. Could customers be next?
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COVID-19 One Year Later: What’s Next for Virtual Care?

The pandemic has created demand for remote patient care and telehealth. Could Lenovo’s virtual care solution interface with such digital tools and provide the health data providers need?
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How American attitudes on telehealth have changed since the start of the pandemic

by Katie AdamsBefore the pandemic, 56.40 percent of Americans did not believe they could receive the same level of care from telehealth compared to in-person care, but recent polling shows 79.85 percent
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How a Virtual Care Mindset Leads to Greater Patient Acceptance and Sustainable Telehealth Growth

There’s no question that the demand for telehealth and virtual care has grown exponentially over the last twelve months. With that growth has come a fundamental shift in the attitude toward virtual care.
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3 Ways to Humanize the Virtual Health Care Experience

For telehealth to remain a significant force in health care after the pandemic subsides, digital tools will have to take human emotions into account in the ways they support patients and care providers. A growing array of offerings are doing just that. They are aimed at helping both parties build trusting relationships.
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Building Trust into Telehealth

Trust is harder to establish in a virtual conversation than in person. The limits of technology pose a variety of challenges. This article identifies them and makes recommendations for overcoming them.
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‘We are on a collision course’: As virtual care booms, experts call for new health data privacy protections

A drop in your daily step count. A missed period. A loss of hearing. If it’s collected by a smartwatch or wearable, that health data isn’t protected the same way
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Telehealth is ready for its second dose – introducing virtual care 2.0

While 2020 incited widespread adoption of video-based consultations, the healthcare ecosystem is now presented with a new mandate of delivering virtual care at scale. Fortunately, there are some companies up to the task.
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Three Common Characteristics Among Virtual-First Health Plans

Although payers are still exploring how to best use virtual care and telehealth technologies, virtual-first health plans have started to develop a couple of consistencies.
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USDA Invests $42 Million in Distance Learning and Telemedicine Infrastructure to Improve Education and Health Outcomes

Investments Will Benefit 5 Million Rural Resident
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Telemedicine use in Japan still at a nascent stage

The uptake of telemedicine is still at infancy stage in Japan compared to other countries in Asia such as China and Singapore.
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VR and AR Simulation Medical Training Can Reduce Medical Errors

by Adam Dougherty, MD, MPH Chief Medical Officer, SimXHuman error is an inevitable event in the practice of any trade, including healthcare and medicine. The errors made in medicine can have
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Telemedicine in Latin America: educating healthcare personnel

Investment in educational projects is one of the steps that public and private organizations in Latin America must take to boost the benefits of virtual health and telemedicine. An opinion
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Telemedicine in Latin America: invest to expand

In certain parts of Latin America, virtual health begins to take steps to meet the challenges and provide digital services to the population. One of the first is to design
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Telemedicine in Latin America: the pending digital divide

Despite the benefits they generate during the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual health and telemedicine need to overcome challenges to grow in Latin America. One of the most prevalent is the digital
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Telemedicine in Latin America: in search of trained personnel

The success of digital health and telemedicine depends on people with the training and experience to deliver top-caliber care. It is a visible reality in any territory, especially in Latin
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Telemedicine in Latin America: an introduction

The COVID-19 pandemic broke paradigms of human work and, as expected, changed the medical industry. It triggered the practice of telemedicine and digital health. Patients stopped visiting clinics and started
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These were the specialties that used telehealth the most in 2020: study

by Robert KingEndocrinologists and gastroenterologists were the specialty clinicians that used telemedicine the most last year during the onset of the pandemic, a new study found.The study, released Tuesday in the journal Health
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Virtual care to become ‘new normal’ throughout GCC countries

Experts forecast a sea change in the way healthcare is administered in the Middle East. They predict that virtual care solutions, which came to the fore during the pandemic, will remain at the forefront even after the situation has died down.
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Experts say telehealth and virtual medicine are the future of healthcare

Grand Rapids based technology company AvaSure is creating the hospital patient room of the future
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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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Doctors Use Smart Glass Technology To Reach Refugee Camps At Jordan-Syria Border Amid Pandemic

A team of doctors from countries around the world is using smart glass technology to reach refugees and remote communities along Jordan’s border with Syria during the coronavirus pandemic. Learn how the Children of War Foundation teamed up with Hippo Technologies, a tech company aiming to bridge the gap between physical care and virtual care.
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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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How Wearable Computing Can Meet the Challenges of Conducting Clinical Trials in the Era of Covid-19

Clinical trials are trying, even in normal times. The global pandemic has created a world of issues that exacerbate an already complex and inordinately long process. It has fueled massive disruptions that will inevitably have long-lasting effects on medical science.
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Forging trust in AI, sustaining the virtual care boom and other CES takeaways

Experts discussed the need for telehealth to be integrated with existing models. "If it's straight telehealth, we're not interested," said Lynne O'Keefe of venture capital firm Define Ventures.
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Hippo Technologies, Inc. Teams with EVERFI to Bring Comprehensive Wellness Program to Hippo HIVE™ Members

Hippo Technologies, Inc., a virtual care company delivering solutions for healthcare and medical education, announced today that it has teamed up with EVERFI Inc., the leading social impact education innovator, to enable Wellness and Mental Health Programs for the members of Hippo's Healthcare Institute for Virtual Education (HIVE). 
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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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Why are telehealth companies treating healthcare like the gig economy?

Telehealth has played an essential role during the pandemic, and it could do even more good in the years to come. But we are still in the very early days of its development. And if we are to realize telehealth’s full potential, then we must first reckon with the fact that there are serious flaws in the predominant way it is delivered today — flaws that endanger patients themselves.
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2021 Telehealth Outlook: What Medical Providers, Employers and Consumers Can Expect With the New Norm

The pandemic has pushed telehealth to the forefront of healthcare delivery. While the surge in virtual care was fueled by a need to mitigate exposure to COVID-19, it quickly became clear telehealth is more than a stop-gap solution. It’s now an essential part of the healthcare system – and a critical tool for businesses to address workforce needs while driving down costs.
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Virtual Reality Provides Lifelike Training For Doctors

Medical schools, training programs and hospitals are always looking for new ways to educate students and new doctors on how to effectively treat patients. Thanks to innovations in virtual reality technology, there are some fascinating new services available to help students practice and improve their abilities in lifelike scenarios.
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Avoiding Alert Fatigue and Clinician Burnout While Scaling Virtual Care

The ability to capture and surface data through remote monitoring is a necessary component of a high impact virtual care program. If used effectively, virtual care can dramatically improve patient outcomes, but at what cost? In this article, we discuss a critical obstacle to scaling virtual care that has the potential to dampen its transformative expectations. 
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Industry Voices – Will the country choose virtual care post-COVID-19? Yes—but only if it’s better

Today, telehealth is largely a matter of convenience—which in and of itself has great value in improving access and lowering costs. But telehealth will prove, in the coming months and years, that it will deliver better primary care to larger numbers of patients—and do so more efficiently than our current brick-and-mortar system. Here’s how...
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How Virtual Reality Is Aiding Mental Health Care

Due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic, technology has seen an increasing role in healthcare, with the current global crisis bringing a new level of interest into technology-based solutions for many of the ongoing health challenges. However, in recent years, virtual reality (VR) has already begun to be used to assist with treatment of mental health issues, such as anxiety disorders and phobias.
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How Physician’s Can Humanize Virtual Care

In the 1930s, physician house calls represented 40 percent of all physician-patient encounters. By 1980, that number had fallen to less than one percent. But the “golden age” of the physician house call has come full circle—albeit in a virtual fashion.
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It’s Time To Go All In On Telehealth

The COVID-19 pandemic catapulted telemedicine from an underused, value-added offering in employee benefits plans into the safest, most secure and sometimes only means of accessing health care. Now, as businesses move to reopen, employers need to resist reverting to the traditional brick-and-mortar health care model — and its escalating costs. 
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More than half of Americans would use virtual care, UnitedHealth Group survey finds

While the rush to telehealth adoption may have slowed a bit from its highs early on in the pandemic, the data show consumer interest in virtual care continues to be piqued.
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The Digital Health Boomerang

In a crisis, finding the “right” solution is much less important than finding the “right now” solution. During the COVID-19 pandemic, clinical practices scrambled to quickly transition care out of
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Myongji Hospital moves beyond telemedicine to provide ‘virtual care’

Earlier this month, Myongji Hospital opened the Virtual Care Center, the nation’s first integrated online and offline healthcare service provider that aims to offer “newly integrated life healthcare in the contactless era.”
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IS VIRTUAL EDUCATION THE CURE?

How virtual education may accelerate healthcare professional education during, and post, COVID-19 An essential component of healthcare professional education has historically been in-person and hands-on patient care and interaction under
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Access to Healthcare is a Human Right

Living during a pandemic can lead people to evaluate and re-evaluate long-held beliefs. They might discover that the everyday uncertainty strengthens some of their convictions and weakens others. If you
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Managed Healthcare Executive // How the COVID-19 Pandemic Has Changed Consumer Healthcare Behavior

Deloitte’s biennial Center for Health Solutions Survey of U.S Consumers shows a significant increase in virtual care visits versus pre-pandemic trends, and a reversal in consumers’ willingness to share health data following the COVID-19 pandemic. From 2018 to 2020, there was a decrease in consumers' willingness to share their data in all the areas measured, except for healthcare research, which stayed steady.
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McKinsey & Co // Telehealth: A quarter-trillion dollar post-COVID-19 reality?

COVID-19 has caused a massive acceleration in the use of telehealth. Consumer adoption has skyrocketed, from 11 percent of US consumers using telehealth in 2019 to 46 percent of consumers now using telehealth to replace canceled healthcare visits. Providers have rapidly scaled offerings and are seeing 50 to 175 times the number of patients via telehealth than they did before.
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