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The latest on health care technology and digital-enabled strategy

CMS expanded Medicare telehealth—again. Here are the 4 changes you need to know about.

by Jordan Angers and John League May 4, 2020

CMS on Thursday relaxed additional Medicare telehealth restrictions. This third wave of changes expands on previous CMS efforts to broaden patient use of telehealth in response to Covid-19.

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How to stand up telehealth fast for Covid-19—without undermining your long-term success

by Gillian Hughes, Sarah Hostetter, and John League May 1, 2020

With the spread of Covid-19, telehealth is quickly shifting from a "nice-to-have" to a "need-to-have" service for most ambulatory physician groups. But some groups question whether setting up a robust telehealth platform is worth the investment right now. Physician groups must balance the need to generate revenue now with the assumption that telehealth is going to remain a critical part of ambulatory strategy moving forward. 

Cheat sheet: 3 imperatives to leverage telehealth against COVID-19

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Q&A: How Relatient is helping providers communicate with patients about Covid-19

Andrew Rebhan April 27, 2020

Every year, we survey health system leaders about their upcoming technology priorities, and there has been one consistent theme: Consumer-facing technologies help deliver higher quality, more efficient care. Health care organizations are increasingly adopting digital capabilities, but current strategies often include a jumble of overlapping applications, websites, brands, and user accounts. Without a coherent technology strategy, patients can get lost along the way.

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The 5 types of data health care leaders are leveraging to answer key Covid-19 questions

Madhavi Kasinadhuni, Managing Director, and Pam Divack, Senior Analyst April 17, 2020

While randomized control trials are essential to provide robust data on treatment safety and efficacy, they also can take months—if not years—to conduct. But in today's Covid-19 world, clinical leaders need answers fast.

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5 ways UC San Diego Health outfitted its EHR to manage the Covid-19 outbreak

Mackenzie Rech April 16, 2020

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, University of California San Diego Health (UCSDH) leveraged and enhanced its existing EHR infrastructure to rapidly deploy standard processes, enable data-driven decision-making, and most importantly, support front-line clinicians.

We spoke with Chris Longhurst, a physician who serves as CIO and Associate CMO of Quality at UCSDH, to learn more about the organization's informatics strategy.

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Q&A: What it's like to deliver care—and empathy—to Covid-19 patients via telehealth

John League April 16, 2020

Telehealth is key to preserving capacity and productivity for clinicians. Unfortunately, that operational focus can feed a common narrative that virtual care does not allow patients and providers to have meaningful interactions.

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Q&A: How Kinsa is using its smart thermometers to track Covid-19 in real time

Andrew Rebhan April 10, 2020

In response to the Covid-19 outbreak, most people are following stay-at-home orders to slow the spread of infection. However, one of the challenges to assessing nationwide health (apart from the lack of available testing kits) has been obtaining real-time access to data to determine whether social distancing measures have been effective.

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Covid-19 is a 'black swan' for digital health startups—but these 3 types of companies could thrive

Andrew Rebhan April 9, 2020

This is not a blog about a Natalie Portman movie. It's about Covid-19—and I can explain why.

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