Weekly News Roundup: June 12, 2020
COVID-19 and Telehealth
The coronavirus pandemic has stretched hospital resources, disrupted care delivery, and cost the healthcare industry billions of dollars in lost revenue. Is increased patient access through telehealth services a silver lining that will endure? In this week’s news roundup: how the pandemic has transformed the telehealth industry forever; why telehealth might foster better doctor patient relationships; how to scale telehealth solutions to increase patient access during COVID-19; and one hospital’s success story.
How to Scale Telehealth Solutions to Increase Patient Access During COVID-19
The reduction in non-emergent procedures and routine care has decreased access to care for patients and placed a financial strain on healthcare organizations. Health systems can help compensate for these setbacks through telehealth—the virtual delivery of care through digital platforms, including Facetime and videoconferencing.
How the Pandemic has Transformed the Telehealth Industry Forever
Telehealth use has skyrocketed during the outbreak—and the trend is probably here to stay. A pandemic of this scope naturally strains hospital capacity, and people with chronic conditions such as heart problems and diabetes likely don’t want to go into a hospital setting where they put themselves at risk.
Telehealth Shows Promise for Fostering Better Doctor-Patient Relationships
In a study from Mayo Clinic Proceedings, NYU Langone and Doctor on Demand showed how patients are finding value in virtual care, with many citing a rewarding rapport with their provider.
Silver Lining to Coronavirus Crisis: Telehealth May Improve Patient Adherence And Persistence
For decades, poor medication adherence has been recognized as a significant and persistent problem in the healthcare system. Numerous studies have shown that up to 50% of patients exhibit varying degrees of non-adherence and non-persistence. Telehealth services can be deployed as a tool to improve medication adherence and persistence.
Success Story: Virtual Visits and Analytics Enable Continued Delivery of Ambulatory Services During COVID-19 Pandemic
Texas Children’s Hospital introduced virtual visits to increase appointment availability in 2019. With the emergence of COVID-19, they were challenged to make data-informed decisions that would allow them to continue offering critically needed healthcare services, while ensuring the safety of its patients, staff, and providers.