Category: COVID-19 – Coronavirus

COVID-19 Sparks Boom in Digital Hospitals with Smart Technologies, Improving Quality of Care

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Frost & Sullivan’s recent analysis, Digital Hospitals: Creating Growth Opportunities in Patient Care during the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond, finds that digital hospitals that deploy smart technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), remote health monitoring, and robotics, deliver higher standards of patient care and hassle-free...

COVID-19 pandemic is shifting health systems’ innovation priorities

Providers have looked to telehealth to continue seeing patients and revenue cycle technologies to improve efficiencies. Jeff Lagasse, Associate Editor When the COVID-19 pandemic hit earlier this year, it presented health systems across the U.S. with a need to accelerate innovation during an unprecedented time that shut down many in-person...

Only 20% of health systems would continue telehealth if reimbursements return to pre-COVID-19 levels

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, most health systems (91 percent) have been able to fully meet telehealth demand thanks to decreased regulations and increased reimbursement rates.  For its “Top of Mind for Top Health Systems 2021: Digital health priorities in the era of COVID-19” report, KLAS Research partnered with Pittsburgh-based...

CMS Announces New Telehealth Services Covered by Medicare and Provides States with Medicaid and CHIP Telehealth Expansion Assistance

On October 14, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) expanded the list of telehealth services covered by Medicare during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. CMS also announced it would be providing additional support to state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) agencies in delivering telehealth services. CMS...

The Coronavirus Pandemic Has Exacerbated Existing Weaknesses in Telemental Health

Rates of emotional distress are surging amid a deepening economic recession, a reckoning with state violence against the Black community, and the COVID-19 pandemic. The closures and restrictions necessary to mitigate the coronavirus’ spread have also massively disrupted in-person, outpatient mental health care at a time when an unprecedented number of people need...

Utilizing telehealth in the ER can reduce wait times and patient length of stay

Telehealth adoption under COVID-19 has provided a blueprint for wider implementation across ERs and other healthcare venues. Jeff Lagasse, Associate Editor Telehealth has become more common given the current global pandemic. COVID-19 has limited doctor’s office and hospital visits to ensure safety for as many people as possible. But rather than...
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