At Aurora Health Care, a Milwaukee-based health system encompassing 26 hospitals and more than 600 other care sites, leadership decided to incorporate an RTLS platform into new clinic construction. With that technology in place, the health system has been able to boost patient visits and streamline provider and staff workflows so that patients spend as little time as possible waiting around.
The study, published in Device, gives new value to a digital health form factor that has seen its share of ups and downs, but could prove valuable in remote patient monitoring programs for a wide variety of health conditions.
A new study posted in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) by researchers from several notable health systems finds that diagnostic loop closures for colonoscopies, cardiac stress tests, and dermatology referrals were worse for patients after virtual visits than for those patients seeing their doctor in-person.
Technology investment choices are often challenging because of the lens in which the technology is viewed. Often seen through its end use, the cost of the technology can often overshadow the patient or clinical benefit of the technology. The end-use lens can also cloud how the technology works on a systemic level to improve the patient-family experience and improve patient outcomes.
The study, funded by the National Institute on Aging, focuses on post-intensive care syndrome (PICS), which can affect as much as 80% of discharged patients and leads to reduced clinical outcomes, poor quality of life, and rehospitalizations.
Federal officials have selected Amwell and Leidos to create a $180 million hybrid care platform that will replace the Military Health System (MHS) Video Connect program.
The study, compiled by clinicians at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, CA, and funded primarily by a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, sought to discern how well telemedicine addresses patient needs post-COVID public health emergency.
The DEA and Health and Human Services Department will publish the extension in the Federal Register this week. The decision comes after two public listening sessions last month and a public comment period on proposed telemedicine rules that garnered more than 38,000 comments, many of them critical.
Virtual nursing is all the rage these days, with health systems across the country launching telemedicine-based programs aimed at helping their beleaguered nurses. But with no clear-cut path to ROI, executives are uncertain whether the programs can be sustainable.
Rural hospitals are closing their labor and delivery (L&D) units at alarming rates, forcing more expectant parents to give birth in an ill-prepared emergency room or other location, like the back of an ambulance. At New Hampshire’s Dartmouth Health, officials are combining virtual learning and a hub-and-spoke telemedicine platform to address difficult and emergency births.