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Five Ways Telehealth is Better Than In-Person Care

Five Ways Telehealth is Better Than In-Person Care Despite the hubbub around telehealth for the past 2+ years, I still hear providers (and some patients) talking about it in absolutes.  Some unattributed quotes:   “My patients prefer to see me in person.”   “I can’t make a diagnosis without the physical exam.” “Can the doctor take good …

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Planning for the Next Phase of Telehealth: Scenarios

Dealing with COVID-19 has been a true game of whack-a-mole for all healthcare stakeholders.  Here in the U.S., so much of telehealth’s penetration into care delivery is dependent on the state of the public health emergency, during which flexibilities put in place by the Administration have enabled utilization through generous reimbursement.  On March 15, President …

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Lessons Learned on Data Integrity in the Fight Against Covid

In January 2020, I agreed to take on responsibilities as Editor-in-Chief for Nature’s digital medicine journal, npjDigital Medicine.  With all of the on-the-job training, I have learned quickly how critical our associate editors and reviewers are and, thus, the high quality of the papers we publish.  It is easy to view this enterprise with pride, …

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Telehealth is a Critical Part of the Covid-19 Solution

We have had one case of Covid-19 so far in Massachusetts, and there is one reported case in Rhode Island. I am ambivalent about the media coverage on this virus. On the one hand, it has undoubtedly helped with containment efforts. However, I do wish the media would use less sensational descriptors when reporting on …

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Privacy is now an emergency in digital health

In 2014, my coauthors and I were putting together the concepts and passages that became The Internet of Healthy Things, published in 2015. Chapter 1 of that book describes a lively digital coach/companion, called Sam, who follows me throughout the day and, based on data collected through the Internet of Things, offers me advice and steers me …

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Facebook Thinks I Am My Father

My niece, Martha, posted throwback pictures from her 2001 wedding on Facebook, and one of them is a picture of my dad and his mate at the time. The other morning I woke up to a Facebook notification that “Martha posted a picture of me.” When I clicked through, sure enough, it was the picture …

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New Year, New Opportunities

2019 was an eventful year for me.  My last blog post was in August and in it, I mentioned two milestones -- the upcoming Connected Health Conference, as well as my excitement and gratitude for being offered the role of President-Elect at ATA, the preeminent organization focused on virtual care adoption.  Since then, I have …

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Program Highlights, a Surprise Offer and an Opportunity to Make a Difference

One of the benefits I’ve always enjoyed throughout my career has been meeting, engaging with and learning from many different thought leaders and influencers working within and adjacent to the connected health space. As Program Chair for the Connected Health Conference, we are delighted to have many of these visionaries presenting on the main stage …

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