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Lessons Learned from 2020 Provide a Springboard for Increased Telehealth Adoption

While thinking about my keynote address at the 2021 American Telemedicine Association (ATA) annual conference, I kept coming back to Daniel Kahneman’s Nobel-prize-winning theory (his book is called Thinking Fast and Slow). This theory formed the basis for the field we now know as behavioral economics.  What Kahneman describes as heuristics (pattern recognition or System …

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The Need for a Gold Standard in Telehealth Education

According to the Consumer Technology Association, recent data shows that 59% of consumers use remote mental health services, 49% are using telehealth for physical health, and 37% are using health fitness apps – all increases compared to before the COVID-19 pandemic.  We have seen how telehealth, as a channel for healthcare delivery, expanded dramatically earlier …

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Goals For Telehealth For 2021

On New Year’s Day, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law a healthcare reform bill that is a metaphor for the state of telehealth as we put 2020 in the rearview mirror.  Telehealth advocates have plenty to be pleased with in the final legislation (see the American Telemedicine Association’s press statement here).  The law requires …

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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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Bring Your Own (Health Monitoring) Device: Progress and Challenges

As we see virtual visits go mainstream (witness the recent prime time TV ad from UnitedHealth Group during the Winter Olympics), adoption of remote patient monitoring is lumbering along, still in the land of early adopters. There are several reasons for this lag (and for the corresponding growth in virtual visits). The unit of service …

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Medicare Reimbursement for Remote Monitoring Should Drive Adoption (What a long, strange trip it’s been….)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2018 Physician Fee Schedule about two weeks ago and there is at least one nugget in there that should speed the adoption of remote patient monitoring.  In fact, the news is even better, but I’m getting ahead of myself.  First, let’s examine the broader context …

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The Next Fountain of Youth? Rethinking Connected Health for Our Aging Population

Last month I shared an update on my upcoming book, The New Mobile Age, and am excited to share a bit more about this work.  We continue to hit our editorial milestones for an end of October launch at the Connected Health Conference, and as I’m reading the manuscript for the final time before sending …

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The Path to Scale for Digital Therapeutics

Thanks to our friends at Omada and other companies in this space, the term ‘digital therapeutics’ is working its way into our lexicon. There are now many examples of how a digital intervention can have the same or better clinical outcome as a chemical therapeutic, demonstrating the power of connected health, particularly in the realm …

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When Will Healthcare Get Digital and Analog Integration Right?

I did a second stint on evening AM talk radio a few weeks ago for a program called Nightside with Dan Rea, which I really enjoyed.  Dan’s callers represent a genuine, down-to-earth view of the reality of connected health adoption.  The first time around, most callers were cautionary, raising concerns about data security and wondering …

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