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Can technology decentralize the hospital?

For years, we have written about the need to decentralize the healthcare system to improve access, cost, and quality. The general hospital’s model of providing all healthcare needs under one roof overcomplicates care delivery, resulting in worsened care outcomes for patients and exorbitant hospitalization costs. This model spilled over to primary care, as well, where care is typically centered in the family physician’s office. Now,...

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To boost vaccination rates, policymakers should look to Jobs Theory

With the start of the new year many Americans are facing the harsh reality that major problems in our society are following us into 2021. However, one reassuring aspect of the new year is the rollout of COVID vaccines, which started last December. For many, the vaccine promises an eventual return to normalcy. But not everyone is equally excited about it. More than 25% of the public say they are either hesitant, or refuse, to get the...

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Is the US ready to bring healthcare back into the home?

Understandably, people do not want to go to a hospital or a doctor’s office in the middle of a pandemic.  Over the past several months, our research has focused on analyzing how COVID-19 may impact adoption of telehealth, which enables health professionals to diagnose and treat their patients remotely via video and audio. But what happens when patients need to access in-person care?  Home healthcare presents a compelling solution....

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Teletherapy’s post-pandemic staying power

Six months into the COVID-19 pandemic and one thing is certain: we are not going back to “normal” any time soon. As people across the country experience disruptions in their routines, elongated periods of isolation, loneliness, and fear of job loss, mental health status continues to be an overarching concern. Luckily, teletherapy services are stepping up to help address the ongoing mental health crisis that defines the new...

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Telehealth is taking off. Stakeholder alignment can ensure it lasts.

For years we’ve talked about the disruptive potential of telehealth. By enabling health professionals to diagnose and treat their patients remotely via video and audio, telehealth stands to greatly increase access to healthcare, and as a result, reduce costs through preventative screenings.  Since the onset of COVID-19, telehealth has skyrocketed as stay-at-home measures have forced more providers to connect with patients from home....

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At-home coronavirus testing may be the key to EverlyWell’s future growth

Amid all the chaos the coronavirus has unleashed on the planet, EverlyWell, a company we highlighted in our Innovators Worth Watching series back in October, has seized the opportunity to become an invaluable asset in fighting the pandemic, while also significantly expanding its customer base. EverlyWell provides at-home health and wellness testing by working with a network of professionally-accredited partner labs to provide and...