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Telemedicine

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Planning a Return to the Office

March 23, 2021

Do you have a plan for office work of the future? Policies about the mix of remote and in-office work have ramifications beyond short term cost and efficiency. Because of what we’ve gone through over the past year, we are about to enter a new era in the evolution of organizations. Decisions that CEOs make […]

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Pediatric dentists using teledentistry the most

March 11, 2021

From Becker’s: The percentage of respondents by dental specialty who said they were using any kind of virtual service, ordered from greatest to least: Pediatric dentist: 75.2 percent Orthodontist: 62 percent Prosthodontist: 42.3 percent Dental surgical specialist: 38.5 percent General practice: 33.1 percent Periodontist: 32.3 percent Source: Pediatric dentists using teledentistry the most: 7 stats […]

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Telehealth used in 30.1% of visits during COVID-19 pandemic

March 2, 2021

Telehealth visits accounted for approximately 30% of total outpatient visits early in the COVID-19 pandemic, with uptake varying among specialties and by patient characteristics… …Among specialties, telehealth was used at least once by 67.7% of endocrinologists, 57% of gastroenterologists and 56.3% of neurologists. However, the use of telehealth was considerably lower among some specialties, with […]

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Congress Gets Another Shot at Easing Telehealth Licensure Restrictions

March 1, 2021

From mHealth Intelligence: The TREAT Act, which has the support of dozens of health systems and connected health organizations, would allow providers to bypass licensing rules and use telehealth to treat patients in any state during the coronavirus pandemic. Source: Congress Gets Another Shot at Easing Telehealth Licensure Restrictions I have often made the point […]

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CES sees rise in telehealth tech in response to pandemic

February 8, 2021

From Las Vegas Review-Journal: “This year, with all of the digital health products, we’ve seen rapid acceleration of these technologies given the global pandemic,” said Lesley Rohrbaugh, director of market research for the Consumer Technology Association, which owns and presents CES. “It’s definitely a category that has been rising over the past few years. It’s been […]

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U.S. lawmakers reintroduce House bill safeguarding access to telehealth

February 1, 2021

I am a huge fan of the concept of telemedicine and teledentistry. I believe it has the potential to reduce costs and improve care to a remarkable degree. This is critical to solving the “Healthcare Crisis”. From  Healthcare IT News: WHY IT MATTERS The bill, which was first introduced in July 2020, would help safeguard […]

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Why the five-day workweek is outdated for working from home

January 26, 2021

From Fast Company: It’s time to get realistic about how people work in the 21st century. To the degree that we can acknowledge what is actually happening—and what is actually effective—we can begin to experiment with work hours in ways that simultaneously increase productivity and well-being. Source: Why the five-day workweek is outdated for working […]

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Four Types of Teledentistry

January 4, 2021

From Teledent: Four Types of Teledentistry Live Video (Synchronous) Best described as a two-way interaction between patient and dentist, using audiovisual technology. Store and Forward (Asynchronous) Recorded health information, such as radiographs, photos, video, digital impressions or photomicrographs that is transmitted through a secure electronic communications system. The practitioner then uses the information to evaluate […]

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GOVERNOR CUOMO SIGNS DENTAL TELEHEALTH BILL

December 22, 2020

It should have been titled the ANTI Dental Telehealth Bill. From NY State Dental Association: The amendment protects dental patients by requiring that dental telehealth providers identify themselves to patients and provide their New York State license number. It also stipulates that patients undergo proper examinations, necessary X-rays, and reviews of medical and health history […]

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Teledentistry in action

December 21, 2020

So, Ruiz did what many people do when they have a question—she turned to the internet. That’s where she found a teledentistry app called Toothpic. Toothpic allows people like Ruiz who need a check-up or have a specific dental concern to snap a few photos of their teeth and submit them along with a short write-up of […]

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The shift to virtual and home care: An interview with Annie Lamont

December 7, 2020

Interesting, from McKinsey: “There is no doubt that the patient–provider experience during the past several months has accelerated virtual models of care by five to ten years. …Hospital systems have been the drivers of our healthcare system. Our nurses and doctors in those hospitals have been heroes throughout the COVID-19 outbreak. But the reality is […]

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ADA updates teledentistry policy

November 30, 2020

This is very disappointing. Dentists who deliver, direct or supervise teledentistry services should be licensed in the state where the patient receives services unless otherwise authorized by a state’s dental board, according to the policy. Patients have the right to know the identity and qualifications of oral health practitioners involved in the teledental encounter, costs […]

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Teledentistry App – Grin

October 27, 2020

Dvora Brandstatter used to drive her son Elchanan half an hour to the orthodontist and back every month to make sure his braces were working properly. Now, from the comfort of her home in Bergenfield, New Jersey, she attaches a special scope to her smartphone camera, opens an app and inserts the contraption into the […]

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Boston Dynamics Is Putting Legged Robots in Hospitals

October 6, 2020

From  IEEE Spectrum: For the past eight months, Boston Dynamics has been trying to find ways in which their friendly yellow quadruped, Spot, can provide some kind of useful response to COVID-19. The company has been working with researchers from MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Massachusetts to use Spot as a telepresence-based extension for […]

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Making healthcare more affordable through scalable automation

September 22, 2020

From McKinsey: As more healthcare companies start to implement automation technologies, the ability to coordinate across the organization in achieving scale will be a major determinant of success. Source: Making healthcare more affordable through scalable automation | McKinsey Another thoughtful analysis from McKinsey. The linked article looks at many business sectors, not just medicine/dentistry and analyses how […]

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Could your Fitbit or Apple Watch detect early COVID-19 symptoms?

August 3, 2020

From  Reuters: Fitbit and other wearable devices typically linked to exercise are being studied as ways to identify people who are potentially infected with COVID-19 before symptoms appear, when they can unknowingly spread the disease. Source: Could your Fitbit or Apple Watch detect early COVID-19 symptoms? – Reuters The linked article hits many of my hot buttons regarding future […]

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How business leaders (and dentists) can plan for the next normal

July 28, 2020

From McKinsey: The figures for telemedicine and virtual health are just as striking. Teladoc Health, the largest US stand-alone telemedicine service, reported a 50 percent increase in service in the week ending March 20, and is adding thousands of doctors to its network. The Federal Communications Commission is spending $200 million to improve connectivity between patients […]

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Telehealth: A post-COVID-19 reality?

July 16, 2020

From McKinsey: COVID-19 has caused a massive acceleration in the use of telehealth. Consumer adoption has skyrocketed, from 11 percent of US consumers using telehealth in 2019 to 46 percent of consumers now using telehealth to replace cancelled healthcare visits.1 Providers have rapidly scaled offerings and are seeing 50 to 175 times2 3 4 the number […]

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Virtual health: The next frontier of care delivery

June 18, 2020

From  McKinsey: For the past 10 to 15 years, virtual health has been heralded as the next disrupter in the delivery of care, but there has been minimal uptick in adoption. The COVID-19 pandemic is pushing against structural barriers that had previously slowed health system investment in integrated virtual health applications. Source: Virtual health: The […]

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OralEye teledentistry Network 

May 28, 2020

Provide Virtual Checkups For Patients Using Your Computer Source: OralEye Network | Join Today and start using teledentistry Another teledentistry resource.

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