Tag: telemedicine

Technically Legal in Northern Ireland, Abortions Are Still Unobtainable

LONDON — A week after abortion was supposed to become freely available in Northern Ireland, women continue to be denied access to services and are instead enduring an eight-hour ferry ride to Liverpool, England, despite the coronavirus lockdown. The collapse of Northern Ireland’s devolved government in 2017 allowed the British Parliament to step in last […]

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Many Dermatology Practices Stay Open, Ignoring Public Health Pleas

Though public health officials are urging medical practices to use virtual patient visits to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, a surprising number of dermatology offices, many of them owned by private equity investment firms, remain open for in-person skin checks and other nonurgent services. Many dermatologists have closed their offices, instead examining rashes […]

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New Battle for Those on Coronavirus Front Lines: Child Custody

Last month, Dr. Bertha Mayorquin, a New Jersey physician, told her soon-to-be ex-husband that there was a change in plans. After two weeks of providing treatment by video as a precaution against the coronavirus, she would resume seeing patients in person. But when she left work on a Friday to pick up her two daughters […]

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‘Thanking God for My Breath’: Dispatch From New York’s Frontline

“The hospital unit felt ‘like a pressure cooker.’” — Dr. Dara Kass, associate professor of emergency medicine at Columbia University Medical Center [In Her Words is available as a newsletter and this profile is part of a series looking at women at the forefront of the fight against coronavirus. Sign up here for more profiles […]

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Tyto Care raises $50 million to grow its telehealth examination and diagnostic platform

With social distancing, self isolation, and remote working emerging as the standard behavioral protocol to combat the COVID-19 outbreak that has claimed nearly 80,000 lives so far, this is creating new opportunities for fledgling industries and technologies to step up and show their true worth. And that includes telehealth. While the ability to delivery health […]

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Where Have All the Heart Attacks Gone?

The hospitals are eerily quiet, except for Covid-19. I have heard this sentiment from fellow doctors across the United States and in many other countries. We are all asking: Where are all the patients with heart attacks and stroke? They are missing from our hospitals. Yale New Haven Hospital, where I work, has almost 300 […]

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Just When They’re Needed Most, Clinics for the Poor Face Drastic Cutbacks

SEATTLE — Providers of health care in the nation’s poorest neighborhoods are used to toiling below the radar, treating chronic diseases and other ravages of poverty in places many Americans never see. But the spillover effects of the coronavirus, in cutting off routine procedures and checkups that are the day-to-day rhythm of medical economics, are […]

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Telemedicine Arrives in the U.K.: ‘10 Years of Change in One Week’

LONDON — A housebound 92-year-old man had red, throbbing legs. A younger patient was complaining of a lump in his armpit. And the self-isolating residents of a nursing home needed checkups. Those maladies and needs, once a waiting room’s worth of problems, are now being handled online and over the phone as the coronavirus fans […]

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98point6 raises $43 million to expand its AI-powered telehealth service

98point6, a telemedical startup whose platform pairs clinicians with AI to provide text-based care, today announced that it secured $40 million in financing. CEO Robbie Cape, a former Microsoft executive and the founder of the family organization company Cozi, said the capital would be used to hire three times more physicians by the end of […]

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Babylon Health claims its AI accurately triages patients in 85% of cases

A team of researchers at Babylon Health, the well-funded UK-based startup that facilitates telemedical consultations between patients and health experts, claim that they’ve developed an AI system capable of matching expert clinician decisions in 85% of cases. If it holds up to scrutiny, the system could lift a burden off of the overloaded U.S. health […]

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Out of Retirement, Into the Coronavirus Fight

As the fast-rising tide of sick people overwhelms hospitals and infects the doctors and nurses delivering care, officials across the country and around the world have asked retired health care workers to help reinforce systems in crisis. Raising their hands, they feel at once resolute and torn, weighing their expertise and desire to serve against […]

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Keeping Older People Safe During the Coronavirus Crisis

In the United States today, there are approximately four million older adults who are not in nursing facilities but who need help with personal care (bathing, dressing or eating) and another 3.5 million older adults who need assistance in areas such as finances and cooking to live independently. These older adults depend on caregivers, either […]

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Startups Are Eager to Push At-Home COVID-19 Testing for Profit

The coronavirus pandemic has only just gotten started in the continental U.S., but testing for the virus is already a mess. While the Families First Coronavirus Response Act mandates that medical providers and insurers must provide testing free of charge, tests remain widely unavailable, thanks in part to private companies and labs that have been […]

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Make Abortion More Available During the Pandemic — Not Less

It’s hardly new for anti-abortion politicians to seize on any excuse to try to restrict women’s bodily autonomy, but it is a new low to exploit a pandemic that’s already cost hundreds of American lives, and threatens many thousands more. In recent days, leaders in several states — including Texas, Ohio and Louisiana — have […]

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Coronavirus Is Making It Harder for People to Get Birth Control

For the last three years, Mikayla Lloyd has gotten her birth control pills from the student health center on campus at Florida State University. Whenever she needed to pick up a refill, she would stop by the health center on a day she had classes, since, to save money, she lives at home with her […]

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How to Protect Older People From the Coronavirus

Amid the uncertainty swirling around the coronavirus pandemic stands one incontrovertible fact: The highest rate of fatalities is among older people, particularly those with underlying medical conditions. Of the confirmed cases in China to date, nearly 15 percent of patients over 80 have died. For those under 50, the death rate was well below 1 […]

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Fact Check: Trump’s Claims About His Response to the Coronavirus

As he declared a national emergency over the coronavirus outbreak, President Trump attempted to deflect criticisms of his administration’s response to the virus with inaccurate claims. Here’s a fact-check. what the facts are Mr. Trump wrongly blamed the Obama administration for coronavirus testing shortages and falsely said it “didn’t do testing” during the swine flu […]

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Trump’s False Claims About His Response to the Coronavirus

As he declared a national emergency over the coronavirus outbreak, President Trump attempted to deflect criticisms of his administration’s response to the virus with inaccurate claims. Here’s a fact-check. what the facts are Mr. Trump wrongly blamed the Obama administration for coronavirus testing shortages and falsely said it “didn’t do testing” during the swine flu […]

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Doctors and Patients Turn to Telemedicine in the Coronavirus Outbreak

The man had recently traveled, including a brief stop in Tokyo. He had a fever and cough about a week ago, but was now feeling fine. He called the virtual medical line set up by Rush University Medical Center in Chicago recently to help screen patients for coronavirus. “He said all the right buzzwords: cough, […]

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K Health raises $45 million to apply AI to telemedicine

Approximately 87% of all Americans are covered by some form of health insurance, but that’s not to suggest they don’t spend an exorbitant amount on regular doctor’s appointments. The average charge for patients with problems requiring comprehensive evaluations is $234, according to the Healthcare Blue Book, which doesn’t account for transportation to the office and […]

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