Doctors scrambled to shift to telemedicine when the coronavirus hit the U.S earlier this year. Providers went from averaging 5,000 telemedicine visits a month before the pandemic to 200,000 visits just in April.
An A.I.-enabled diagnostics firm has begun a new multicenter trial with Mount Sinai, and medical schools at Yale, the University of Michigan, Johns Hopkins and Rutgers to predict long-term kidney disease risk in recovering COVID-19 patients.
Michigan Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed Republican-sponsored legislation that would have given more health providers and facilities legal protection from lawsuits in any state-declared emergency and have extended the immunity during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Revenue losses at hospitals and outpatient surgery centers may have exceeded $5 billion from canceled knee and hip replacements alone during a roughly two-month hiatus on elective procedures earlier this year.
Vilified, threatened with violence and in some cases suffering from burnout, dozens of state and local public health officials around the U.S. have resigned or have been fired amid the coronavirus outbreak.
The coronavirus pandemic has forced providers to dramatically increase their use of digital tools, but doing so requires more than just flipping a switch. As chief digital officer at Prisma Health, Dr. Nick Patel has been at the forefront of expanding telehealth services to different patient populations.
Over the past several weeks, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan said it has been seeing a steady increase in weekly and monthly healthcare claims, which suggests people are resuming elective procedures delayed by concerns over COVID-19.
President Donald Trump has bypassed Congress as he claimed the authority to defer payroll taxes that fund Medicare and replace an expired unemployment benefit with a lower amount after legislative negotiations on a new coronavirus rescue package collapsed.