With the sweeping rise of COVID19 telemedicine has taken healthcare by storm. During the local surges, this served as a mandated way of maintaining safe distancing. But as things come back to a new normal and as we decide where telemedicine fits in to a clinic structure it might be worth asking: should patients have the option for in-person care. Is refusing ... Continue Reading about Refusing Telemedicine – Can Patients Opt-out of Remote Care?
In the next iteration of pharmacy chains positioned as health delivery businesses, Walgreens announced that they will attach primary care clinics to hundreds of their retail stores. In a partnership with clinic provider VillageMD, Walgreens will invest 1bn in equity over the next 3 years. From The Wall Street Journal on the Walgreens VillageMD ... Continue Reading about Walgreens VillageMD and the Retail Medical Home
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic hospitals are facing catastrophic financial challenges. The American Hospital Association estimates a four-month impact of $202.6 billion in losses for hospitals and health systems - That’s an average of $50.7 billion per month. With these mounting losses some systems ands organizations have jumped on board with a media ... Continue Reading about Stop Medical Distancing
The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has released a report, The Complexities of Physician Supply and Demand: Projections from 2018 to 2033, predicting a substantial future shortfall of physicians. The AAMC represents medical schools and teaching hospitals and offers services to its member institutions including medical education data. Trying to ... Continue Reading about The Problem with Predicting Physician Supply and Demand
Thanks for tuning in, as always. In more ways than one, things are heating up in Houston. We’re hangin’ in there. Me and my family are healthy. Lots of happy, cheerful children in our community are testing positive - so wear a mask and stand clear. Lots of healthy carriers among us. This post, Sicko Doctors and the Future of Drive-by Diagnosis, is the online version ... Continue Reading about Sicko Doctors and the Future of Drive-by Diagnosis
A recent STATNews First Opinion piece suggested that we’re seeing the abandonment of telemedicine by physicians after a strong start in 2020. Data from Phreesia shows early adoption in March 2020 with a fall off in May - This pattern reflects the earliest phases of the telemedicine hype cycle. Distracted and disillusioned maybe. Abandoned, no. So what ... Continue Reading about Telemedicine Hype Cycle and the Future of Remote Care