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Rethinking Virtual Physician Visits at Banner

Christopher Stallings, Senior Director Digital Consumer, Banner Health.  In the wake of COVID-19, healthcare providers have needed to rethink the traditional waiting room experience. Banner Health has launched a virtual waiting room across its Banner Medical Group practices, encompassing 300 clinics across Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming.  Banner Health is using mobile chatbots to help patients remotely...

Spectrum Health offers cancer patients drive-thru treatments

In response to concerns regarding COVID-19, the Spectrum Health Cancer Center at Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion started providing the alternative option for care a few weeks ago.

PODCAST | UCLA – “Unprecedented,” UCLA Health’s John Mazziotta

One day, for the first time in my 39 years, there were no patients in the emergency department. It was a Sunday morning. Never seen that in my life....Heart attacks, strokes, mental illness—these people were not coming in....There are a lot of deaths that are indirectly going to be associated with COVID-19 even though the patients never had the infection.

Addressing the Rapidly Rising Behavioral Health Needs of Caregivers and Communities at Sharp and Baptist (AL)

Mary Kay Shibley, MSN, RN, Manager, Clinical Informatics, ECT Services and Technologies, Sharp Mesa Vista and Sharp McDonald Center; Ginger Henry, COO, Baptist Medical Center (AL); and Danny Gladden, MSW, LCSW, Director of Behavioral Health, Cerner.  This year has seen an unprecedented rise in the behavioral health needs of both caregivers and patients as a result of COVID-19 and...

Houston Methodist – Chief executives chart paths forward in uncertain times

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced businesses across industries to think not only about how they react to crises in the immediate term, but how they may need to position themselves to remain viable going forward. For some it is a matter of making some relatively minor accommodations, while others are looking at fundamental change.

VIDEO | Houston Methodist – Innovating on the front lines of a pandemic

Across the globe, doctors, nurses, and hospital staff are on the frontlines providing care to COVID-19 patients. Other healthcare workers are helping patients navigate telemedicine appointments and in-person essential care. Roberta Schwartz, Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer at Houston Methodist Hospital, discusses how her team is adapting to challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic. Houston Methodist was founded in 1919...

Providence – US primary health care can be cheaper and more equal. Here’s how.

Americans across the country have joined forces in fighting a common enemy: the Covid-19 pandemic. But one question starkly divides us during this crisis: Who is most at risk of dying from the virus? The answer does not reflect well on the US.

Cedars-Sinai doctors treat coronavirus with lab-grown human heart cells

Some critically ill COVID-19 patients at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center showed significant improvement after receiving an experimental treatment of lab-grown human heart tissue, researchers reported Tuesday.

Ascension hospitals launch mobile labs, bring testing to patients

St. Louis-based Ascension is sending mobile COVID-19 testing labs to patients' homes in Texas, according to The Stephenville Empire-Tribune.

The Keckley Report – The Questions That Must be Asked

This morning, Covid-19 deaths reached 79,528 in the U.S. and 282,872 globally. They’re staggering numbers none imagined. Each day, media reports this death tally and spotlights the heroics of our frontline caregivers. They update prospects for vaccines and drugs and the status of our social distancing. But the question they’re not asking is this: what will the coronavirus mean...