Mount Sinai researchers are the first in the country to use artificial intelligence (AI) combined with imaging, and clinical data to analyze patients with coronavirus disease (COVID-19). They have developed a unique algorithm that can rapidly detect COVID-19 based on how lung disease looks in computed tomography (CT scans) of the chest, in combination with patient information including symptoms, age, bloodwork, and possible contact with someone infected with the virus.
Beyond its human toll, the current situation is placing a significant burden on businesses around the world. Companies and institutions reacted quickly and responsibly, prioritizing the safety of their employees, customers and partners. Consequentially, established workflows and production chains were completely overthrown or halted within a matter of weeks. To recover from this unprecedented external shock – while at the same time continuing to ensure the highest level of safety for their employees – organizations will need to pursue new, innovative paths.
Invicro LLC, a Konica Minolta company, is working with Microsoft to create a free repository of COVID-19 diagnostic CT and X-ray datasets to facilitate understanding and treating this global threat.
As a way to limit patient risk of exposure during the COVID-19 pandemic, CMS expanded Medicare telehealth coverage, enabling beneficiaries to receive a wider range of health care services from their doctors without having to travel to a health care facility. This expansion temporarily pays clinicians to provide telehealth services for beneficiaries across the country, which some said was helpful to orthopedic surgeons when state governors announced the delay of all elective surgeries, non-essential medical, surgical and dental procedures during the COVID-19 outbreak.
CMS recently announced that video and chat apps that normally do not comply with HIPAA security and privacy regulations can be used to facilitate patient care during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services has temporarily suspended paperwork requirements for hospitals and is upping access to telehealth services in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
It was the first day after the San Francisco Bay Area declared that residents shelter in place, and I was getting ready to see patients. I generally dress in a dry-cleaned shirt, slacks, and a tie. I’m a pediatrician and feel parents deserve to see a physician in professional attire for all the money they pay for healthcare. Shelter in place, however, meant dry cleaning services might be closed for a long while. So I opted instead for jeans and a sweater—easy to wash and dry at home. Inside my car, I felt uncertain.
AI-based applications and chatbots help care providers in delivering nursing aid after being discharged from the hospital. This aspect helps shorten the provision of outpatient services and boosts the accuracy of examining patient compliance post-discharge.
Patients will soon have what HHS called “unprecedented” secure and free access to their health information. Two rules finalized by the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and CMS — meant to carry out the interoperability and patient access provisions under the 21st Century Cures Act — will allow patients to access their health data using apps so that they can make better health care decisions.