Healthcare organizations are increasingly vulnerable to cybersecurity breaches, which put patients’ safety, privacy, and financial stability at risk. Statistics have shown that from 2014 to 2022, 14,655 data breaches were reported in the United States, out of which the healthcare industry faced 4,959 breaches, the most by any industry.
Chronic diseases are the leading causes of disability and death in the U.S., and often result in increased health burdens and high expenditures. With the increasing prevalence of chronic disease and its associated costs, it is important to understand how telehealth can alleviate barriers to care and improve outcomes for those with chronic illnesses.
While there are many potential benefits to be found with telehealth, the burden placed on the clinical workforce must be considered carefully. A Mayo Clinic study found that approximately 62.8% of physicians showed signs of at least one manifestation of burnout in 2021 compared to 38.2% in 2020. Written by Aakanksha Deoli and Esther Martinez.
The use and reliance on telehealth as an alternative and/or supplement to traditional in-person health visits has increased significantly since the pandemic, with some patients indicating they benefited from the communication tool more than others.
Telehealth has experienced a boom in use since the start of the pandemic, offering safer, more convenient, and accessible alternatives to patients seeking care. However, telehealth is not without its pitfalls—namely, misdiagnosis and data privacy risks, both which can lead to medical malpractice.
Research by Williams et al. – Patient and Clinician Satisfaction with the Early Implementation of Telemental Health Services
Dr. Sharifa Z. Williams, Assistant Professor and colleagues found both clinicians and patients experienced a high degree of satisfaction with mental health care delivered virtually compared with face-to-face encounters.
The Latinx population saw a 295% increase in telehealth visits since pre-pandemic rates. Research indicates numerous potential benefits of telehealth, but several challenges must be addressed to facilitate the adoption and expand the utilization of this tool for underserved communities.
The latest NJPL blog addresses how digital literacy, one of the three barriers contributing to a digital divide, disproportionately impacts access to telemedicine for older people, people of color, and people with low socio-economic status.
In recent months, mental health has been one of the most common telehealth services by health insurance claims, but policymakers need to do more to ensure access post-pandemic.
New research published in Health Affairs, co-authored by Dr. Joel Cantor, evaluated the March 2020 initiative, formally known as the COVID-19 Temporary Emergency Reciprocity Licensure program.