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Does Telehealth Address All Patient Care Access Barriers?

Direct-to-consumer telehealth has been heralded as a key solution to common patient access to care barriers, including geographic barriers, limited appointment availability, and healthcare affordability issues. But new research shows that most of the patients using telehealth use it to overcome appointment availability patient care access challenges. The data, published in JAMA Network Open, found that the most frequent direct-to-consumer (DTC) telehealth users tend to be younger patients who live...

4 Ways Smartphones Improve Patient Engagement, Activation

Most Americans use smartphones not only as a way to communicate with others, but to conveniently manage their day-to-day personal and professional lives in the palm of their hand. For healthcare, that means smartphones hold a lot of power for supporting patient engagement. PatientEngagementHIT.com outlines four specific ways smartphones are improving patient engagement and activation.

Once Hospitalized, Black Patients with COVID-19 Have Lower Risk of Death Than White Patients

While multiple research studies show that Black and Hispanic patients are more likely to receive a positive test result for COVID-19, a team of investigators at NYU Langone Health has found that once hospitalized, Black patients (after controlling for other serious health conditions and neighborhood income) were less likely to have severe illness, die, or be discharged to hospice compared with white patients. (Gbenga Ogedegbe, MD, MPH, the Dr. Adolph...

ADDITIONAL UPDATES

Few Clinical Studies Examine High Blood Pressure Treatments For Black Americans

High blood pressure affects Black adults in the U.S. more than any other group. But studies exploring its impact on them remain scant, an analysis of clinical trials over the past decade shows.

Mayo Clinic Study: Black Churches Are Trusted Messengers of COVID-19 Info To Their Communities

Now as the number of COVID-19 cases across the U.S. surge, cardiologist and health disparities researcherLaPrincess Brewer, MD along with other Mayo Clinic researchers are working closely with Black churches on disparities in emergency preparedness and providing access to culturally relevant, evidence-based health information. The early results of this research were published last week in Preventing Chronic Disease, the Centers for Disease Control...

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