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How Healthcare IT Teams Can Cut Costs During the Pandemic

IT spending has changed drastically during COVID-19, putting the onus on leaders to explore new ways to ensure care continuity with limited funds and staff resources.

U.S. nonfederal hospitals lost approximately $161.4 billion in revenue during the four months after the pandemic was declared, the American Hospital Association notes, while the net financial impact of COVID-19 hospitalizations during that time will be $36.6 billion.

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What Does the Future Hold for Telehealth?

Once considered a complementary mode of care, telehealth has become essential. Clinicians and IT teams — regardless of location or specialty — have quickly scaled up virtual care offerings to conserve supplies and reduce exposure to COVID-19.

Swift government action supports the shift: A $2 trillion coronavirus response bill signed by President Donald Trump includes the temporary waiving of Medicare’s geographic restrictions on telehealth and broadens the types of devices allowed to conduct a visit.

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Why More Doctors Are Going Digital

Here’s a welcome diagnosis: Nearly 9 in 10 physicians see an advantage in using digital health tools, according to new research from the American Medical Association. Released in February, the study also found increased use of seven tools or areas compared to findings of a prior survey conducted in 2016.

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