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Addressing 2021 challenges with virtual care

Given the risk of infection and transmission, skilled nursing facilities have enacted restricted visitor policies during the pandemic. As a result, family caregivers and external clinicians such as therapists, wound care nurses or behavioral health specialists have been prohibited from visiting patients. To maintain the safety of a facility’s patients and staff, virtual visits are…

Behavioral telemedicine can improve geriatric mental health

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, skilled-nursing facilities have focused – rightly so – almost entirely on infection control and maintaining the health and safety of residents and staff. These facilities acted quickly to restrict visitor access and limit resident activities. With these actions, however, came increased loneliness, depression and isolation for elderly residents.…

What 2021 has in store on the legal front

Everyone has been celebrating that 2020 is over, and who can blame them? Yet, I can’t help think the legal issues facing long term care in 2020 won’t necessarily go away in 2021. Some of the lingering issues are problems, and some are just changing the way facilities operate, sometimes for the better. Here is…

Bluestream Health integrates language interpretation services

Telehealth provider Bluestream Health has announced an integration with LanguageLine Solutions to provide on-demand translation services. Serving more than 50,000 providers, Bluestream delivers over 100,000 virtual care visits. The new integration enables on-demand, one-touch access to more than 13,000 professional, medically trained interpreters in more than 240 languages. Connections are made in seconds, with no…

Telememory launches pilot serving isolated memory care patients

Telememory, a telehealth startup using artificial-based digital reminiscence technology to share memories and track emotional responses, has launched an Alpha testing program at Delmar Gardens Enterprises. The monthlong program seeks to connect memory care patients and families to their legacies while promoting the psychological health and well-being of residents at the skilled nursing, assisted living…

Virtual care offers tangible benefits near end of life

Out of the challenging conditions COVID-19 has posed to healthcare providers and patients, solutions have arisen that could reshape the nation’s healthcare system into a more flexible, inclusive model — if they are permitted to be fully explored and implemented. Chief among these is telehealth. Once dedicated mainly to extenuating circumstances or remote, underserved locations,…

The what, why and how of “real” telehealth

During the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Medicare 1135 waiver immediately expanded the use of telehealth and bypassed HIPAA requirements, allowing essentially any video chat application to be used for remote patient visits. Within days, free video chat apps of all sorts became widely used by skilled nursing facilities and practically all other healthcare provider…

3M, Eko partner on stethoscopes

3M and Eko are marrying Littmann stethoscope technology and dependability with advanced Eko digital innovations in a new collaboration. The 3M Littmann CORE Digital Stethoscope offers clinicians access to both analog and digital auscultation options and connects to Eko’s software and artificial intelligence algorithms to help clinicians better interpret sounds and detect heart murmurs. Benefits…

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