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So far Vance Vanier has created 26 blog entries.

The Potential for Telemedicine Support in Emergency Medicine

While telemedicine’s applications in primary and senior home care have been extensively covered in journals and newspapers, comparatively little has been said about digitally-facilitated treatment’s place in emergency medicine. Telemedicine has significant, if relatively untapped, potential to boost efficiency and improvement care quality within the specialty. Several studies have considered the benefit that teleconsultations could [...]

By |2020-08-31T21:12:18+00:00August 31st, 2020|Blog|

“Waiting Out” COVID-19 Isn’t a Solution for Outpatient Care

The likelihood of a second COVID-19 wave occurring in the fall appears high to the point of inevitability. Given this, outpatient providers must make a concerted effort to inform patients that the instructions that they received in March (i.e., to avoid all “nonessential” healthcare procedures) are no longer relevant.  Outpatient clinics have taken significant steps [...]

By |2020-09-18T17:56:38+00:00August 27th, 2020|Blog|

Advanced Genomic Technologies May Speed COVID-19 Vaccine Development

Since its global debut at the start of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has simultaneously posed an exhausting challenge and sparked remarkable innovation worldwide. In no field is this more evident than vaccine development.  Over the last several months, healthcare researchers from all around the globe have collectively adopted a goal that would have seemed laughable [...]

By |2020-08-25T20:49:17+00:00August 25th, 2020|Blog|

How Can We Address COVID-19’s Disproportionate Effect on Black and Latino Communities?

It’s an unfortunate reality that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on people of color in the U.S. In particular, Black and Latino communities have experienced higher mortality and infection rates. As an example, recent CDC data published by the New York Times indicates that African Americans and Latinos residing in the United [...]

By |2020-08-25T20:43:30+00:00August 18th, 2020|Blog|

COVID-19 Has Accelerated Genomic Sequencing Research

COVID-19 has compelled the global research community to push the boundaries of genetic sequencing in virus identification and tracing. For all the problems that the pandemic presents, we have never been in a better position to explore the applications of genomic epidemiology. Advances in technology have allowed us to sequence, track, and map genes faster [...]

By |2020-08-07T17:25:51+00:00August 7th, 2020|Blog|

COVID-19 Poses (Avoidable) Risks to Women’s Healthcare Access

A soon-to-be-mother makes last-minute changes to her birth plan as she sees COVID-19 cases climb at her chosen hospital. A young professional cancels her scheduled OB-GYN appointment, anxiously considering the risk of infection. A college student watches her supply of birth control dwindle as her campus clinic remains closed. Since the onset of COVID-19, women [...]

By |2020-08-07T17:20:51+00:00August 3rd, 2020|Blog|

The Doctor is a Video Call Away, But for How Long?

A mother, torn between her worry over her young son’s rash and the fear of leaving isolation, finds solace in a phone consultation with a pediatrician. A confirmed COVID-19 patient quarantines at home, knowing that his texted check-ins with his primary care physician will help him get car without putting others at risk. An elderly [...]

By |2020-06-24T19:13:58+00:00June 24th, 2020|Blog|

Using Digital Tools to Support Women’s Health

In a time when more patients than ever are seeking digital touchpoints, those in the primary care sector would do well to consider how digital tools could be used in conjunction with in-office care to support female patients’ everyday health.  In recent years, direct-to-consumer solutions have significantly expanded women’s access to contraceptives, fertility tracking, and [...]

By |2020-06-12T16:49:41+00:00June 12th, 2020|Blog|

Will Privatizing the VA’s Mental Healthcare Services Help Lower Veteran Suicide?

In recent years, American veterans’ need for high-quality mental healthcare has become painfully apparent as rates of veteran suicide have reached new and troubling heights.  The suicide rate for veterans currently stands at 1.5 times higher than that for non-veteran adults, even after adjusting for population differences in age and sex. According to statistics provided [...]

By |2020-06-12T16:44:48+00:00April 12th, 2020|Blog|