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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|

Where Has AI Made Real Progress in the Healthcare Sector?

Artificial intelligence has a way of capturing public interest. Newspaper headlines and startup pitches alike present visions for the future that seem, at times, only a step removed from science fiction. Take the aviation sector as an example. Last year, writers for Bloomberg reported that multiple companies -- from industry powerhouses like Boeing to tiny [...]

By |2019-12-18T18:32:03+00:00December 18th, 2019|Blog|

Ophthalmology Access for Low-Income Families: Where We Are, Where We Should Be

Access to preventative ophthalmic care is not as widespread as it should be, particularly among lower-income communities. Recent statistics indicate that one out of every five children in the United States has vision problems. However, according to a 2016 report from Project HOPE, an international healthcare organization, children in less-affluent households are significantly less likely [...]

By |2019-07-08T20:43:36+00:00July 15th, 2019|Blog|

Interesting Advancements in Ophthalmology

Recent advancements in ophthalmologic research have allowed for significant innovations in surgical procedures and care. Not all of these developments are yet FDA-approved, however, they do show promise to help patients retain their sight when confronted by vision-destroying diseases. Below, I highlight a few of the most interesting advancements in current ophthalmology research and practice.  [...]

By |2019-07-08T13:40:45+00:00July 8th, 2019|Blog|

Opportunities for Care Delivery Innovation in Women’s Healthcare

There is a clear opportunity for care delivery innovation in the field of women’s health. The field encompasses a spectrum of gender-specific needs that a woman will encounter over her lifetime; however, common understanding and practice can incorrectly limit women-specific healthcare to the reproductive system.   Critical biological and behavioral differences between genders often impact [...]

By |2019-04-10T19:29:28+00:00April 10th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Integrated Care: A New Model for Pediatric Treatment

The cost of healthcare fragmentation is a steep one, both in cost and patient outcomes. When most laypeople plan for specialized care, they anticipate a straightforward process. If a patient has a heart condition, they can make an appointment with a local cardiologist; if they have a mental health concern, they can reach out to [...]

By |2019-11-26T20:42:40+00:00February 6th, 2019|Blog|