As “Pandemic Pet” Ownership Spikes, Vet Care Faces Critical Declines Amidst Burnout

As COVID-19 endures amidst new variant outbreaks, several pandemic-related trends have followed suit – namely an uptick in “pandemic pet” ownership. Shelters, breeders, and rescue centers have been inundated with hopeful pet owners looking to combat social isolation and existential anxiety.  Now, in face of countless new patients and pet-related inquiries, many veterinary clinics are [...]

By |2021-11-10T18:50:17+00:00November 11th, 2021|Blog|

Hospice Care vs. Palliative Care: Understanding Their Key Differences

Despite its benefits, many people are entirely unaware of palliative care. More than 70 percent of U.S. adults who took part in the Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS) in 2018 reported no knowledge of such care. Of those who claimed some knowledge, 38 percent mistakenly equated it to hospice care and 44.4 percent said [...]

By |2021-11-10T18:45:22+00:00November 10th, 2021|Blog|

How a Proposed Change in Drug Pricing Would Affect A Value-Based Model

Political discussion on how to solve America’s drug pricing problem has been ongoing for years, and for good reason.  Patients in the United States often face intimidating prices when filling their prescriptions. According to data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 8 percent of Americans do not take their medications as [...]

By |2020-12-04T16:17:41+00:00December 4th, 2020|Blog|

Should COVID-19 Aftermath Be of Concern for Primary Care Physicians?

Nine months into the pandemic, it has become clear that patients’ health problems may not end when their acute COVID-19 infection does.  While formal research into the virus’s long-term implications is still too nascent to provide clear insights, anecdotal evidence of post-recovery health problems has begun to mount. In mid-November, the Centers for Disease Control [...]

By |2021-04-06T20:10:14+00:00December 1st, 2020|Blog|

Assessing the Long-Term Impact of COVID-19 on Telepsychiatry Availability

Before COVID-19, the question of whether digital consultations would ever supplant in-person sessions as the industry norm would have been difficult to imagine. However, when faced with the choice of either shuttering their doors against the virus or migrating onto digital platforms, mental health professionals have overwhelmingly selected the latter. In June, the American Psychological [...]

By |2020-12-04T15:58:28+00:00November 20th, 2020|Blog|

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|

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|

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 |2021-06-28T15:21:54+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|