Earlier this week, we discussed the impact COVID has had on some of our everyday habits in terms of how we socialize with others in public spaces like stores, gyms, restaurants and even on dates all during a pandemic. While we can only offer so many social safety tips, it’s important to also note the overwhelming developments of digital engagement technology that continue to connect us with our loved ones, educate us even when schools are closed, provide virtual healthcare services in addition to stabilize our economy with remote workforce management. That’s why in part 2 of our “Living In 2021” blog series, we are going to discuss how these advancements have evolved how we define “social interaction” as well as what this year ahead will look like with continuity of communication as its focus.
A year ago today we had no idea what 2020 would have in store for us. Although we have each experienced trials and tribulations both collectively and individually, we are here today to face yet another new year full of opportunities. That being said, it will also be another year of navigating continuous change, so to stay safe but still manage to live your life, we’ve created a two part “Living In 2021” series that will cover what to expect and how to overcome the new “normal”.
To conclude our four part “Patient Innovation”#rtblogseries, today’s installment will discuss the advancements of RPM within the pulmonology industry. With a particular focus on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), we wanted to offer some informative, educational resources for people who suffer from COPD, providers who treat it and any others who want to learn more about how virtual care technologies are playing a major role in innovating new methods of patient management as well as expanding rural access to COPD treatments.
Over 50 million Americans live with chronic pain (1) and each one of their experiences differs from the rest. With pain being the most common and frequent medical symptom, it is important to understand the significance of properly managing and monitoring patients who endure chronic pain conditions like nerve damage, inflammatory diseases and acute injuries. For the third installment of our “Patient Innovation” #rtblogseries we wanted to provide you with some resources about why chronic pain matters and how RPM technology is innovating patient behavior.
Over the course of only a few months, the mental and behavioral health industry has procured increased awareness and advocacy for legitimizing the significance of both mental illnesses and behavioral health disorders. With over 40 million people suffering from depression and anxiety in the United States, 36.9% of them seek treatment while the other 38.5 million are facing it alone (1). As society becomes more aware of these issues, it is important that healthcare providers only continue to intervene by making services more accessible and affordable for the public. This second installment of our “Patient Innovation” #rtblogseries focuses on the differences between mental and behavioral health as well as discusses new technologies that have made virtual care more efficient and reliable for patients.
This year has truly changed the face of healthcare, both for the better and worse. With the pandemic, medical professionals have had to juggle an influx of new safety procedures as well as overcome the restrictions and liabilities of continuously providing services during a time when fear and panic are heavily influencing patient behavior in terms of electronic payment trends, increased scheduling flexibility and progressive preferences for alternative methods of care. These evolving segments of healthcare are leading to a surge of virtual innovations for both clinical management and patient engagement, including the overwhelming growth of remote patient monitoring (RPM) within certain medical specialties such as behavioral health, pulmonology, chronic pain management and more.
As part of National Men’s Health Week, the Men’s Health Network (MHN) is dedicated to provide medical screenings and educational resources for males of all ages. With these efforts, the MHN hopes to raise awareness and prioritize men’s health as a family issue. However, while a majority of men’s health problems involve physical diseases that can be preventable, it is also important to recognize the significance of mental health initiatives for men as well.
With today marking the beginning of National Men’s Health Week, we saw it fitting to do a small series of blogs dedicated to both the physical and mental wellbeing of males. From sons and fathers to brothers and friends, men play a significant role in everyone’s lives and it is important to recognize that their health is a priority. “Recognizing and preventing men’s health problems is not just a man’s issue. Because of its impact on wives, mothers, daughters and sisters, men’s health is truly a family issue.” Congressman Bill Richardson (Congressional Record, H3905-H3906, May 24, 1994).