Archive by author: Howard RosenReturn

Howard is the innovator behind LifeWIRE technology. He is widely recognized as a healthcare IT entrepreneur and thought leader. Connect with him through @LifeWIREConnect on Twitter and @HowardRosen129 on LinkedIn.

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Patient Engagement for COVID-19 Vaccine Development

Patient Engagement for COVID-19 Vaccine Development

 If a return to normalcy depends on finding a cure for COVID-19, then there needs to be a fast-tracked vaccine development process, albeit one without shortcuts. Patient participation across the spectrum of clinical development is key to this. As of June 2, 2020, the World Health Organization’s draft landscape of COVID-19 candidate vaccines listed 10 in clinical evaluation (phases 1–3 ) and 123 more in preclinical evaluation. The gold standard for clinical tr...
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Telehealth Now, and From Now On

Telehealth Now, and From Now On

 The need to expeditiously address a public health emergency has never been as important as it is today. COVID-19 has mobilized practically everyone along its path to find solutions to stop it, flatten the curve, and provide care in whatever way possible. Telehealth has risen to the challenge faced by the American healthcare system to meet patients’ needs during a national emergency. Technologies have become a lifeline for patients with chronic and serious conditions to continue ...
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Securing Telehealth During a Pandemic

Securing Telehealth During a Pandemic

 The COVID-19 pandemic has enabled that huge leap into telehealth because of the urgency to provide care. The U.S. has waived certain regulatory requirements to enable flexibility to use telehealth as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. But with healthcare delivery moved online or to the “cloud,” as with any online activity there are security risks involved. Even with guidelines being relaxed to expedite care, the healthcare industry still must have a system...
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The New Normal After COVID-19

The New Normal After COVID-19

 Urgent measures to save lives at all costs have been the default response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This public health crisis introduces unprecedented and complex challenges to our health system’s collective capacity to respond. More than two months into the country’s outbreak, it looks now that the urgent and large-scale responses have worked against an envisaged doomsday scenario. "What’s next?" is the question that remains. There is certainly no goi...
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WANTED: Rapid, Scalable Population Outreach for COVID-19

WANTED: Rapid, Scalable Population Outreach for COVID-19

 An imminent emergency calls for urgent measures. It’s when actionable information needs to be real-time, continuous, and relevant. This means relentless communication anytime, anywhere, on any device, to engage patients wherever and however they want to be reached. In this COVID-19 pandemic, where health care systems are overwhelmed, health care workers are included among the vulnerable population and are at risk. Many individuals who are severely affected by the virus...
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Battling the Opioid Crisis in a Time of COVID-19

Battling the Opioid Crisis in a Time of COVID-19

To our country still reeling from its ongoing opioid epidemic came the COVID-19 pandemic. The public health crises in the U.S. this time did not come one after the other but overlapped. One health crisis is already one too many. These twin battles need to be fought at the same time. It is possible with technology. And neither severity nor urgency will win the argument for which crisis should be a priority—because both are claiming lives.  COVID-19 has disrupted pra...
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A Tech Strategy for Patient Care in a Time of COVID

A Tech Strategy for Patient Care in a Time of COVID

With the rising toll that the novel coronavirus is taking on the healthcare system everywhere in the world, the impact on healthcare providers is beyond measure. Quality of patient care will be challenged during this COVID-19 pandemic. The efficiency and efficacy of the healthcare system will be put to the test. Now is not the time for crisis planning and preparedness, because the pandemic is already at hand. Now is the time for the execution of strategies, if you have any, and for the mana...
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Mitigating COVID-19's Side Effects on Mental Health

Mitigating COVID-19's Side Effects on Mental Health

Google search results for the novel coronavirus have now reached over a billion (and growing rapidly). This is telling of the global concern surrounding the COVID-19 global pandemic, with fear gripping not only public health but also the economy and geopolitics. Fear, anxiety, and stress are side effects of the novel coronavirus affecting both those who are infected by the virus and those who are not. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, public health emergencie...
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Fighting Fake COVID-19 Health News Through Patient Engagement

Fighting Fake COVID-19 Health News Through Patient Engagement

Imagine 93 million Americans searching for medical and health information online, where some of it is patently wrong, but having no way of knowing what to believe. Health misinformation has fast become a threat to compliance with health treatments, to adoption of response efforts in epidemics, and to trust between health providers and their patients. Not a 2020 phenomenon at all, the spread of false health information has gone unchecked for over a decade, with social media adding ...
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