As new Coronavirus hotspots have emerged across the country, the Department of Veterans Affairs has so far deployed nearly 1,000 of its own medical professionals to 46 states as part of its “fourth mission.”
FDA has granted emergency use authorization to a test from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designed to determine whether a patient is infected with influenza or the novel Coronavirus.
On May 1, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) published landmark regulations to improve health data access and interoperability for patients, providers, and app developers, using a standardized application programming interface (API) infrastructure.
Hospital volumes have improved since a low point in mid-April, but volume appears to be stalling as case counts explode in certain regions, according to cell phone data monitored by Jefferies. Analysts are tracking cell tower data at 3,300 facilities across the country.
The Coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic is leading to a rapid transition away from in-person ambulatory care. Almost immediately, virtual and asynchronous care delivery by outpatient providers has become the new normal. Health systems around the country are re-imagining how they will effectively manage chronic diseases in a COVID-19 era when the status quo of serial in-person visits to brick-and-mortar health care facilities will no longer be feasible.