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“Thank you, thank you. I was able to get relief so much faster than driving to a clinic. The instructions were thorough and easy to understand. This is smart health care.
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“I live 85 miles from my doctor. This service saved a long trip and I was treated properly.
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“It was so convenient and easy to use. I didn't have to take time off work or get extra tests that were not needed. I had no waiting in a waiting room full of sick people and was able to pick my prescription up right after work. Awesome!
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“SmartExam is being used by health systems to offer 24/7 access to care for more than 470 common medical conditions.”
- The Wall Street Journal, 2019


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August 28, 2019

Bright.md Digest: Telehealth in disaster recovery and nursing homes, and the devastation caused by healthcare fraud


As we enter hurricane season, it’s worth pondering what role telehealth can play in disaster recovery. We’ve already seen some success stories, but as access to virtual care grows, so too does the opportunity to help communities ravaged by fires, earthquakes, and storms.

The Role of Telehealth in Disaster Recovery

It feels like a bit of a no-brainer: telehealth in nursing and assisted-living homes. Very few of these care facilities staff a full-time doctor, which means when a patient becomes ill, they are likely sent to the emergency room. Instead of exposing them to the germs and potential safety issues (not to mention the costs) associated with an ambulance ride to the ED, staff could help them get care virtually. So why hasn’t the idea taken off?

Telemedicine could keep older patients out of the hospital. So why hasn’t it taken off?

The high cost of delivering healthcare can have devastating effects on systems and patients alike. That issue is exacerbated when players with little experience in healthcare rush in to “rescue” ailing providers. The aftermath can create healthcare deserts in formerly healthy communities.

The Collapse Of A Hospital Empire—And Towns Left In The Wreckage


Nicole Turgeon

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