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Improved safety, reimbursements, and technology have increased its popularity

Prior to COVID-19, telehealth and telemedicine were not all that widespread among doctors. Just 21 percent of all physicians stated that they used virtual consulting, according to a recent report, and the percentage of physicians interested in telehealth had been declining to under 30 percent. Read More

The subtler ways racism impacts health—and why that’s everyone’s problem to solve

Structural racism persists in America throughout our social, economic and political systems. It is deeply rooted in our history, culture, institutions, policies, practices and norms. People of color, particularly Black Americans, face discrimination and experience disparities in income, housing, schooling, social services and health care.Read More

How lessons learned from past health outbreaks can help doctors now

Tara Kirk Sell, Ph.D., M.A., is a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Sell’s research focuses on pandemic preparedness and public health communications and policy responses to public health emergencies, such as the Zika virus and Ebola outbreaks, to discover ways to improve future preparedness and response. We spoke with her to get her thoughts on what we are facing now during the COVID-19 crisis in the U.S.Read More

How your practice can address this condition now and in the future

COVID-19 has forced the world to adapt and change like never before. In a matter of weeks, we’ve seen doctors who have never before offered telemedicine figuring out how to continue caring for their patients. And patients—even elderly, technology-averse ones—are adapting to new ways of connecting with their healthcare providers and educating themselves about their health.Read More

Are you promoting the benefits to your patients and community?    

Most eye surgeries are now performed in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) rather than hospitals, a major shift that has occurred over the course of a decade. According to a study conducted by University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center researchers, the proportion of cataract surgeries performed at ASCs increased steadily to reach 73 percent in 2014, compared to just over 43 percent in 2001.Read More