The Healthcare News Roundup

The news is flooded with digital health, healthcare tech, telehealth, and virtual care updates. Trying to keep up with it all is almost impossible, so we’ve made it simple. 

Here are the latest updates and trends you don’t want to miss:

  1. 1. A milestone is made that “signals a new era of healthcare: one that focuses on convenience, ease, and a patient-first mentality.”: Teladoc partners with Amazon to bring virtual visits through Alexa. 
  1. 2. Providers are pushing Congress to continue to allow opioid addiction prescriptions to be offered through telehealth beyond the pandemic. “…loosening the rules helped eliminate longstanding barriers to addiction care, like a lack of transportation or a shortage of clinicians who prescribe medically assisted treatment, especially in rural communities.”
  1. 3. Virtual Reality continues to make headway in all areas of healthcare: “The potential advantages of VR for clinicians are tremendous, and only the limits of our imagination restrict the possibilities.” 
  1. 4. Cybercriminals are hacking patients through at-home healthcare monitoring. Here’s what you need to know and how to keep your organization and patients protected: Is remote patient monitoring the new cybercrime target?
  1. 5. 1 in 3 mental health care visits are being conducted via telehealth, two years-post the height of the pandemic: Why telementalhealth continues to account for 36% of all visits
  1. 6. The ‘Break into the Boardroom’ program placed 50+ women on healthcare boards: “​​Currently, only 14 percent of corporate board seats at publicly held life science companies are held by women.”