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How COVID-19 Stood as Catalyst for Consumer Health Tech Adoption

Until COVID-19 struck, consumer health tech adoption had seen modest growth, but adoption spiked with the pandemic as patients sought safe care.

 – For nearly the past twenty years, Adam Pellegrini, senior vice president of Enterprise Virtual Care & Consumer Health at CVS Health, has had his eyes on the dream of consumer health tech adoption. In recent months, Pellegrini has seen that become a reality as more patients begin to utilize patient engagement technologies.

Like many others in the industry, Pellegrini has seen the promise of consumer digital health — like remote patient monitoring, patient engagement technologies, and telehealth or virtual health access — as integral to creating an all-encompassing healthcare experience.

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Back To School: How To Handle Transport Health and Safety The Right Way

Just a few months ago, UK schools went into full lockdown as the Coronavirus pandemic swept across the nation. What seemed like a long road to recovery has accelerated in a matter of weeks. Today, as students enjoy the freedom of summer holidays, school staff and their service providers are working hard to make their sites and facilities safe, as they plan to welcome students back in September.

One area that must not be overlooked is student transport. Due to the very nature of public travel, the providers of school coach and bus services are faced with huge difficulty as they take every measure to comply with the necessary safety standards. Where many students rely on bus and coach services to travel to and from school, the pressure is on for transport companies to take every measure to ensure the most COVID-secure vehicles possible and keep staff and students safe.

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Large-Cap Pharma Industry Outlook Dull Amid Coronavirus Woes

The Zacks Large Cap Pharmaceuticals industry comprises some of the largest global companies that develop multi-million dollar drugs for a broad range of therapeutic areas such as neuroscience, cardiovascular and metabolism, rare diseases immunology and oncology. Some of these companies also make vaccines, animal health, medical devices and consumer related healthcare products. All these players invest millions of dollars in their product pipelines and line extensions of their already marketed drugs.

Some of the prominent stocks in this industry are Pfizer, Merck, AbbVie, Lilly, J&J (JNJ), Novartis (NVS), Roche and AstraZeneca (AZN), among others.

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Patient Experience Still Good Despite Low Patient Care Access

Patient care access dropped by 26 percentage points, but reports of good patient experience still persist.

 – Although patients are reporting markedly lower healthcare utilization and care access since the start of the pandemic, they still rate the quality of their care and experiences as high, according to the third PX Pulse survey from the Beryl Institute and Ipsos.

The survey showed a 26-percentage-point drop in the number of patients accessing their primary care provider compared to the end of 2019. Eighteen percent fewer patients visited specialty care and 21 percent fewer patients received lab testing compared to pre-COVID-19 rates, the survey authors noted.

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Monroeville Nursing Home Reports 47 Covid-19 Cases, After Reporting Zero Last Week

A Monroeville nursing home has reported 47 cases of covid-19 to state health officials, after reporting none a week ago.

Long-term care facility data from the state’s Department of Health shows that Monroeville Rehabilitation & Wellness Center reported zero cases of covid-19. In numbers updated on Tuesday, the center reported 47 cases and seven deaths.

Nursing homes are required to report daily covid-19 case counts to the state.

Administrators for the center could not be immediately reached for comment, but management did provide a statement to Trib news partner WPXI through its public relations firm.

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Students’ Struggle with Mental Health in Pandemic

TUESDAY, Aug. 11, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Depression, anxiety and inactive lifestyles are all too common among college students, and a new study finds they may have escalated during the initial outbreak of COVID-19.

Using a mix of smartphone data and online surveys from more than 200 students, researchers at Dartmouth College determined that the coronavirus pandemic had an immediate impact on the mental health of this particular undergraduate group.

The students involved in the study were participating in a research program tracking mental health at the New Hampshire university. They reported spikes in depression and anxiety at the beginning of the pandemic in early March, just as the school pushed students to leave campus and begin remote learning.

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Dumbbells to Yoga Mats: 5 Inexpensive At-Home Gym Equipment For Your Workouts

While some of us are still able to exercise outside safely with distancing rules on our walks and runs, many of us don’t have the privilege for outdoor cardio. Here is the list of the top affordable at-home gym equipment you should buy.
With this global pandemic shutting gyms down, our living rooms have become the temporary workout spots. Whether you are going solo or have taken up virtual fitness classes, gym equipment will help you to uphold your workout routine during this quarantine period.

It has become a necessity to stock-up on some at-home gym equipment to make the exercising in your home a little easier. So, when you are choosing your at-home workout equipment, be sure to pick the right type of equipment.

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Trump Says He’s Working on Health Insurance Executive Order on Pre-Existing Conditions

President Donald Trump said on Friday he would be working over the next couple of weeks on an executive order to require health insurers to cover pre-existing conditions.

Insurance companies were prohibited from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions under the Affordable Care Act passed under former President Barack Obama, known as Obamacare, which the Trump administration has tried to scrap.

“Over the next two weeks I’ll be pursuing a major executive order requiring health insurance companies to cover all pre-existing conditions for all customers,” Trump said at a news conference at his golf property in Bedminster, New Jersey.

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This Chicago Hospital Was Prepared For The Pandemic Years Before It Ever Hit

CHICAGO (SBG) — Hospitals across the country have been challenged by the coronavirus, from finding enough protective gear to equip their staff to dealing with an influx of patients battling the disease. But one hospital in Chicago was ready for a pandemic years in advance.

Spotlight on America was given special access to a place few can see in the midst of a global pandemic: the emergency room of a major hospital. We went inside the ER at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, a city that’s battled 63,000 COVID-19 cases. Inside Rush’s emergency room, every person showing signs of the virus is flagged with a red sign bearing three letters: PUI. Patient under investigation.

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Government Health Experts Warn Kansas City About Increasing Coronavirus Cases

The White House coronavirus task force is warning states about an uptick in coronavirus test positivity rates in a number of new cities this week.

Task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx said there are encouraging signs across the South, a region hit hard by a surging pandemic in recent weeks, but she outlined new areas of concern in a private phone call with state and local officials Wednesday, according to a recording of the call obtained by the journalism non-profit Center for Public Integrity.

“We are concerned that both Baltimore and Atlanta remain at a very high level,” Birx said on the call. “Kansas City, Portland, Omaha, of course what we talked about in the Central Valley (in California).”