• Opinion: Trusting relationships are the core of medicine. Can telehealth support them?

    4 days ago - By STAT

    A number of promising new digital health companies have surfaced in the past two years, prompted in part by the demand for telehealth visits that soared in the first wave of Covid-19. These companies have been fueled by a wave of breathless hype and tens of billions of dollars in venture and private equity investment.
    Far from being a new kind of health system, as feverish boosters suggest, the plethora of virtual-first digital health offerings - in which patients' initial entry point is with a virtual provider they do not know - are a clumsy power grab intended to detach patients from...
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  • STAT+: As surges drive Covid-19 testing, companies eye an on-ramp for new markets

    4 days ago - By STAT

    Throughout the pandemic, companies big and small have responded to the call for widely available Covid-19 testing. It's not just a public good: Supplying a flood of new diagnostics, digital backbones for data sharing, and on-site infrastructure is good business, and most companies are trying to capitalize on the demand for testing as much as possible, for as long as possible. But at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference this week, some of the biggest names in Covid-19 testing described the challenge of hitting that constantly moving target.
    At the same conference last year, those companies...
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