Social Determinants of Health, COVID-19, and Racism in Healthcare: Smarter Healthcare Podcast Episode 8 Takeaways

Racism has been a major societal issue since the beginning of time, and unfortunately, it’s not a thing of the past. Today especially, it’s speaking just as loud as it was decades ago. But now with COVID-19 in the mix of the current social justice movements, it’s important to talk about how the two intertwine with each other and how racism is very relevant to the healthcare system. In the newest Smarter Healthcare podcast, episode 8, Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, DrPH Dean, of Boston University School of Public Health discusses the social determinants of health, as well as COVID-19 and racism in healthcare.

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Empathy in Healthcare: Why It’s Needed Now More Than Ever

In a world of ever-changing, advanced technology, face-to-face conversation as well as empathy and compassion may be fading away among individuals. However, one place that empathy and compassion must not fade is within the healthcare industry.

In this blog post, we’ll discuss the topic of empathy in healthcare, and the main takeaways from episode 1 of the Smarter Healthcare podcast: Empathy in Healthcare with Chris DeRienzo, MD, MPP. DeRienzo is the author of “Tiny Medicine” a book in which he shares the lessons he’s learned as a neonatologist.

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How COVID-19 Is Affecting the Environment

After months of quarantine and new safety regulations, the United States is finally beginning to re-open. It’s clear that COVID-19 has left extreme impacts on individuals and industries worldwide… and is continuing to do so. We often discuss the negative effects that COVID-19 has brought to the healthcare and supply chain industry or the positive impact that it’s had on the tech industry, but how has the pandemic affected the environment and has the environment impacted the pandemic? Let’s examine.

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The Future of Healthcare: How Telehealth Will Change After COVID-19

After almost three months of quarantine and social distancing measures in the U.S., there’s no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted most, if not all, industries across the nation. But the industry that has been continuously affected the most by COVID-19 is healthcare. Currently, telehealth and telemedicine are hot topics within the industry, and there are a few changes that telehealth will bring into the healthcare industry even after the disease subsides. In this blog post, we’ll examine a few of those changes, including the benefits and concerns of post-pandemic telehealth. (more…)

How Artificial Intelligence is Helping Fight COVID-19

The world is currently experiencing one of its largest pandemics with at least 248 million Americans in at least 29 states advised to stay at home. But modern technology such as artificial intelligence has become a promising tool in the fight against COVID-19. As humans do their own part to protect each other and “flatten the curve,” AI offers a few benefits itself that may help decrease the severity of the coronavirus. Let’s examine. (more…)

Top Advantages of Big Data in The Healthcare Industry

Big data is at the forefront of many industries worldwide, and the healthcare industry is no exception. In the healthcare industry, big data is available in massive amounts, containing the information of human health conditions and activities, and is collected through multiple resources like electronic health records, medical image analysis, wearables and medical devices, and more. As medicine and technology become more advanced, so do the abilities of big data. Here we take a look at some of the top advantages that big data has brought to the healthcare industry. (more…)

How Data Can Help Fight Climate Change

Every single day, a variety of issues from around the world appear on the news, on social media, and in our day-to-day conversations. But there is one particular issue that has recently been put into the spotlight: Climate change.

While the dangers of climate change have been an ongoing issue for some time now, people worldwide are fighting to save the environment now more than ever. Data may be able to help work towards a solution. Let’s examine a few ways:

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How 3D Printing and Big Data are Working Together

3D printing has become a hot topic in recent years, and is being used in a variety of industries such as healthcare, engineering, architecture, and more. However, there is one key tool that 3D printing relies on that could make or break its future: big data.

Without the existence of this advanced data, some of the functions used in 3D printing would not be possible. But how do big data and 3D printing work together? Let’s examine. (more…)

Using Artificial Intelligence to Help with Mental Health

The world is facing a mental health epidemic. One in five adults suffers from some form of mental illness in the United States, yet more than 50% of these illnesses are left untreated. Mental health does not discriminate against age, race, gender or economic status, and unfortunately, treatment and research still have a long way to go before the number of diagnosed individuals decreases.

However, one optimistic element to this crisis is the existence of new technology that we did not have even a decade or two ago – one of which is Artificial Intelligence (AI). Advanced technology plays a major role in positively shaping the healthcare industry, and now digital solutions such as artificial intelligence are making their way into the psychiatry department to reduce the decline in mental wellness across the globe. But how does the use of predictive analytics tools such as artificial intelligence really help in solving the mental health crisis? Let’s examine. (more…)

5 Technologies That Will Shape Healthcare in 2020

Technology is ever-changing, and with every new decade it accelerates at a pace that is often difficult for us humans to keep up with. We now live in a world in which we rely heavily on technology on a daily basis, regardless of which field we belong to. However, few industries have been changed by technology as much, or as positively, as healthcare.

Although the healthcare industry has often lagged behind others when it comes to deploying advanced technology, new discoveries and improvements are always being made. The technology that we know today has opened countless doors and opportunities to improve our lives, and it’s almost impossible to imagine life without it now. With the current decade coming to an end, the further advancement of technology is heading our way. Here are five technologies that you should expect to see shape the future of healthcare in 2020. (more…)