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How remote-patient monitoring will impact the next 10 years of healthcare experiences

The U.S. healthcare experience is plagued by short appointments, sitting in the waiting room, and big expenses. Even after all the hassle, at the end of the typical 15-minute visit, patients largely do not feel as though they have a handle on their health. This results in condition deterioration and the growing chronic disease epidemic and burden in the United States.

In particular, patients with chronic, or long-term, illnesses are forced to deal with these elements frequently. …


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Do they really make you 28% less sad? Calmer?

Back in May 2020, during the peak of Covid-19, I was reading pretty much every bit of clinical research published on the disease. Each day I would make the rounds through Nature, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the New England Journal of Medicine, Health Affairs, and quite a few more.

What became increasingly clear is that the ramifications from Covid-19 will far exceed the lives lost directly from the disease. While there are many effects, at the top of my mind was the long-term impacts on mental health due to unemployment, fear of infection, social isolation, and…


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Evidence for clinical effectiveness, cost, and patient experience

Covid-19 caused the acceleration of awareness of digital health technologies, telemedicine, and other virtual care models. Out of all of these, perhaps the most impactful will be remote-patient monitoring (RPM).

RPM models involve collecting real-time patient data while patients are not located between the four walls of the healthcare facility. Typically, this happens from a connected medical device like a wearable, blood pressure cuff, or blood glucose meter. But, it can also involve subjective data like mood, symptoms, and medication adherence in some circumstances. …


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Some words for this year’s healthcare-focused graduates

I said these words to my class at Georgetown’s School of Nursing and Health Studies at my own graduation. I hope to offer the same message to this year’s healthcare-focused graduates as they enter an uncertain future — one with a dire need for leadership and patient-focus in healthcare. At this turning point in healthcare, all of us must strive for building something better, together.

Speech Originally Given at Georgetown University Graduation Tropiaia Ceremony:

Hi, my name is Robert Longyear — I am a healthcare management and policy major from Marietta, GA. And, to be honest, I’m a little nervous…


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Trends in Google Search Series: Alcohol

Welcome back to COVID-19 Trends in Google Search data. I am your host, Robert Longyear, and, today we will be examining some trends related to all things alcohol. COVID-19 has produced significant effects on lifestyle. With that, comes some interesting impacts on alcohol-related behaviors.

The first article in this series introduces us to the power of Google Search data as a means to understand what is going on in the hearts and minds of people.

In the introduction article, we started looking at COVID-19-specific search trends, but now, we will dig deeper into other topics that have been impacted by…


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Trends in Google Search: A Series

The emergence of COVID-19 has impacted the culture, society, and the minds of the world. This event will undoubtedly alter countries as plagues and infectious diseases have left a lasting impact on civilizations throughout history.

As we move toward the new world ahead, we will see major changes to our societies as we adapt and gain exposure to new concepts, experiences, and lifestyles — the trick, is to understand these trends before and as they happen.

To gain a new perspective on the trends that are emerging from this colossal event, I have turned to one of my favorite data…


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Healthcare is forced to go virtual — here’s what that means and how it helps

It’s a problem — a big problem. Our healthcare system is built to care for millions of patients through in-person clinic visits, but, now, the very visits required to manage the health of those patients can lead to serious complications from COVID-19.

Without supportive care for chronic illness, millions of patients may experience a decline over the next few months. Besides the first and possible second wave of COVID-19 infections, we will see a third wave of illness in the form of chronic disease complications — unless we can rapidly stand-up a national virtual-care strategy.

A virtual-care strategy must include…


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What it is, how it works, and why remote-digital health services will become the new normal

You may be hearing some new words thrown around due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Terms like telehealth, telemedicine, remote-patient monitoring (RPM), virtual care, and digital health have been around for years, but the recent situation is accelerating patient awareness and physician adoption of these technologies.

With a growing need for social isolation, healthcare organizations are actively seeking ways to provide health services to patients with both COVID-19 and other conditions remotely.

These buzz words all fall under growing movement in healthcare — the digital health movement. In 2019, $8.9 billion was poured into digital health companies by venture capital firms…


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Photo Courtesy of Abbott

You have been paying attention to the COVID-19 situation. You watch the numbers on the TV, you look at the graphs on Facebook and Twitter, and you hope that the country is able to increase those testing numbers. You are looking for hope that the curve is flattening and for the light at the end of the tunnel that represents a return to normalcy.

You also do not know who to believe in a time of so much misinformation.

You hope that the infection count and infection rate-ticker and the numbers are the best way to make your own decisions…


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Alexa, I took my medications and checked my blood glucose today

I will admit that I am a big Alexa fan despite the recent privacy concerns — truly, Alexa makes my life easier. I use Alexa to help me with my schedule, to understand the weather outside before leaving the house, to walk me through recipes, and to play music on demand.

Voice-technology has brought the benefit of convenience and ease-of-use to technology interfaces. I can communicate hands-free, I do not need to navigate (or, learn) the various software application UI/UX, and it is a very natural method of communication. …

Robert L. Longyear III

VP Digital Health and Innovation @ Wanderly | Author of “Innovating for Wellness” | Healthcare Management and Policy @ GeorgetownU

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