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GRAIL Announces Validation of Its Multi-Cancer Early Detection Test Published in Annals of Oncology

GRAIL today announced that validation data for its multi-cancer early detection blood test were published in Annals of Oncology. These data show that GRAIL’s technology can detect more than 50 cancer types across all stages, with a false positive rate of less than 1%, through a single blood draw. When a cancer signal is detected, the test can also identify the tissue of origin—where the cancer is located in the body—with 93% accuracy. “At GRAIL, we believe that multi-cancer early detection has the potential to significantly...

Coronavirus: How to use telemedicine while sheltering in place

While the Bay Area shelters in place, people are increasingly turning to telemedicine to have their COVID-19 concerns and other issues addressed by doctors. Doctors say telehealth should be the default right now, although if necessary, patients can visit a doctor or hospital. Many platforms, including Bay Area-based Hims & Hers, are offering telehealth options addressing a broad range of concerns from COVID-19 to sexual health, skin conditions, colds and flu, rashes, prescription refills and more. Costs for telehealth differ from provider to provider. Some accept insurance...

COVID-19 Was Needed For Telemedicine To Finally Go Mainstream

Telemedicine promised to make health care more accessible without the need to wait at doctor’s offices. However, up until the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, few people used such services. Now services are being overloaded and waits have increased to hours. Telehealth app Amwell, which partners with health systems across the country, is quickly scaling up its technology infrastructure to meet the rapidly increasing demand. In a time when entire cities, states, and countries are under lockdown, telemedicine is providing a good solution. Both the CDC...

Providence Uses Remote Patient Monitoring For 700+ COVID-19 Patients

Health system Providence is now remotely monitoring COVID-19 patients using the Xealth digital platform to deliver Twistle’s care automation and remote patient monitoring platform. Providence is using a solution from Twistle to reach out automatically to at-risk patients through text messages, phone calls, or smartphone apps. Using this technology, the health system can gather up-to-date information about a patient’s symptoms and send alerts to their care team if their symptoms need attention. Xealth is providing the underlying platform for automation and integration into providers’ electronic medical...

6 ways to increase ICU capacity amid COVID-19

Judging from the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S., April will see ICU capacity strained in many regions of the country. It’s already begun in New York City, Seattle, New Orleans, and elsewhere. Health care CEOs are trying to figure out how to increase intensive care unit capacity, whether through internal or external resources, traditional or non-traditional methods. “The biggest shift we’re seeing is health systems beginning to transform their facilities to become ICUs,” said Amwell President and CEO Roy Schoenberg, MD. “I can’t think...