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Healthcare Trends move into the digital space

In this undated photo, provided by NY Governor's Press Office on Saturday March 27, 2021, is the new

NY Governor's Press Office / AP Photo

In this undated photo, provided by NY Governor's Press Office on Saturday March 27, 2021, is the new "Excelsior Pass" app, a digital pass that people can download to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.

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Airdate: Wednesday, September 2, 2021

Healthcare delivery options have changed a lot this past year — drive through COVID testing, mass vaccination centers and the growth of telehealth are now common.

Many providers and insurers are offering remote appointments for routine medical care. This innovative healthcare option is a game-changer for many in that they open up access to a larger population of providers and specialists.

Vaccine passports are an example of a digital health initiative that is being met with mixed reviews. New York state, for example, launched a passport app that tracks vaccine status and can be used to gain entry into restricted indoor spaces.

Michael Seavers, Ph.D., is the program lead and an assistant professor of Healthcare Infomatics with Harrisburg University of Science and Technology and he appears on Smart Talk Thursday to talk about the growth of digital health and its continuing challenges.

For more on digital health topics plus a deeper look at the changing tide of healthcare–check out WITF’s Transforming Health. Online at TransformingHealth.org, a partnership of WITF, WellSpan Health and Capital Blue Cross.

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