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Tackling the Pandemic: Providers, Payers & Pharma Come Together

Tackling the Pandemic: Providers, Payers & Pharma Come Together

Nothing brings healthcare stakeholders together like a pandemic – from a speedy vaccine rollout to setting up telehealth platforms within weeks, providers, payers and the pharmaceutical industry had to work together to weather the changes brought on by COVID-19. So what’s next for these healthcare industry partnerships when the pandemic is over? In the HIMSS21 Digital panel, What's Next: Payer-Provider-Pharma Relationships in a Post-Pandemic Landscape, Dr. Shantanu Nundy, chief medical officer at Accolade, and Saira Haque, senior director for clinical informatics at Pfizer, discuss how the pandemic has changed partnerships and what the industry can learn from the past year. VACCINE ROLLOUT Nundy…
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Specialty Prescribing Habits Affected by COVID-19

Specialty Prescribing Habits Affected by COVID-19

The remote and virtual way of treating patients is becoming the new norm. Specialty providers have to adapt to provide the most streamlined solutions. COVID-19 has impacted many industries including health care. These impacts were seen in specialty and HUB operations early on, but it has become increasingly apparent that COVID-19’s effects are long-lasting. Patient service providers and specialty pharmacies are facing challenges to facilitate prescribing of specialty medications, knowing that prescribers are looking for new and easy ways to refer their patients for products and services. In the early phase of the pandemic, a drop in referral volume was…
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Why Amazon Care is a Big Deal

Why Amazon Care is a Big Deal

With its promise of virtual care in all 50 states, this is the first time a big tech firm will be directly in the healthcare services business. Will it be another failed experiment, or the breakthrough we've been waiting for? The rumors about Amazon’s entry into the virtual primary care space have been swirling for a while. Reports had indicated that Amazon had quietly filed paperwork to offer virtual and in-person care in several states.  Now, Amazon has now gone full-bore, as it were, and has confirmed that the services will be available nationwide starting the summer of 2021. An…
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