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As the country comes together to fight a deadly virus and support the unsung heroes — the doctors, nurses, first responders, and medical personnel are working tirelessly on the front lines of the battlefield to care for patients with COVID-19. The many people exposing themselves to the virus are heroic, willingly putting themselves in harm’s way, as they work in unsafe conditions.  First responders and medical personnel are courageously dedicating their time in treating patients with limited medical supplies and personal protection equipment (PPE) as they put their lives at risk.

The nation is in crisis-emergency mode as many realize that many first responders and medical personnel are working at hospitals and medical clinics in conditions that expose them to viruses or the Coronavirus disease. The hospitals have limited or have no access to protective gear or medical equipment — as they give more than they are getting back in return.

A colossal global effort is continuing to help mitigate the spread as the president signs a new bill to protect everyone affected, afflicted or exposed to the virus.

A call to action was inevitable as the Telemedicine Association appeal to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Healthcare Organizations plea to congress to put into law a new bill protecting patients and doctors and call out new guidelines.

  1. Waiver on restrictions on telehealth and expand telemedicine services globally, during the COVID-19 emergency or future outbreaks.
  2. Ease limitations on Medicare and remove in-patient requirements.
  3. Provide medical supplies, protective gear to hospitals.
  4. Give high-speed internet access to remote areas of the country.

President Trump releases Coronavirus guidelines to America as the nation works collectively and jointly as one team to ease restrictions, helps healthcare professionals to effectively and safely treat sick patients with the disease.

A bill created for American healthcare hospitals to receive financial support, medical supplies, health equipment, and technology. Legislation focuses on overhauling the 2015 bill.

  1. Congress works to provide a foundation for medical with online resources.
  2. Improve the healthcare environment to inflicted patients with isolation areas.
  3. Immediate patient care through online platform-based system using e-health technology.
  4. To restore health equity to everyone, offer high-quality care to everyone no matter where they are, focusing on remote and impoverished areas of the country.

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What is Health Equity?

To provide patients with the high-level quality care – when they need it, at moment they need it. The Institute of Medicine believes “health equity” – everyone has a fair and equal opportunity to attain the highest level of health and medical care, ensuring social justice and eliminating health disparities.

It means that everyone receives superior healthcare — offers support and healthcare solutions for all, no matter where they are or who they are.  The Affordable Care Act is an example of health equity. How it leads to access to healthcare coverage, no matter who the people are, even poverty stricken will have health coverage.

  1. Socially, economically, demographically, or geographically does not matter, and good healthcare is accessible to all people everywhere in the United States.
  2. Superior global health equity with improved systems to connect to resources for all healthcare professionals.
  3. Centralized global solutions in place to help protect people everywhere from disease outbreaks.
  4. Implement a successful all-encompassing bill for improved public healthcare, especially during public health emergencies, pandemics, or outbreaks.
  5. To offer free testing for anyone with suspicion of infectious disease — no matter, age, race, gender or anyone with a disability.
  6. Everyone is treated fairly, equally in care and respectfully.

Remove Health Discrepancies

Health disparities refer to many issues, but some could be insurance coverage, no access to care, or inadequate health care, favoritism to patients with insurance coverage.

Initiatives

  1. Affordable Care Act covers funding in health care centers in all communities and neighborhoods.
  2. For increased access to care and coverage, helping identified groups confronted with health issues.
  3. At the federal level, Department of Health and Human Services enforces new provisions to eliminate racial problems and on ethnic groups lacking access to healthcare.
  4. State, local communities, private organizations, and health providers take on public health prejudices and gaps in health care and encourage positive workforce initiatives.
  5. Breaking down bias and pushing for linguistic intelligence to understand spoken and written language by having multilingual speaking people at hospitals/medical facilities.
  6. Improve dialogue by breaking down prejudice barriers on patient-provider or doctor conversations.

Institute Global Health Equality

New methods of better communication, access medical information, e-advice from doctors, check-ups completed through an e-technology portal, and software platform.

  1. Add health programs and tools to strengthen essential healthcare services.
  2. Redistribute resources and protecting and promoting good health care.
  3. Health Equity brings quick access to education with proper sanitation and safe water for everyone.
  4. Ensuring everyone receives top-quality health equity by speaking clearly and straightforwardly.

Health Equity refers to public health, the workforce, and the community. No matter race, income level, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, the geographic region, always receive proper and medical treatment when people are sick with access to high-quality medicine and superior health care.

  • To improve health network and IT health systems with modern technology
  • To uphold patient dignity for people everywhere
  • To give patients immediate healthcare and at all times

The Revised Bill Addresses Top Concerns

Congress took quick actions by giving healthcare professional’s safe environment, protecting COVID-19 patients with better online advanced health platforms, and by keeping health providers educated to comply with new eased-up requirements and triaging a large number of patients to designed isolation areas.

  1. Broadband Deployment – Lawmakers, healthcare organizations, and medical professionals appeal to congress for all hospitals to have high-speed internet service with broadband expansion in rural areas of the country.
  2. E-Health and Telemedicine Policy – A goal to improve efficiency, quality of care, and encourage greater coordination across the care continuum. Congressional request to update the previous bill from December 2015 to provide an update on telehealth, increase collaboration coordination efforts across E-Health and Telemedicine.
  3. Delivery System Reform – Reform initiatives to increase improvement in health quality and safety to healthcare professionals and to increase the use of telehealth.
  4. Telehealth Services – To have increased access to care and improve outcomes, reduced costs, lift restrictions on Medicare Telehealth coverage in the CONNECT for Health Act.
  5. Offer Virtual Care Solutions – Waive legal limitations and deploy virtual services for doctors and patients with video devices and mobile availability to reduce the spread of the virus from person to person.

Health Equality Brings Fairness and Equality for All

Offer excellent health care, justness for high-quality treatment, and instant medical treatment for patients in rural areas.

  • Institute new programs, modern technology, proper medical care, equipment and protective gear.
  • Access to e-resources and medical experts online — to help drastically improve health equality.
  • Help patients and hospitals experiencing limited availability to healthcare.
  • United States hospitals in remote areas have technology with high-speed internet access.
  • Remove medical care inadequacies in rural areas, support poorly funded hospitals and primary care for inpatient/outpatient facilities.
  • Support poorly run hospitals with no medical or financial help.
  • Large hospital networks losing $108 million with a decline in operating income to receive funds.
  • Addressing patients receiving substandard care before and during the pandemic.

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Health Equity Will Eliminate Medical Problems

There are evidence-based reports and healthcare testimonies that patients in rural areas are not receiving the proper care resulting in a higher risk for disease and higher mortality.

  1. Help sick patients exposed to healthcare inequity.
  2. Remove breaches in health services.
  3. Eliminate inequalities in hospitals and the healthcare community.
  4. Develop resources for hospitals struggling with quality patient care.
  5. Eradicate discrepancy to patient care and patient health due that have limited hospital supplies.

Some Examples of Poor Healthcare in Rural Locations

  1. Low-quality health care is a common theme in remote areas.
  2. Health care disparities happening during the outbreak.
  3. Inconsistencies are prevalent in treating patients and everyday medical challenges.
  4. No access to additional medical staff to help provide proper health care.
  5. Many patients will often go without treatment or not receive any care due to:
    • low income, seniors or the poor
    • or the uneducated with no health insurance
    • patients that don’t speak or different ethnicity
    • sexual orientation or race
    • socioeconomic status or disability status
  6. Rural location issues, no treatment to patients, no resources — resulting in higher mortality rates.
  7. No personal protection equipment (PPE) available to medical staff.

Telemedicine Technology

Hospitals, providers, and a patient can leverage the use of electronic communications utilizing software with clinical content and medical care. The telehealth platform provides doctors with a safe way to treat sick, infected, or contagious patients with fast access to a nurse or doctors. Healthcare advice easily accessible.

  1. E-clinical services and treatment handled through virtual tools and equipment via video chat — through online access to a telehealth platform.
  2. The telemedicine system is modern technology with a telecommunications platform for doctors to check-in on patients virtually.
  3. Patient’s information and health data can be stored, shared anywhere in the country, and records can immediately be analyzed.

Telehealth or e-health gives health care professionals the ability to effectively and efficiently evaluate, diagnose, and treat patients remotely using telecommunications technology.

  1. Retrieve medical help fast and access to e-health check-ups.
  2. Quickly receive therapeutic solutions and medical advice without exposing doctors to diseases and viruses — without having to travel to a hospital or doctor’s office.
  3. Instant patient help, questions can be answered quickly.
  4. Patients have care comfort with 24/7 access to nurses or their doctors using mobile devices.

Problems Arise During the Pandemic

As the Legislation and Executive Branch (House and The Senate) review a new bill to ease constraints on provider policies, reduce high restrictions on Telehealth, protective gear necessary for hospitals.

Health organizations appeal to congress for new rules and changes to loosen up on telehealth provisions.

  1. Doctors, nurses and first responders exposed to infected patients.
  2. Limited or no protective gear and medical supplies for healthcare professionals.
  3. Patients in rural areas receiving no or very little care and treatment and now access to internet.
  4. The global disparity in Health Equity for COVID-19 patients and healthcare medical personnel.
  5. Telehealth has strict guidelines on Medicare patients and high restrictions.
  6. Telemedicine not available or not utilized in hospitals and medical clinics – low internet speed.
    1. Hospitals are unable to implement virtual technology due to cost.
    2. No time to fix problems during the pandemic.
    3. In-person visits required due to provider policies.
    4. Zero telemedicine availability during a pandemic.
    5. Limited or no access to the internet for hospitals in rural locations.
  7. Doctors and first responders diagnosed with Coronavirus due to exposed to virus.
    1. The Healthcare community urgently needs help as hospitals await new bill.
    2. Obstacles treating patients due to in-person care. Areas exposed to patients with virus.
    3. Patients are not immediately quarantined due to space and staff availability.

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

A congressional effort, the emergency aid package will waive telehealth restrictions and bring more hospitals a safe environment to treat patients. Telehealth resources globally expanded as the Senate approves funding. The bill offers additional help, resources, and support to medical personnel, healthcare providers, and afflicted patients.

Policy Highlights Provide

  1. Free COVID-19 testing and 2-weeks paid emergency leave for anyone diagnosed and treating the Coronavirus.
  2. To reduce requirements during the COVID-19 outbreak – remove person visits.
  3. Financial resources available and expansion to hospitals.
  4. Build E-communication and advanced technology with Telehealth and Telemedicine.
  5. Help protect individuals, families, and health professionals with easy access to practical help and medical care treatment by video chat.
  6. Help to loosen limitations and constraints on Medicare telehealth coverage in emergencies.
  7. Waives HIPP requirements on Medicare beneficiaries and expands access to care virtually for everyone with treatment faster and safer.
  8. Broaden access to telemedicine in remote and rural areas with telemedicine.
  9. Protect doctors and nurses battling the disease with patients with the ability to use virtual telecommunications and teleservices with high-speed internet.

The Takeaway

New Initiative – Instituting Health IT Infrastructure with e-Resources

Now, more than ever, the administration and health care organizations with a global crisis growing every day, health care organizations, and government agencies reduce health inequity. 

Establish Global Health Equity to Improve Health Quality

As a nation, creating high quality and substantial health equity by developing a bill to protect citizens during vulnerable times such as patients in rural areas, seniors and healthcare professionals in an emergency or for the duration pandemic are topics of discussion. Legislation improves better access to  treatment and healthcare.

Virtual technology helps doctors and patients with telemedicine telecommunications in an online platform setting. Gives immediate help to sick patients via phone or video chat, thereby protecting doctors and lessens the difficulty in treating Coronavirus patients during the pandemic.

Telemedicine Technology

  • Incorporates electronic communications and software to provide clinical services to patients with the virus.
  • Quick and immediate care for our most vulnerable, help the older population — seniors and veterans with medical. Including instant conversations are now available for patient-doctor, follow-ups with e-visits.
  • Provide healthcare workers resources and many more e-tools to combat the spread of the virus.

The Trump Administration Signs the Coronavirus Aid Bill

Due to the damage of the Coronavirus — the Senate and the Coronavirus Emergency Funding legislation received requests by the American Telemedicine Association, HIMSS, The eHealth Initiative, Health Innovation Alliance, and Personal Connected Health Alliance to expand access of telehealth services to protect healthcare personnel. A significant victory as Trump moves forward and signs into law — the Coronavirus Funding Bill for $8.3 billion.

Advancing Health Equity

Protect the public and provide better healthcare policies and bills in an emergency.

  1. Improve education in hospitals on the basic fundamental of proper healthcare for all people.
  2. Develop ethical values — institute technology with e-health IT system for immediate healthcare and access to patients and doctors virtually.
  3. Health professionals would receive supplies, help, funds, and support to provide excellent healthcare to the public before or after a pandemic.
  4. Implement free testing to the public if infectious diseases suspected in the patient.

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