Hospitals are now investing in resources to enable hospital-level care from the comfort of a patient’s home. This model is set to solve problems such as overcrowding in medical facilities, especially during the pandemic. Perhaps surprisingly, the insurers are backing it: “If [insurers] can pay for care in a lower-cost setting than the hospital, with good outcomes, they save money.” However, is this suitable for all patients’ medical conditions?
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With drug overdose deaths on the rise, authorities are attempting to curb the epidemic by tracking and sharing information in real time. In one unique effort, a nonprofit in New York City is using drug-testing equipment and stamping or marking habits of dealers to identify drug batches that may endanger users. Other approaches are also being used, such as monitoring drug-related chatter on Reddit and analyzing local wastewater for opioid and other drug levels. With the combination of these efforts, researchers hope to put a dent in the opioid crisis and reduce overdose deaths. Read full article here