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Akira

Akira is reimagining Canadian healthcare — we're changing how healthcare is delivered and empowering patients to be engaged and proactive about their health. Right Health combines virtual and face-to-face care to offer on-demand, accessible healthcare convenience at your fingertips. Akira is the technology platform within Right Health’s offering that provides you with an instant connection to great Canadian doctors, nurse practitioners, and more

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Setting Expectations in a Complex Healthcare System

Article | February 18, 2020

Over the past few weeks, I have written various posts on the experiences I have had with people whom I am working with as a Nurse Advocate. Each person came with unique issues related to their health. One patient had a suspected deep vein thrombosis, one was diagnosed with a reoccurrence of lung cancer, and the third person had a GI bleed with multiple co-morbidities that took months to identify and get under control. My role was to support them by helping them navigate the complex healthcare system by breaking through barriers each faced. These included getting appointments in a reasonable time frame, researching specialists who had the expertise to diagnose and treat them (and who were in their managed care network), working through the complexities of authorizations, payment, and reimbursement issues that accompanied each visit.

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How Do We Make Dignity the Animating Principle in Healthcare?

Article | February 18, 2020

In healthcare, short-term efficiency means more tasks done, more patients were seen, more tests performed more revenue generated. If this were manufacturing, short-term efficiency would be a perfectly acceptable measure of success. For this approach to providing care, the Lown Institute, a nonpartisan think tank advocating for bold healthcare ideas, honored a group of what they clearly consider rapacious hospitals with the ignominious Shkreli Award. Martin Shkreli, as many will remember, is the widely reviled “pharma bro,” hedge fund manager and CEO who acquired the license to an anti-parasitic drug and promptly raised the price from $13 to $750 per pill. He currently resides in prison.

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How COVID-19 Could Impact Digital Health

Article | February 18, 2020

As the world grapples with the tragic COVID-19 pandemic, it is tempting to imagine a post-COVID future that includes some silver linings. As terrible as the situation is today, maybe this calamity will at least lead to some lasting, positive changes, particularly in healthcare. Telemedicine has already emerged as the poster child for this line of thinking. Providers and patients have dramatically increased the use of telemedicine to ensure continued access to healthcare services while maintaining social distancing and respecting the enormous burden on our healthcare workers and facilities. Regulators and payers are encouraging and enabling this shift by temporarily relaxing policies that have limited telemedicine.

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Addressing social determinants of health with data interoperability

Article | February 18, 2020

Across the spectrum of healthcare delivery – payor, provider, vendor, consumer, there is a land rush underway to embrace consumer-centric care. With tools like value-based care, chronic disease management, retail services, analytics, and remote patient monitoring, healthcare organizations are pivoting towards capabilities that provide a deeper understanding of patient behaviors and address the whole patient and not just the condition.

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Akira

Akira is reimagining Canadian healthcare — we're changing how healthcare is delivered and empowering patients to be engaged and proactive about their health. Right Health combines virtual and face-to-face care to offer on-demand, accessible healthcare convenience at your fingertips. Akira is the technology platform within Right Health’s offering that provides you with an instant connection to great Canadian doctors, nurse practitioners, and more

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