US Senators propose giving $2 billion to healthcare facilities for broadband

At the start of April, a bipartisan group of House lawmakers introduced the Healthcare Broadband Expansion During COVID-19 Act. The bill proposed to increase telehealth funding in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The legislation seems to...

An iPhone and an ultrasound wand could help doctors spot COVID-19 remotely

The images in front of me on this Zoom call don't make much sense: There's a pie slice of noisy gray, punctuated by long, dark shadows that slide around laterally. And at the top sits a series of immobile, tightly packed layers. It's all gibberish to...

Medicare expands US telehealth coverage in response to COVID-19

In an effort to keep seniors at home during the coronavirus outbreak, Medicare is expanding coverage for telehealth nationwide. Medicare patients can now connect with doctors and other providers through phone or video. This should allow millions of o...

Walmart and Verizon may turn stores into 5G hubs

It might not be long before your 5G phone is helpful during your next shopping trip. Wall Street Journal sources say Walmart and Verizon (Engadget's parent company) are in talks to equip stores with 5G service, starting with a pair of stores this ye...

One consultation was enough to sell me on online doctors

This time last week, I was writhing in pain. I had a minor surgery a while back that left me susceptible to infections. This doesn't happen very often -- four times over the past decade -- but when it does, it's not fun. One side of my face swells g...

Digital Health: Changing Medical Schools Forever


Anatomy, physiology and introduction to clinical medicine, move over! This year, medical futurist Bertalan Mesko, MD launches a new course, “Disruptive Technologies in Medicine” with Professor Maria...

Digital Health In 2014: The Imperative Of Connectivity


Build it and they will come. I sense that this may be a guiding principal to digital health. Build a sexy device or a cool app and the democratization of healthcare will magically appear.   And while...