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Virtual Health Visits Nearing 200,000 Since COVID-19. Here’s How it Works.

Telemedicine was not a new concept when the COVID-19 pandemic locked society down in March, it was simply underutilized. “I’ve been using virtual visits for several years now with my pacemaker patients,” said Dr. Steven Zweibel, system director of cardiac electrophysiology for the Hartford HealthCare (HHC) Heart & Vascular Institute. [...]

An ‘Aggressive Exerciser,’ Resistant to Partial Knee Replacement. And Then?

Peter Gailey of Simsbury is an active 58-year old, a proud “aggressive exerciser,” who  found himself suffering from considerable knee pain “It felt like knives were being stuck into both of my knees,” he said. But Peter was adamant about avoiding surgery. He tried injections, without relief. On vacation in [...]

New Visitor Guidelines: Hospital Restrictions Eased

With safety measures in place, Hartford HealthCare (HHC) announced a phased-in relaxation of the visitor restrictions put into place during the COVID-19 pandemic. “It was the right thing to do, the safe thing to do to try to limit the potential spread of this virus,” said HHC President and CEO [...]

Cellphone Location Data in May Shows Big Behavior Changes in Connecticut

Your cellphone doesn’t lie. Google’s latest Community Mobility Report, dated May 25, reflects an overwhelming desire by Connecticut residents to get outdoors — and still avoid going into their workplace — as the state economy reopens and the weather brightens during the COVID-19 pandemic. Use of parks, from April 13 [...]

Turning on the Faucet Slowly: Non-Emergency Surgeries Resume

Sixty patients filtered through Hartford Hospital within the last week for nonessential surgical procedures and “overwhelmingly” reported feeling safe as life in the facility starts to step out of the shadow cast by the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. John Grady-Benson, medical director of the Hartford HealthCare (HHC) Bone & Joint Institute, [...]

7 Ways to Make Hospitals, Doctors’ Offices Safe From COVID-19 as State Reopens

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Hartford HealthCare has never closed. But to help contain the spread of the virus, it suspended nonessential services, procedures and testing. Gradually, those services are phasing in at Hartford HealthCare hospitals, surgery centers, primary care offices, health centers and other facilities (above, the Bone & Joint [...]

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