Digital health care: Better than the doctor’s office? – CNET

This story is part of CES, where our editors will bring you the latest news and the hottest gadgets of the entirely virtual CES 2021.

Three years ago, CNET discussed digital health at our Next Big Thing supersession and wondered aloud how much of the world would readily adopt health care from home, at that point still in its infancy. 

Oh, how times have changed. Over this past year of COVID-19 lockdowns, telehealth saw usage by US broadband households jump from 15% to 41% between the second quarter of 2019 and the same period in 2020, according to Parks Associates. That kind of progress rarely happens overnight, and overnight progress rarely happens without a lot of learning and a few growing pains.

To figure out what we've learned and what comes next for telehealth, I interviewed three thought leaders in the space during CES 2021. First, I spoke with Yulun Wang, Ph.D. and head of R&D for Teladoc Health, which recently acquired Livongo in one of the biggest business-of-medicine headlines of the year. Wang has pioneered remote health technologies of many kinds including the first FDA-approved surgical robot and the ZEUS robotic surgical system, which performed the world's first transatlantic surgery.

Next, I turned to Dr. Wendy Dean, CEO and cofounder of Moral Injury of Healthcare, a nonprofit consulting organization aimed at reforming and helping the medical industry pursue healing without causing conflict for patients and doctors. Dean has years of experience speaking on conflicts and challenges in providing truly helpful care, and she takes a thoughtful and critical look at the challenges telemedicine introduces and that the whole industry must navigate.

Finally, I looked to the future and what patients can expect in an interview with Dr. E Hanh Le, Chief Medical Officer at our sister brand Healthline Media. Le supervises a team of doctors who explain medical concepts and create content for patients, and she has years of experience understanding patients' concerns and explaining the direction medicine will take in the future.

The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.

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CNET expands into personal finance advice for a changing world – CNET

There are certain truisms in personal finance: Buy low, sell high. Save early and often. Stay in the markets for the long haul. But no one alive today has any personal experience with navigating the kinds of money decisions and situations that the coronavirus pandemic is forcing on all of us. 

Whether you've lost your job due to shutdowns or you're trying to wrap your head around changes to the value of your home or your investments, you need friendly and well-researched advice on how to keep your financial footing -- even if finances weren't your strong suit in the first place. That's why we're expanding CNET's coverage to include smart, trustworthy and relatable advice on the steps and products you need to master your own finances, whether you're deciding on tax software for a delayed Tax Day or trying to figure out the best hidden credit card perks.

CNET Personal Finance 's mission is to help you make better financial decisions in a world where technology and finances intersect in ways we never expected -- even ways that affect your personal health. We'll help you understand tech-driven robo-advisors for your investments, which credit cards work best, how to manage your budgeting with the help of digital tools, how to buy a house and the best tools to manage your employment and career choices. Technology and innovation will pave the way for your future financial gains, and we're here to help explain it.

In the days to come, we'll tell you how to invest and save during a pandemic, the best roboadvisors in 2020 and why you should still file your taxes even though it's not Tax Day. Come along with us for these helpful and fascinating conversations, brought to you by a team of expert finance journalists and how-to writers. We're excited to expand our coverage to bring this to you, and we look forward to helping you come out ahead. 

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