July 28, 2020

By Kara McCrudden

One of the only upsides of the pandemic is that animal shelters have reportedly been emptied, as many people have decided it is the perfect time to adopt a pet. In fact, a few Aria team members added furry members to their families during quarantine. We thought it would be fun to officially introduce Aria’s new dogs (and one cat): Polly, Maxwell Smart, Darcy and Bernard.

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July 22, 2020

As most of us in the healthcare IT sphere know, telehealth adoption has exploded thanks to COVID-19. In fact, according to a recent survey from our client Kyruus, 75% of patients had their first virtual visit in 2020 and Frost & Sullivan forecasts a sevenfold growth in telehealth usage by 2025.

 

At the start of the pandemic, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department for Health and Human Services (HHS) eased some HIPAA security rules to aid with the rapid shift to virtual care, particularly specifically allowing health systems to use non-complaint remote communication technology such as Zoom, Skype or FaceTime without facing penalties. While the move sped up the adoption of telemedicine, it didn’t eliminate the security and privacy risks associated with them.

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July 17, 2020

1. Get personal

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increased struggle with mental health nationwide, as support systems have changed or dissipated. As folks are cooped up at home and facing national and personal tragedy, many look to social media for comfort and escape.

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July 9, 2020

Just because Aria has (temporarily) gone virtual, that doesn’t mean we left our love of good eats at the office (though, we really, really miss Amarin)! Now that we have entered Phase 3 of the quarantine here in Massachusetts, more dining options are becoming available to us, which helps to take the sting out of this whole “working from home” thing – just a bit. Restaurants have taken a huge hit during this pandemic, and many will not survive the year without the increased support of their local communities. In that vein, I wanted to take an opportunity to profile a few of our team’s local favorite restaurants that are doing their part to keep the Aria crew nourished. Check them out!

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June 24, 2020

With gyms still closed in Massachusetts and social distancing orders in place, the Aria team has found new, fun ways to stay fit amidst the pandemic and avoid the “Quarantine 15” (because let’s face it, we have all been eating more than usual during this time of isolation and stress). While the Aria office is closed, our team is busier than ever and working remotely. We all miss seeing each other in our office, but most of us agree that one nice “perk” about working from home is using some of the time we normally would be commuting to exercise – which helps improve sleep and reduce stress.

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