Launching a digital hospital | OSF HealthCare

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, OSF Innovation and OSF OnCall Digital Health rapidly set up a virtual program to treat sick people at home while also reducing stress on hospital capacity and medical providers. The idea grew out of a Trailblazer Challenge, a competition that helps Mission Partners bring their ideas to life.

In just three months, OSF HealthCare was among a few health systems in the country successfully leveraging technology to care for more than 100 patients at their own homes across Illinois. As a result, OSF became one of three health care systems in the state granted a waiver to provide hospital-level, inpatient care at peoples’ homes. The next step was to determine what this concept would look like for the Ministry.

“We needed to pause what we were doing and really think about how to design and build a program that ensures patients are offered

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You May Have 99 Problems, but Your Skin Should Not Be One! – Health Tips


With all life’s stress, the hustle-bustle, and melancholy, we often forget to honor and shower love and affection on our skin. Skin, the largest organ of our body, does need some TLC from time to time. November marks national skin health month, and you could begin your skincare journey if you still have not. How could you do so? Curious? Keep reading…

1. Do Not Wrinkle; Make SPF Your BFF!



If you are one of those who ditch their sunscreens once the summer is over, then you are up for some serious gamble. For happy skin, you must be loyal to your sunscreen. Even if you huddle up like a sushi roll under multiple layers during the winter, the sun still touches your skin all year long, so it is crucial to remain vigilant year-round. Long-term excessive sun exposure can hasten your skin’s aging process and make you susceptible to

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COVID-19, flu, RSV, cold or allergies? How to tell the difference

There are many similar symptoms of COVID-19, flu, RSV, the common cold and allergies.

Sometimes, it may be difficult to determine what ailment you or a family member may be experiencing. So how can you know what you’re dealing with?

The biggest difference is the shortness of breath associated with COVID-19. RSV also has quick onset of rapid breathing or wheezing. The flu, cold and allergies do not cause shortness of breath unless it progresses to pneumonia.

COVID-19 symptoms and prevention

Symptoms for RSV, COVID-19, Seasonal Flu, Common Cold and Seasonal Allergies


Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Dry cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

How to protect yourself from COVID-19

  • Get vaccinated or if you’re already vaccinated, get your booster.
  • Wear a face mask when you go out in public as required by CDC guidelines
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Of Turkeys, Traditions, and Thankfulness – Health Tips


That time of the year is rolling around again for those celebrating the festival, which gives you an excuse to not buy gifts. Instead, all you are required to do is be thankful. And also gorge on turkey. It is interesting how all considerations of personal beliefs and ancestry are lost when a simple celebration of Thanksgiving becomes a tie that binds, which is to say that food and gratefulness bring people together. But if you are looking for tips on how to build your own special Thanksgiving memory, this is where you come for pointers.

1. Long, Long Ago


And so the story goes… Because you do not start a whole research project without the background info. History is the whole reason why Thanksgiving is even a thing, so learn we shall. It all harks back to when the Pilgrims (the survivors who traveled to America on the Mayflower)

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Global Handwashing Day: Clean Hands a Recipe For Better Health – Health Tips


In all the lands, wash your hands. The best maxim to live by is to put safety first. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, washing your hands the right way multiple times a day has become sort of a lifestyle. Also, it is important to have a handwashing ritual as we officially enter the cold and flu season.

Research on hand care has shown that the mortality rates due to respiratory and gastric diseases can be reduced just by soaping your hands at regular intervals. It is surprising to learn that there are still people who do not wash their hands on a daily basis, even before eating or prepping meals. This transpires the need for Global Handwashing Day – encouraging good hygiene practices for better health.


1. When in Doubt, Wash It Out


Squeaky clean hands are just seven steps away. Learn the seven hand-washing steps endorsed by the Centers for

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