These innovations have not only made medical check-ups safer, but they’ve also helped modernize and improve the patient journey. These technologies automated many archaic administrative functions and offered medical practices genuine savings – in terms of both time and money.
Microsoft has made its aspirations in digital health clear with a whopping $19.7 billion deal to buy Nuance Communications and its artificial intelligence platform for speech recognition that is increasingly being used for clinical applications. The $56 per share deal is all about increasing Microsoft’s… Read More »Microsoft puts AI at heart of digital health strategy with Nuance deal
Digital health startup Omada is adding virtual consultations with physicians to its platform. To start, the company is offering physician-guided care for diabetes and hypertension.
What You Should Know: – Techstars-backed OpenLoop raises $3M in funding to expand digital health marketplace to connect certified clinicians to telehealth opportunities. – The company plans to use the funding to This financing enables OpenLoop to expedite the development of their marketplace technology and… Read More »OpenLoop Raises $3M to Expand Digital Health Marketplace for Clinicians
Dr. John Frownfelter, MD, FACP, Chief Medical Officer at Jvion In 1852, Mercy Hospital & Medical Center opened as Chicago’s first chartered hospital. In May, it will close, leaving residents of the surrounding South Side community — poor and mostly people of color — without… Read More »What Will It Take for Hospitals to Survive the Pandemic?
There should be a discussion about how to address the disproportionate impact Covid-19 has had on Black communities.
This factsheet provides an overview of medication abortion, with a focus on federal and state regulations pertaining to its provision and coverage, and the role of the drug in self-managed abortions.
The first quarter of 2021 has been one of investor optimism as the vaccine rollout continues ahead of expectations and economic activity begins to accelerate in response. Within the Health IT industry, the already strong investment and M&A trends seen in 2020 have only accelerated. Over the… Read More »Q1 2021 Health IT/Digital Health PC/VE, M&A, IPOs/ SPACs Activity
What You Should Know: – TytoCare has partnered with GIVA Care Group, a leading healthcare distribution company, to bring its all-in-one remote examination solution to the Ukrainian healthcare industry. – The partnership with GIVA Care will mark the first implementation of the TytoCare telehealth solution in Eastern Europe. As the sole distributor of TytoCare in Ukraine, GIVA Care is making the solution available to local physicians and healthcare… Read More »TytoCare & GIVA Care Partner to Bring Telehealth to Ukraine
Michael D. Robinson Vice President, Healthcare North America at VMware In the turmoil of one of the hardest years the healthcare industry has experienced, many healthcare organizations innovated nearly overnight, transforming bedside tablets into virtual care providers and parking garages into field hospitals. Through the… Read More »Why the Digital-First, Patient-Centered Care is Critical to Healthcare
Traditional patient care patterns have been radically altered by the COVID-19 pandemic. And after more than a year of disruption, it’s doubtful that everyone will revert to those patterns after the pandemic. New habits have been formed, and consumers are more willing to pursue the… Read More »Does Telemedicine Impede or Help the Patient-Centered Medical Home?
Virtual primary care startup Firefly Health plans to launch a benefit plan after raising $40 million in new funding. The company currently offers virtual and in-person access to a primary care team.
Sandeep Pulim, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Bluestream Health There’s no question that the demand for telehealth and virtual care has grown exponentially over the last twelve months. With that growth has come a fundamental shift in the attitude toward virtual care. No longer do… Read More »How a Virtual Care Mindset Leads to Greater Patient Acceptance and Sustainable Telehealth Growth
What You Should Know: – Today, Deep Lens and Cardinal Health announced a strategic collaboration that will integrate Deep Lens’ AI-based clinical trial matching solution, VIPER, into community-based oncology practices throughout the Cardinal network. VIPER will be a part of Cardinal Health’s new Navista advanced… Read More »Cardinal Health and Deep Lens Collaborate for AI-based Oncology Clinical Trial Matching
Insurance technology startup Bright Health has purchased Zipnosis, which provides telehealth services. Though details of the new transaction are sparse, the acquisition aims to lower healthcare costs and expand access to quality care.
What You Should Know: – Oneview Healthcare collaborated with long-time client, NYU Langone Health, to roll out a virtual patient engagement platform in response to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. – CXP Cloud Enterprise powered by Microsoft Azure technology with the use of Samsung… Read More »Oneview Healthcare Launches Cloud-Based Virtual Care Experience Platform
What You Should Know: – SOC Telemed, today announced the acquisition of Dallas-based Access Physicians in a deal valued at $194 million in cash and stock to become the largest pure-play provider of acute telemedicine in the country. – The company will deliver care to… Read More »SOC Telemed Acquires Access Physicians for $194M to Form Largest Acute Telemedicine Provider
A group of inventors at the University of Cincinnati are developing a drone that can be used to conduct virtual visits in patients’ homes. The technology aims to fill the gap in telehealth delivery among those who do not have access to the necessary devices… Read More »Drone in your home? Telehealth makeover underway at Univ of Cincinnati
As Amazon starts to roll out its telehealth and pharmacy offerings, most big health systems and insurers don’t yet view it as a threat. But pharmacy benefit managers and vertically integrated payers will be keeping a watchful eye on the company as it starts to… Read More »With telehealth, pharmacy offerings, Amazon starts to encroach on PBMs
Mark Prather MD, MBA, CEO & Co-founder at DispatchHealth The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed how we interact with one another, with businesses, and with the world around us. From social distancing to hand sanitation to remote working, its impact on society is immense. And among… Read More »How the Pandemic is Accelerating the Shift to Alternative Care Delivery Models
Ro, a direct-to-consumer health startup, recently raised a $500 million funding round. It plans to use the funds to expand into at-home diagnostics and care.
Venky Ananth, SVP, Global Head of Healthcare at Infosys The healthcare industry has been among those at the fore when it comes to cloud adoption. It’s no wonder then that between 2020 and 2024, the global market is projected to see a rise of nearly… Read More »Cloud Technologies in Healthcare: Improving Access to Care at Lower Costs
The Covid-19 pandemic has decimated hospital finances, and as a result, rural providers are forced to make key IT spending decisions with limited dollars. Here is a snapshot of how they will prioritize those dollars this year and the federal support they need to survive… Read More »Rural hospitals contend with an expensive shift to digital amid shrinking margins
Amazon is rolling out a telehealth service for other companies to offer as an employee benefit. But scale alone will not help it to unseat well-known telehealth brands in an increasingly competitive space.
In another big tie-up between a telehealth and digital health company, Grand Rounds and Doctor on Demand reached a merger agreement. Grand Rounds CEO Owen Tripp will serve as CEO of the combined business.
What You Should Know: – Grand Rounds, a leader in healthcare quality and clinical navigation, and Doctor on Demand, the nation’s leading virtual care provider, announced their merger agreement, creating a first-of-its-kind integrated virtual care company. – These two premier platforms will offer a patient… Read More »Grand Rounds Merges with Doctor on Demand to Create New Virtual Care Company
Rick Halton, Vice President of Marketing, Lumeon The COVID-19 pandemic made healthcare visits over video or phone the norm, likely turning telehealth into a permanent fixture within the U.S. healthcare system. In fact, the majority of patient access leaders at large hospitals believe 20-30 percent… Read More »Quality Virtual Care Matters for Patients – Even More Than Telehealth
While telehealth use soared last year, the biggest increases were among adults living in metropolitan areas with low poverty levels, according to research published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
The companies now have a total of 17 primary care clinics, which are currently limited to Amazon employees. It’s a separate effort from the telehealth service Amazon rolled out earlier for its Washington employees.
Fast growing UK telehealth provider Babylon Health bought a California-based practice as it looks to expand in the U.S. The company has several large contracts, including one to provide telehealth services to the U.K’s National Health Service.
What You Should Know: – bene : studio, a San Francisco, CA-based global digital product consultancy, announced its non-equity, online HealthTech Product Accelerator, starting on April 1st. The accelerator will focus exclusively on the enhancement of the participating companies’ design and technology. – This accelerator… Read More »bene : studio Launches HealthTech Product Accelerator Starting April 1st
Two founders started Oula, a maternity care startup that combines virtual and in-person care. They began seeing patients virtually in December and opened an in-person clinic on Tuesday.
Athar Siddiqui: Global Strategy Lead, Digital Connected Solutions – Ascensia Diabetes Care “Information technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven. I don’t think anybody can talk meaningfully about one without the talking about the other” – Bill Gates wrote this in 1999 and, nowadays, the… Read More »Data-Driven Future: Impact of Machine Learning on Diabetes Management
Terrence D. Sims, President of Strategic Growth and Marketing, Raintree Systems As COVID-19 continues to influence patient behaviors and causes providers to reevaluate how they operate their businesses, healthcare practices all around the world started looking for solutions that emphasize clinical efficiencies, elevate patient revenue… Read More »How to Optimize Your Healthcare Practice with Advanced Technology Solutions
Seniors in the U.S. are among the hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic and providing them with primary care proved to be a major challenge. But several organizations rose to the occasion, deftly changing their care delivery strategies as the pandemic evolved.
After a year of record growth, Teladoc set expectations for limited growth in its paid memberships and visits in 2021. But the company still sees long-term opportunities with a primary care pilot it is launching and its acquisition of Livongo.
The insurer is buying the telehealth company for an undisclosed sum through its health services portfolio Evernorth. The acquisition will enable Evernorth to offer a 24/7 virtual care platform to health plans and employers, including non-Cigna members.
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH “Telehealth has a much bigger role to play than just carrying out transactions,” says Amwell’s President & CEO, Roy Schoenberg, who joins Jess DaMassa for a sweeping philosophical discussion about how telehealth’s role will continue to evolve through the covid19… Read More »Amwell’s CEO Roy Schoenberg on Telehealth as “Healthcare Infrastructure”
According to an analysis of 1.8 million medical claims, employers’ claims were down 4% in 2020. Although telehealth visits plateaued at the end of the year, they made up nearly 1 in 5 visits.
Ford Blakely, SVP & GM, Medallia Zingle Although the vaccine’s rollout is slowly underway, Covid cases worldwide are continuing to reach all-time highs as new mutations make the virus even more contagious than ever before. Not surprisingly, patients’ concerns about visiting their healthcare providers in… Read More »3 Ways to Boost Patient Confidence with Real-Time Contactless Communication
Moha Desai, Principal, Healthcare Strategy & Transformation Health systems across the country will require a plan to react to government deep spending cuts and revenue shortfalls due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hospital services have seen a significant downturn in demand in 2020, and the recent… Read More »11 Best Practices of a Successful Care Model Transformation Plan
Paul Banco, CEO of etherFAX To support the sudden increase in test results and medical records being transmitted during the pandemic, hospitals, laboratories, and pharmacies implemented additional devices and remote connections into their networks. After the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) lifted penalties around telehealth… Read More »Best Practices to Ensure Telehealth Security and Protect Patient Data
Digital primary care startup 98point6 is adding digital mental health services to its app. The company added text-based visits with a therapist or behavioral health coach to its platform.
What You Should Know: – 98point6 announces the launch of its new virtual behavioral health service – 98point6 Primary Care Plus Behavioral Health. – With primary care at the center, 98point6’s new single-stop virtual care solution helps ensure that every patient is fully supported in… Read More »98point6 Launches New Virtual Behavioral Health Offering
Co-Author: Tomoyuki Wakamura, Business Development Manager Divergent responses to the pandemic and a stutter-step start to global vaccine administration have shown just how varied global health systems are; challenging notions about strengths and weaknesses – at home and abroad. We’re taking the pulse of healthcare in our… Read More »Healthcare Now – Perspectives from Australia and Japan
Stephan Herron, CEO/President of Scriptel Corporation While certain healthcare regulations—especially those around telehealth visits—have been relaxed during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the core compliance and regulatory environment remain intact, including rules around signatures. Many hospitals and health systems have set up temporary care facilities or… Read More »Electronic Signatures Speed Care, Keep Providers in Compliance
What You Should Know: – ECRI Institute identified the complexity of managing medical devices with COVID-19 emergency use authorization as the number one technology hazard in its Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2021 report. ECRI Institute’s Top 10 Health Technology Hazards, now in its 14th year, identifies… Read More »ECRI Institute: Top 10 Health Technology Hazards to Watch in 2021
Michelle Drolet, CEO of Towerwall, Healthcare organizations have faced continual stress from heavy COVID-19 caseloads in 2020. Cyberattacks on their information networks also loomed as a serious threat, and the pressure to protect data is expected to grow this year, as more criminals target healthcare… Read More »Escalating Cyberattacks on Healthcare Organizations Highlight Need for Security Interventions
Uri Bettesh, CEO and Founder of Datos Health 2020 was undeniably the year that saw telehealth and remote care services come to the forefront of medical care. Many have hypothesized that, in the post-COVID world, remote care programs will be ubiquitous throughout hospitals and health systems. However, such a future is far from certain, as… Read More »The Future of Remote Care Automation Begins with Cardiac Rehabilitation
Zocdoc, which had built its business as an online scheduling platform for doctors, quickly pivoted at the beginning of the pandemic to offer telehealth visits. The company recently raised $150 million from Francisco Partners.
The Office of the Inspector General will audit Medicare Part B telehealth services to detect potential vulnerabilities and ensure compliance with regulatory requirements. To prepare, providers must first take stock of their programs and conduct audits of their own, experts say.
Several states passed recent laws that would require commercial insurance plans to cover more telehealth services on a permanent basis. More states now require health plans to pay the same amount for telehealth as in-person visits.
A new playbook from WELL™ Health offers hospitals a roadmap during this public health crisis for providing efficient and timely patient communication including appointments, virtual care, testing, and more.
Patient volumes were uneven in 2020, and a new report shows volumes will likely remain below pre-pandemic levels in 2021. This indicates challenges for hospitals looking to stabilize their finances — but there are some key strategies that can help.
Walgreens appoints Rosalind (Roz) Brewer as the company’s Chief Executive Officer, effective on March 15, 2021. Brewer will also join the WBA Board of Directors upon assuming the role. She succeeds Stefano Pessina who, as previously announced, will transition to the role of Executive Chairman… Read More »Executive Hires: Walgreens Appoints New CEO, Cityblock Health, Innovaccer, Others
Lisa Romano, MSN, RN, Chief Nursing Officer at CipherHealth I was the voice of social distancing, a proponent of mask-wearing from the very start. Still, after months of keeping distance from loved ones, the idea of a quick, safe, outdoor family gathering on a beautiful… Read More »Telehealth Helped Me Beat COVID-19, But It’s Just A Start
A pair of new studies show that telehealth use differs by specialty, patient condition as well as socioeconomic factors, which may affect the technology used for care delivery.
Nicole Muehlenhaus, Senior Product Manager, Ergotron As the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated telehealth adoption, many patients and providers supported the remote-friendly technology. While the big spikes of usage may slow, adoption is still far ahead from where it was pre-pandemic, and we expect that to remain.… Read More »Virtual Care in the Post-COVID World: How to Prepare Your Healthcare Environment
Chris Evanguelidi, Director, Enterprise Healthcare Market for Redpoint Global Inc. Researchers from Johns Hopkins published a study in October on the impact of the pandemic on health care delivery. Among its findings, the data show a 21.4% decrease in primary care visits in Q2 of… Read More »A Patient Engagement Strategy Needs to Deliver a Holistic Experience
Folx, a direct-to-consumer health startup for LGBTQ patients, raised $25 million in funding. The company, which launched in December and currently operates in 11 states, plans to use the funds to further expand its footprint and expand into sexual health and family planning services.
Waseem Ghannam, MD, President, Telehealth Solution A night doctor’s dilemma Five years ago, I was practicing medicine in a rural hospital in North Carolina as a nocturnist, when I received a call from an Emergency Room (ER) doctor. “Hey, it’s Blake. Room 7. Demented. UTI,”… Read More »Treat in Place: Protecting Nursing Home Patients From Hospital Readmission
Concert Health, a San Diego-based behavioral health startup that partners with primary care providers, raised $14 million in series A funding.
With the new year underway, we are excited and encouraged by the new COVID-19 vaccines being deployed to healthcare workers and high-risk individuals in the United States and Canada. Here in the United States, each of our states are receiving their allocated commitments of vaccinations… Read More »Healthcare Now – What’s Next in the Americas
What You Should Know: – Concentra recently transitioned their three-year-old Concentra Telemed® offering from Amwell to the eVisit Virtual Care platform. – The eVisit Virtual Care platform is supporting all of Concentra’s telemedicine requirements, including its industry-leading 24/7/365 Concentra Telemed offering and Concentra Telerehab®, conducting… Read More »Concentra Transitions Telemed Offering from Amwell to eVisit Virtual Care Platform
From telehealth to digital trials, customer engagement to healthcare data, Healthware Group outlines the key trends that are expected to shake up digital health this year. Well, it goes without saying, COVID-19 has resulted in a rapid adoption of digital technologies across all industries, most… Read More »What we’re expecting in 2021, and beyond…
Ralf-Gordon Jahns, Managing Director of R2G For many companies, 2020 has been a devastating year due to the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the same can be said for the digital health sector, the pandemic has also paved a way for unexpected and extraordinary… Read More »Top 5 Business Opportunities for Digital Health Companies in 2021. Where Is The Money?
CIOs need to look beyond just EHRs and explore standalone platforms to enhance care delivery – keeping focused on reliable patient data and streamlined clinical workflows.
In an interview with MedCity News, Amwell CEO Dr. Roy Schoenberg shared how attitudes around telehealth have changed and what he’s watching for in future policy.
The three-year-old digital health startup began trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday. It merged with a subsidiary of Oaktree Capital Management in a deal that valued the company at $1.6 billion.
Roberto Martinez, President, Mexico, Encora Among the many evolving technologies in the healthcare industry, there may be none more important or impactful than remote patient monitoring (RPM) hardware and software solutions. This technology is opening up new possibilities in extended healthcare – saving patients money,… Read More »Challenges of Operationalizing Remote Patient Monitoring Data
What You Should Know: – Tyto Care announces the launch of its fingertip Pulse Oximeter device, allowing users to measure their own blood oxygen saturation level and heart rate from the comfort and safety of home. – Expanding its clinic-quality remote capabilities, TytoCare users will… Read More »Tyto Care Launches FDA-Cleared Fingertip Pulse Oximeter Medical Device
There is almost no profession that technology hasn’t improved or changed in some way. At the touch of a button, we can order our groceries for delivery to our door. In the near future, drones may become commonplace for mail delivery. Every small change is… Read More »4 Technologies That Are Transforming the Nursing Profession
K Health raised $132 million in funding, which it plans to use to expand its platform into pediatric patients. The company has built a symptom-checker app and lets patients text a primary care physician for an additional fee.
What You Should Know: – Aledade raises $100 Million in Series D funding to help more primary care practices thrive in value-based care. – The new funding will power the growth of a nationwide network of more than one million patients by further expanding into… Read More »Aledade Secures $100M for Value-Based Primary Care, Reaching $2.1B Valuation
What You Should Know: – Conversa Health raises an additional $8M, expanding its Series B round to $20M for its automated virtual care platform, totaling $34M in funding to date. – The Series B round, first announced at $12 million in June, was co-led by… Read More »Conversa Health Expands Series B to $20M with Additional $8M in Funding
What You Should Know: – Philips announces the acquisition of Capsule, a leading vendor-neutral Medical Device Integration Platform with a software-as-a-service business model – The Capsule acquisition is a strong fit with Philips’ strategy to transform the delivery of healthcare along the health continuum with… Read More »Philips Acquires Medical Device Integration Platform Capsule for $635M
In the face of COVID-19, healthcare witnessed how crises can become the long-awaited push for creativity and innovation that the industry needs. When our healthcare infrastructure’s weaknesses were exposed, telehealth helped to stitch them up, with the number of telehealth claims increasing 8,336% nationally from… Read More »3 Steps to Maintain Telehealth’s Momentum Post-Pandemic
What You Should Know: – UnitedHealthcare is rolling out a virtual primary care plan for employers that will be powered by telehealth platform Amwell, CNBC first reports. – The virtual primary care plan will allow patients access to physicians with low or no co-pays for… Read More »UnitedHealth Rolls Out Employer Virtual Primary Care Plan
Heidi Sveistrup, CEO at Bruyère Research Institute Elza Seregelyi, Director at L-SPARK The Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) is changing the face of healthcare and has the potential to significantly improve patient access as well as system efficiencies. The adoption of telemedicine, for example, spurred… Read More »IoMT Is Improving Patient Access: We Must Avoid Creating New Barriers
Michael Morgan, CEO of Updox The majority of industries have decreased or eliminated their use of the traditional fax machine over the past decade, including aviation, retail, and even finance. While the healthcare industry is at the forefront of disease research and treatment, however, it… Read More »Transitioning from Traditional to E-Fax: How Healthcare Communications are Transforming Post-COVID
What You Should Know: – FCC announces initial 14 pilot project selected for $100M Connected Care Pilot Program that will support connected care service across the country and focus on low-income and veteran patients. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today announced an initial set of… Read More »FCC Unveils 14 Initial Projects Selected for $100M Connected Care Pilot Program
Dr. Gary Call, Chief Medical Officer at HMS As healthcare spending continues to rise, so too does the inherent risk for bad actors to take advantage. Today, the United States is estimated to spend nearly 18 percent of its GDP, or $3.6 trillion, on healthcare,… Read More »Provider Strategies for Mitigating Telehealth Fraud & Abuse in 2021
During a panel discussion at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference, three physicians from Stanford Medicine discussed the investment opportunities that can help accelerate innovation in healthcare in the coming year.
Despite concerns over broadband access and reimbursement, telehealth still brings many opportunities to care for patients covered by Medicare and Medicaid, panelists said at CES.
What You Should Know: – NRC Health today released its 2021 Healthcare Consumer Trends Report, which surveyed 2 million healthcare consumers against the backdrop of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. – The latest report highlights the major trends that came to light last year, and how… Read More »How COVID-19 Reshaped Healthcare Consumerism & 4 Key Trends to Know for 2021
What You Should Know: – NeuroFlow raises $20M to expand its technology-enabled behavioral health integration platform, led by Magellan Health. – NeuroFlow’s suite of HIPAA-compliant, cloud-based tools simplify remote patient monitoring, enable risk stratification, and facilitate collaborative care. With NeuroFlow, health care organizations can finally… Read More »NeuroFlow Secures $20M for Tech-Enabled Behavioral Health Integration Platform
Roughly a third of adults had a telehealth visit in the first 6 months of the pandemic, according to a new survey conducted by the Urban Institute. But not everyone who wanted a telehealth visit was able to access it, leaving some adults with unmet… Read More »Patients report unmet care needs despite rising telehealth use
In an increasingly crowded landscape, digital health startups must figure out what sets them apart. Three startup leaders shared what differentiates their companies from the competition at this year’s J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference.
What You Should Know: – Telehealth adoption for behavioral health services jumped sharply during the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown, according to a new RAND Corporation study. Telehealth adoption increased sharply during the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown, with the approach being used more often for behavioral health services… Read More »Behavioral Health Services Fueled Telehealth Adoption During Pandemic, Study Finds
2020 was the year that changed everything, and as the new year begins many are wondering what awaits the world in 2021. Impetus Digital co-founder and CEO Natalie Yeadon reflects on the last 12 months and shares her views on the healthcare, research and digital… Read More »2021 – The healthcare changes here to stay
John Langton, Ph.D. Director of Applied Data Science, Wolters Kluwer, Health Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals and health systems have pushed forward with innovative technology solutions with great expediency and proficiency. Healthcare organizations were quick to launch telehealth solutions and advance digital… Read More »Transforming Care Delivery Through AI-Powered Predictive Surveillance
Dr. Brandon Salke, PHARM.D, Pharmacist-in-charge, Optime Care One of the biggest challenges for biopharmaceutical companies of rare and orphan disease patient populations is optimizing disease management in a way that enhances the patient journey and improves outcomes. As these companies seek innovative solution partners, a… Read More »Why A Patient-First Strategy for Specialty Rx Pharmacists Is Critical to Optimize Outcomes
Hinge Health, a startup offering virtual physical therapy, recently raised $300 million in funding. The company now has a value of more than $3 billion, the company confirmed.
In response to the spike in demand for virtual care services amid the Covid-19 pandemic, UCLA Health developed telehealth-specific triage protocols to ensure their patients are getting care through the appropriate medium — whether in person or via a video visit. Here’s how they did… Read More »How UCLA Health incorporated telehealth into its triage protocol
Mike McSherry, CEO & Co-founder of Xealth HIT Consultant sat down with Mike McSherry, CEO, and co-founder of Seattle-based digital prescription platform Xealth to discuss digital health lessons learned in 2020 and what we can expect in 2021. As Xealth’s CEO, Mike also works with… Read More »Xealth’s CEO Shares Impact of Digital Health in 2020 and What’s Ahead in 2021
Most Americans plans to use telehealth after the pandemic, according to a survey conducted by the Harris Poll. While most respondents were comfortable using virtual visits, they were also keen on keeping in-person visits with their doctor.
The COVID-19 crisis has demanded innovative agility, relentlessly applied – proving again that information technology teams are crucial strategic partners for future goals.
Dr. Paul Hain, Chief Medical Officer of GoHealth Telehealth is Here to Stay in 2021 Prior to the pandemic, telehealth was a limited ad-hoc service with geographic and provider restrictions. However, with both the pandemic restrictions on face to face interactions and a relaxation of… Read More »12 Telehealth & Virtual Care Predictions and Trends for 2021 Roundup
From vaccines to virtual care, enterprise imaging to precision medicine, these are the growth areas that will shape the direction of healthcare, this year and beyond.
Adam Sabloff, Founder and CEO of VirtualHealth As we re-examine the healthcare system in the wake of the pandemic, we are continually identifying opportunities to rebuild parts of the system to new and improved specifications. One critical facet is digital health, where we continue to… Read More »How to Capitalize on Digital Health Momentum in 2021
The pandemic has shed light on inefficiencies in healthcare systems, and provided an opportunity to adjust how we manage care in the future. Jennifer Haas, executive vice president of Noteworth, shares her 2021 predictions surrounding the future of telehealth and big data. Healthcare providers are… Read More »How Big Data will accelerate the future of digital medicine in 2021
Teladoc Health and Livongo Merge The combination of Teladoc Health and Livongo creates a global leader in consumer-centered virtual care. The combined company is positioned to execute quantified opportunities to drive revenue synergies of $100 million by the end of the second year following the… Read More »2020’s Top 20 Digital Health M&A Deals Totaled $50B
As we close out the year, we asked several healthcare executives to share their predictions and trends for 2021. Kimberly Powell, Vice President & General Manager, NVIDIA Healthcare Federated Learning: The clinical community will increase their use of federated learning approaches to build robust AI models across various… Read More »30 Executives Share Top Healthcare Predictions & Trends to Watch in 2021
Donovan Quill, President and CEO, Optime Care Industry experts state that orphan drugs will be a major trend to watch in the years ahead, accounting for almost 40% of the Food and Drug Administration approvals this year. This market has become more competitive in the past few years,… Read More »Patient-First Model: High Tech Meets High Touch for Individuals with Rare Disorders
In a wide-ranging interview with MedCity News, Cerner CommunityWorks President Mitchell Clark discussed the healthcare challenges facing rural communities amid the Covid-19 pandemic and the company’s new free offering that aims to support rural telehealth.
What You Should Know: – Service commerce platform EverCommerce acquires Dublin, OH-based Updox, a healthcare communication platform for in-person and virtual care. – The acquisition expands EverCommerce’s health services portfolio and enables the companies to further their shared goal of simplifying the business of healthcare… Read More »M&A: EverCommerce Acquires Healthcare Communication Platform Updox
Reviewing 2019’s key digital health stories last year I suggested that, while big strides continued to be made, any definitive ‘coming of age’ moment for the sector was unlikely. But that was before the first reports emerged of a highly contagious coronavirus and 2020 will… Read More »5 ways digital health, and digital pharma, changed in 2020
Martyn Crew, Director of Solutions Marketing at Gigamon In 2019, 41 million patient records breached in 572 reported incidents at an average cost of $1.8 million per breach. These statistics are far from surprising with healthcare records selling for a reported average of $45 on… Read More »COVID-19 Exposed The True Vulnerability of Healthcare Infrastructure
The academic medical center collaborated with GE Healthcare to set up the first virtual intensive care unit program in the state, which will help the organization extend its critical care expertise across rural areas and manage bed capacity amid climbing Covid-19 cases.
What You Should Know: – Philips acquires BioTelemetry, a U.S. provider of remote cardiac diagnostics and monitoring for $72.00 per share for an implied enterprise value of $2.8 billion (approx. EUR 2.3 billion). – With $439M in revenue in 2019, BioTelemetry annually monitors over 1… Read More »M&A: Philips Acquires Remote Cardiac Monitoring BioTelemetry for $2.8B
Telemedicine, once an intriguing proposition struggling to reach its potential, became an absolute necessity in 2020. In the early days of COVID-19, as medical centers labored to deal with an influx of patients while also trying to mitigate coronavirus spread, telemedicine was urgently needed as… Read More »Looking at Emerging Trends in Telemedicine
The plain truth is that rural America has always had a market failure problem. In the 1930s, the problem manifests as woefully inadequate telephone and electrical service. The spaces were just too wide open, the potential customers too few, for companies to invest in America’s… Read More »Is Broadband Access The Missing Key to Improving Rural Healthcare?
What You Should Know: – With ICU beds near capacity across the United States, GE Healthcare announced a strategic partnership with Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) that will allow OHSU to oversee and help provide care to ICU patients across eight hospital sites via… Read More »OHSU to Deploy Virtual ICU Across 8 Sites to Extend Care to Patients in Rural Communities
What You Should Know: – GoodRx, today announced the addition of telehealth and mail order benefits to its subscription program, GoodRx Gold. – GoodRx Gold Savings Program members can now receive exclusive discounts on online doctor visits and free mail delivery via the GoodRx app,… Read More »GoodRx Adds Telehealth, Mail Order to Subscription Program
ConsejoSano, a patient engagement platform that works with several of the large insurers, raised $17 million in series B funding. The startup’s focus is to better communicate with patients based on their cultural background.
As 2020 draws to a close, healthcare providers are strategizing for the new year and the new normal. Providers will need to retool their telehealth efforts and prepare to meet a burgeoning mental crisis, among other issues.
At Geisinger in Pennsylvania, a pilot program to bring care to the homes of older patients with complex healthcare needs has shown a 35% reduction in visits to the emergency department visits, a 40% drop in hospital admissions and an average annual savings of nearly… Read More »Technology brings care to home for chronically ill patients
Some of the biggest legal stories of the year include patients attempting to mount a class action lawsuit against Mayo Clinic after an employee improperly viewed more than 1,600 health records and the Supreme Court hearing opening arguments in a case challenging the constitutionality of… Read More »5 big healthcare lawsuits of 2020
Anne Davis, Director of Quality Programs & Medicare Strategy at HMS A global health crisis has thrust us into a scenario in which lives quite literally depend on the ability to virtually connect. Telehealth has rapidly emerged as a vital tool, enabling continuity of care,… Read More »As Telehealth Surges, Are Seniors Being Left Behind?
What You Should Know: – DispatchHealth launches Clinic Without Walls, a new service line offering patients a telemedicine visit with in-person assistance for more complex medical visits. – The initial service line will be available in a pilot to MultiCare patients in the Tacoma and… Read More »DispatchHealth Launches New Clinic Without Walls for Enhanced Virtual Visits to MultiCare Patients
What You Should Know: – Cerner Corporation today announced with Xealth new centralized digital ordering and monitoring for health systems, starting with Banner Health, to foster digital innovation. – Health systems can prescribe digital therapeutics, smartphones, and internet apps directly within the EHR to address… Read More »Cerner, Banner Health, Xealth Partner to Simplify How Clinicians Prescribe Digital Health
What You Should Know: – Elation Health, which provides an easy-to-use and affordable clinical technology platform for more than 7 million independent primary care clinicians serving 14M+ patients – including an EHR raises $40M in Series C funding from Al Gore’s sustainable investment firm, Generation… Read More »Elation Health Nabs $40M for Clinical-First Solution to Power Independent Primary Care
What You Should Know: – LA-based Scanwell Health announced today that its at-home UTI test kits – featuring the first FDA-cleared urinalysis app that lets people test for a UTI without having to visit a lab or doctor – is now available on Amazon.com. –… Read More »Scanwell Health’s FDA-Cleared, Smartphone-Enabled UTI Test Kit Now Available at Amazon
Powered by Doctor on Demand, ArcBest Rolls Out Virtual Primary Care Health Plan to its 13k Employees
What You Should Know: – Publicly traded logistics company ArcBest announced its deal with Doctor On Demand to introduce its virtual-first health plan to its 13,000 employees, who are largely “essential workers” as long-haul truckers. – Employees appreciated the convenience and safety of 24/7 virtual… Read More »Powered by Doctor on Demand, ArcBest Rolls Out Virtual Primary Care Health Plan to its 13k Employees
Mature health systems recognize the importance of context and design virtual care programs accordingly: Telehealth looks different for millennials and retirees, rural and urban patients and population groups with fundamentally different healthcare needs.
Don Godbee Don Godbee, Mobile Solutions Architect at Stratix Don Godbee Telehealth and virtual care are not brand-new phenomena suddenly cobbled together as a rapid response to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the average US patient could be forgiven for thinking that it… Read More »Ensuring Telehealth Providers’ Virtual Care Dollars Make Sense
Tom Stanis, Verily’s co-founder and former head of software, left the Alphabet subsidiary in February to found a new healthcare startup. Called Story Health, his new startup is focused on providing care in the gaps between specialty visits.
The Ohio-based health system is working with three organizations to provide residents of Cleveland’s Fairfax neighborhood with access to high-speed internet at affordable prices. The collaboration aims to alleviate health disparities that arise from a lack of reliable access to the internet.
Providing care for chronic disease patients during a one-in-a-century pandemic is full of challenges, but health systems like Jefferson Health are finding ways — with help from technology — to make sure their patients are getting the care they need.
Cheryl Rodenfels, Healthcare Strategist, Nutanix The COVID-19 pandemic has shed light on the shortcomings of today’s hospital and healthcare IT infrastructure, with many healthcare organizations quickly adopting the latest and greatest technology to support remote operations. However, in the scramble to adapt, many IT leaders… Read More »The Modern Approach to Acquiring Healthcare IT
The final physician payment rule for next year includes changes to the list of telehealth services covered by Medicare and updated payment policies for remote physiologic monitoring.
Shalini Shah, MD is Vice-Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care, and Enterprise Director of Pain Services, UC Irvine Health The dominant presence of COVID-19 has not meant the absence of cancer, ear infections, heart attacks, chronic pain, or other illnesses that… Read More »Virtual Engagement During COVID Pushes Paradigm Shift for Physician Training and Patient Care
The US government has introduced a scheme to allow hospitals to reduce the number of inpatients they see through a telehealth platform that would helps deliver acute care at home. The move comes as the number of new cases of COVID-19 have been climbing to… Read More »As COVID-19 cases swell, US extends telehealth to acute care
Recent Executive Hires: CVS Health New President, Cleveland Clinic/Amwell Joint Venture Leadership, Others
Neela Montgomery, EVP & President at CVS Pharmacy/Retail CVS Health Corporation names Neela Montgomery Executive Vice President and President of CVS Pharmacy/Retail, effective November 30, 2020. Montgomery will oversee the company’s 10,000 pharmacies across the United States. Montgomery, currently a Board Partner at venture capital… Read More »Recent Executive Hires: CVS Health New President, Cleveland Clinic/Amwell Joint Venture Leadership, Others
Elizabeth Bierbower, Former President of Humana’s Group & Specialty Division Healthcare can achieve optimum efficiency when patients are at the center of care. When patients have the necessary information to navigate their care journey, they will choose the path to high-quality care at the lowest… Read More »COVID-19: How Can Payers Prepare for Mandates and Support Pandemic Relief Efforts
A merger involving two US digital health specialists and a blank cheque company has created a telemedicine player, called UpHealth, that is valued at more than $1.3 billion. The three-way deal combines UpHealth – which provides patient care management, telemedicine and digital pharmacy services and… Read More »Digital health player UpHealth swells with three-way merger
What You Should Know: – GigCapital2 Inc has agreed to merge with UpHealth Holdings Inc and Cloudbreak Health LLC to create a public digital healthcare company valued at $1.35 billion, including debt, the blankcheck acquisition company said on Monday. – The combined company will be… Read More »SPAC Mergers with 2 Telehealth Companies to Form Public Digital Health Company in $1.35B Deal
Vasilios Nassiopoulos, VP of Platform Strategy and Innovation, Hayes Razor-thin operational margins coupled with substantial and ongoing losses related to COVID-19 are culminating in a perfect storm of bottom-line issues for U.S. hospitals and health systems. A study commissioned by the American Hospital Association (AHA) found that… Read More »Hospital Sustainability Demands that Revenue Integrity Move Front and Center
Lightened telehealth regulations have expanded access to virtual visits for therapy and other mental health surges. But many patients still aren’t having their needs met.
What You Should Know: – Cerner launches new Video Visit platform for CommunityWorks clients at no cost through 2021 to support rural health organizations. Today in honor of National Rural Health Day, Cerner has announced the launch of their new telehealth offering to support rural… Read More »Cerner Launches Video Visit Platform for CommunityWorks Clients
Follow along with our blog series #HealthcareNow and #PublicSectorNow, where we’ll address healthcare innovation around the world and how to maintain business continuity in today’s health climate. In the past few months, we’ve seen huge shifts in how people are working. This naturally extends to the healthcare industry,… Read More »How Webex Uses Patient and Provider Insight to Improve Virtual Care Delivery
The New York based startup is working to build a network of therapists and other mental health providers. It recently raised a $26 million series A round led by Thrive and GV.
Mark Denissen, President and CEO, Anelto Many in the healthcare industry are keeping an eye on the rollout of 5G wireless, which promises to connect people and things at higher speed and lower latency. In the healthcare realm, this means high-resolution images such as CT… Read More »While We Wait for 5G, Is Wi-Fi or Cellular Better for RPM Solutions?
As the Covid-19 crisis accelerates, healthcare organizations are turning to technology solutions to help them keep pace with patient care needs as well as population health initiatives.
Prasad Dindigal, Vice President, Healthcare & Life Sciences, EXL. Over the past few months, primarily as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth has gone from a “nice-to-have” to a “must-have” for healthcare providers. The surge of COVID-19 patients in the spring, coupled with “stay-at-home”… Read More »8 Ways Advanced Analytics Can Help You Decide If Telehealth Should Be Temporary or Permanent
What You Should Know: – Amwell just announced some new offerings Amwell Now, Touchpoint Tablet software, and C500 to help increase doctor-to-patient virtual connections as patient and doctor preferences change in light of the pandemic. – The new solutions (a quick-to-deploy video visit offering, new… Read More »Amwell Launches New Offerings to Increase Doctor-to-Patient Virtual Connectivity
Video conferencing company Zoom reached a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission over claims that the company used end-to-end encryption in its video calls, when it reportedly used a lower level of security.