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4 Best Practices to Deliver Virtual Palliative Care for Providers

Michael Fratkin, MD, FAAHPM, Chief Medical Officer at Vynca More and more people are living with serious illnesses such as cancer, heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and liver disease. The National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) reports that 60 percent of U.S. adults have a chronic disease, which is the …

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Pager Secures $70M to Expand Virtual Care Navigation & Journey Platform

What You Should Know: – Pager, a New York City-based virtual care navigation and collaboration platform, today announced it has raised $70 million as part of an equity and debt financing round led by Susquehanna Private Equity Investments and included new and existing financial and strategic investors, including an affiliate of Horizon Healthcare Services, Inc., …

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eVisit Nabs $45 Million to Scale Virtual Care Platform

What You Should Know: – eVisit, a Phoenix-based virtual care platform for large healthcare providers, today announced that it has closed a $45M in Series B financing round led by the Growth Equity business within Goldman Sachs Asset Management (Goldman Sachs), with participation from Texas Health Resources, Tom Burton and Steve Barlow (Co-founders of Health …

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Alpha Medical Lands $24M for Women’s Virtual Primary Care Platform

What You Should Know: – Femtech company Alpha Medical, today announced it has raised $24M in Series B funding to expand its market share in women’s virtual primary care. Alpha Medical recognizes that women’s healthcare needs reshaping to include reproductive health, primary and urgent care, and mental health services. – Alpha Medical leverages a unique …

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Clinicians Believe Telehealth Will Make Up Majority of Future Patient Care, Report Finds

What You Should Know: – 76% of patient-facing clinicians believe telehealth will make up a majority of patient care in the near future, according to key findings from Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s (HPE) first-ever multi-country Future of Healthcare” Survey.  The new report not only found healthcare clinicians and IT Decision Makers (ITDMs) optimistic about the future …

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CareFirst unveils virtual-first primary care practice

The practice, which initially will only be offered to CareFirst BCBS commercial members, provides an array of services, including preventive care, insurance navigation and behavioral and mental health services. Patients will be referred to in-person care with local providers when needed.

Telehealth: Short-Term Fad or Key to Improving Access to Affordable Healthcare?

Stephanie Jamison, Director of Regulatory Affairs, Greenway Health While telehealth offerings have always held great promise, prior to 2020, their success was sometimes hindered by provider hesitation to adopt the technology, consumer reluctance to using virtual care, and a reimbursement methodology that did not value the investments required by providers or the positive impact on …

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With $100M in new funding, Tia CEO says the ‘tide has turned’ for investing in women’s health

Tia, a concierge clinic combining primary care and OBGYN services, recently raised $100 million in funding. Amid a surge of financing into women’s health startups, CEO Carolyn Witte said investors’ perspectives are changing. 

NHS Deploys TytoCare’s Telehealth Solution to 14 Trusts Across UK

What You Should Know: – TytoCare, an NYC-based all-in-one modular device and examination platform for AI-powered, on-demand, remote medical exams, today announced its expanded partnership with the NHS that will see the deployment of TytoCare’s telehealth solution across 14 organizations and 26 projects in Yorkshire and Humber, including Leeds Children’s Hospital, Sheffield Children’s, and nearly …

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Digital health approach improves neurosurgery care, says study

Deployment of digital health technologies during the pandemic improved patient satisfaction, expanded the delivery of care and augmented training of staff at a leading neurosurgery provider in the US, according to a new study. Faced with the disruption caused by the COVID-19 crisis, Cleveland Clinic centres implemented a number telehealth and audio-visual technologies to compensate …

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DotCom Therapy snags $13M to expand pediatric teletherapy services

The company, which partners with health systems and schools to provide virtual therapy services for kids, will use the Series A funds to expand. The round was led by New Capital Partners, with participation from LRVHealth and OSF Ventures.

Closing the Digital Divide in Healthcare & Equitable Telehealth Access

Dessiree Paoli, Sr. Solution Marketing Manager at Interlace Health We live in an era of rapid innovation and digital transformation in healthcare. According to Accenture’s 2021 Digital Health Tech Vision report, 93% of health executives said their organizations are prioritizing urgent innovations this year; meanwhile, 81% said the pace of innovation is picking up in …

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Preparing for a post-pandemic world

Janssen’s Mark Hicken, VP of strategy, EMEA, looks at what COVID-19 has taught us and how we can become stronger as we emerge from the pandemic. There’s plenty of talk about a post-COVID world right now, which can seem strange when so many places are still feeling the impact or remain in the grip of …

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NorthShore University Health System to test Laguna Health’s new post-discharge recovery app

The app provides users with a personalized recovery plan, education materials and virtual access to a care team that includes behavioral health specialists. The NorthShore system will conduct a clinical trial to test the app after which it will decide whether to deploy the solution across its hospitals.

4 ways to strengthen digital patient access

In November 2020, Experian Health conducted a survey to capture consumer and provider attitudes regarding patient access. At the height of the pandemic, patients welcomed telehealth services and maintained their distance from hospital waiting rooms. Providers scrambled to implement and provide digital services that would help them maintain quality care for their patients. In June …

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Sanas’ Accent-Matching Solution for BPOs Launches with $6M

What You Should Know: – Today Sanas.ai – which has been operating under stealth for a couple of years – is launching and announcing seed funding. Their AI platform for audio matches the accent of the person you’re speaking with to yours with no perceptible lag time. Top venture funds investing in the company’s $5.5 …

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Older people ‘more likely to engage with digital physiotherapy care’

Researchers in the US have found that older people are far more likely to engage with digital physiotherapy programmes digitally than those in younger age groups. Gen Xers, working-age baby boomers and retirees – collectively the over-41 age bracket – were more likely to start a musculoskeletal (MSK) programme delivered via digital channels than Gen …

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Equum Medical Raises $20M to Expand Acute Care Telehealth Solutions

What You Should Know: – Equum Medical, a New York City-based provider of acute care telehealth and teleICU solutions, today announced that it raised $20 million in growth equity from Heritage Group. – Equum Medical brings together an experienced team of clinicians with advanced, data-driven change management methodologies to provide a variety of acute care …

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Virtual Health Clinic for Women & Families Maven Reaches $1B Valuation

What You Should Know: – Maven, a New York City-based virtual health clinic for women and families announced it has raised $110M in Series D funding co-led by Dragoneer Investment Group and Lux Capital, with participation from BOND and existing investors Sequoia, Oak HC/FT, and Icon Ventures. Maven also welcomed Oprah Winfrey as an investor …

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Prisma Health Taps TytoCare to Expand its Telehealth Offerings

What You Should Know: – TytoCare has partnered with Prisma Health, the largest healthcare system in South Carolina, to expand its telehealth offerings. – The integration of TytoCare into Prisma Health’s current virtual care offering will allow the health system to diagnose and treat patients remotely with in-depth, physical examinations during video visits. Prisma Health …

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HIMSS21 Day 3 Roundup: Sharecare Acquires CareLinx, Verizon Telehealth, Samsung

Sharecare Acquires On-Demand Home Health Platform CareLinx for $65M Sharecare today announced that it has closed its acquisition of CareLinx , an on-demand home health platform of tech-enabled care providers from Europ Assistance, one of the largest global assistance companies. Under the terms of the agreement, the acquisition is valued at approximately $65M, consisting of $54.6M in …

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HIMSS Digital: Future is bright for payer-provider-pharma collaboration

The pandemic made collaboration necessary between stakeholders that otherwise tend to be at odds with each other. But as partnerships grow, providers, payers and pharma companies must ensure they are working toward a clear-cut common goal, according to panelists at HIMSS 21 Digital.

CVS Health Rolls Out Nationwide Virtual Primary Care Solution

What You Should Know: – Aetna, a CVS Health company, today announced the launch of Aetna Virtual Primary Care, which reimagines the primary care experience and makes it easier for people to get the health services they need, anytime, anywhere.  – Aetna Virtual Primary Care is powered by Teladoc Health’s longitudinal, physician-led care team model, and …

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PE Firm Aquiline Capital Partners Acquires Telemedicine Provider Avera eCare

What You Should Know: – Telemedicine services provider Avera eCare announced it has been acquired by private equity firm Aquiline Capital Partners with $6.4B in assets under management. As part of the acquisition, Aquiline will execute the carve-out of Avera eCare and rename the company Avel eCare. Closing is expected to occur in the fourth quarter of 2021. – Avel eCare’s …

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Amwell dials in deals worth $320m to buy two digital health players

US telehealth group Amwell has agreed to buy two digital health specialists – SilverCloud Health and Conversa Health – as it looks to expand its services amid a boom in virtual healthcare delivery. SilverCloud specialises in digital cognitive behavioural health programmes aimed at people with mental health issues like anxiety and depression, while Conversa offers …

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Amwell Acquires Conversa Health & SilverCloud Health – M&A

What You Should Know: – Amwell®, a telehealth leader, today announced that it has signed definitive agreements to acquire SilverCloud Health, a leading digital mental health platform, and Conversa Health, a leader in automated virtual healthcare. – By adding the technology of these two companies to its virtual care platform, Amwell is greatly enhancing the …

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Why digital doctors are crucial for the future of primary care

Our primary care system is weathering a storm on several fronts. Demand is skyrocketing, with GPs delivering millions more appointments than in previous years and workload far outstripping pre-Covid-19 levels. Dr Dan Bunstone explores how innovation can help GPs overcome the current capacity squeeze in primary care and tackle patient backlog. Despite the misconception that general …

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What insurers’ premium rate filings can tell us about predicted health utilization in 2022

An examination of health insurers’ premium rate filings for 2022 shows that most are not factoring in additional costs or savings, which indicates that they expect health utilization to reach pre-pandemic levels.

How the Pandemic Revolutionized Telehealth’s Mainstream Acceptance

Terrence D. Sims, President of Strategic Growth and Marketing, Raintree Systems Most people are surprised to learn telehealth is over a decade old because it didn’t take off until a global pandemic caused a massive paradigm shift in the minds of both consumers and medical providers.   In March, 2020 telehealth visits were up 154 percent …

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CMS proposes to cover mental health virtual visits through 2022

In the 1,747-page rule, which will be finalized later this year, CMS proposes expanding access to telehealth for behavioral healthcare, including for the first time allowing Medicare to pay for mental health virtual visits when they are provided by rural health clinics and federally qualified health centers and letting providers offer audio-only telehealth visits for …

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Why Virtual Care is Key to Health Systems Long-Term Business Strategy

Catherine Murphy, Chief Operating Officer at Zipnosis Over the past year, the shortcomings and gaps in healthcare have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The patient and provider experience (and their respective preferences) in care delivery have been no exception to the industry’s shortcomings.  Providers and patients are looking for more convenient, efficient solutions to …

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Meet Wheel: The Mysterious, White-Label Telehealth Startup Bolstering ‘Next-Gen’ Virtual Care

By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Stealthy telehealth startup Wheel just closed a $50M series B and CEO Michelle Davey is here to reveal the mystery behind the company’s very behind-the-scenes approach to selling white-label virtual care. The business model is built on a network of clinicians that Wheel has curated and credentialed specifically for virtual …

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Teladoc Health Integrates Solo platform with Microsoft Teams for Health Systems

What You Should Know: – Teladoc Health announced a collaboration with Microsoft in which Teladoc Health’s Solo platform for hospitals and health systems will be integrated into the Microsoft Teams environment to strengthen physician and patient access to best-in-class virtual healthcare. – The combination of communications and workflows in Microsoft Teams with Teladoc Health’s medical-grade whole-person virtual care delivery solutions will simplify the …

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When Virtual Goes Viral: Post-Covid Software Trends for Small Physician Practices

Stephen H. Dart, VP of Engineering at AdvancedMD After the great telehealth rush of 2020, healthcare providers who could offer HIPAA-compliant services while also being able to access their patients’ complete healthcare information remotely, came out ahead of the game. The practices that continued operating their organizations in a way that met the healthcare needs …

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Report: Telehealth use plateaus, but still 38 times higher than pre-pandemic levels

Though telehealth use has dropped since hitting its peak last April, it has stabilized at a much higher level than before the pandemic, says a new report. But not all specialties utilize telehealth equally, with uptake especially high in psychiatry and substance use disorder treatment.

Providers watch legislation that would extend telehealth treatment for substance use

Temporary policy changes during the Covid-19 pandemic let people access substance use treatment over telehealth for the first time. Now, healthcare providers and policymakers are watching legislation that would allow patients to continue to access these services virtually.

Interoperability now needs to go beyond EHRs to include the larger digital health ecosystem

The next step in the evolution of interoperability will involve examining data flows in digital healthcare, according to panelists at the American Telemedicine Association’s annual conference. This includes looking into how data sharing will support telehealth, remote patient monitoring and programs involving wearables.

Healthcare’s New “Operating System”: Amwell’s CEO Says Incumbents are Re-Thinking Telehealth

By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH “We have to look at telehealth as an operating system.” Amwell ($AMWL) President & CEO Roy Schoenberg has a way with analogies, and some of his best land in this interview as we get a highly detailed, insider’s perspective about how payers and health systems are rethinking telehealth as a …

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Post-COVID Telehealth in Europe: What Works for Primary Care? – Analysis

The European primary care telehealth market has been transformed since the outbreak of COVID-19 more than 15 months ago. But which countries have developed an ecosystem that is primed for long-term growth that will bring value and improved processes to both healthcare providers and patients? A key starting point is to define the vendors that …

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Brightline Secures $72M to Expand Pediatric Behavioral Health Solution Nationally

What You Should Know: – Brightline, a virtual pediatric behavioral health solution announces, today announced it has raised $72M in Series B funding led by GV (formerly Google Ventures), with participation from new investors Optum Ventures, 7wireVentures, and Gaingels, the leading venture investment syndicate in support of diversity and representing the LGBTQ community and allies. …

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MAP Health Management Acquires Behavioral Health Provider CARMAhealth – M&A

What You Should Know: –  MAP Health Management, LLC., a provider of virtual peer support services announced the acquisition of CARMAhealth (CARMA), a primary care and behavioral health management service organization to expand its capabilities to virtual and in-person primary medical and behavioral healthcare. – The acquisition will enable MAP to leverage its peer-led support …

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Foods, supplements, and medicine: the new frontier in chronic disease treatment

Chronic diseases are the biggest threat to our global socio-economic development. Lifestyle diseases including heart disease, neuro-degenerative disease, diabetes, and cancer collectively kill almost 50 million people per year.1 With 1 in 2 Americans diagnosed with pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes, there is no doubt that the food we eat has implications not only for …

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Israeli-founded telehealth company aims to provide antidote to unaffordability of US healthcare

A new telehealth company, called Antidote, is taking aim at rising healthcare costs in the U.S. by providing an alternative inspired by the healthcare system in Israel. For a monthly membership fee, Antidote users gain unlimited virtual visits and zero copays on most medications.

Clinical trials are undergoing a sea change thanks to telehealth, advanced data solutions

The clinical trial arena is changing rapidly, driven largely by the acceleration of telehealth usage and the potential provided by new data solutions. Panelists at MedCity INVEST Precision Medicine agreed that clinical trials will never be conducted in the same way again.

Oregon House Passes Telemedicine Reimbursement Bill to Promote Safe Access to Care

What You Should Know: Today, the Oregon House passed the HB2508A bill of legislation requiring the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to reimburse health services delivered via telemedicine if specified criteria are met including reimbursing a provider at the same rate for a health service delivered in person or through telemedicine. – The passing of HB …

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Avoiding 4 Common Pitfalls of Remote Patient Monitoring

Susan Beaton, VP of Health Plan Strategy, Wellframe COVID-19 created a colossal opportunity for health plans and providers to reimagine how they engage with patients. With patients apprehensive about going to the doctor during the pandemic, it became even more vital to keep track of their health in between visits. This is where remote patient …

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Health systems’ telehealth strategies shifting as pandemic winds down

The new normal of care delivery will almost certainly involve telehealth. But health systems’ strategy for telehealth moving forward is shifting, with some looking to redesign care delivery and others focusing on filling in gaps in patient experience.

Truepill Launches White-Labeled Virtual Pharmacy Platform

What You Should Know: – Truepill, the digital health platform powering consumer health experiences through diagnostics, telehealth and pharmacy infrastructure, today announced the launch of its Virtual Pharmacy platform. – The new white label led e-commerce pharmacy solution that enables payers, pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), health systems and other healthcare entities to reimagine a more …

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Cigna International Taps Teladoc Health to Expand Telehealth Capabilities in India

What You Should Know: – Cigna International today announced a collaboration with Teladoc Health to support populations in India during the current humanitarian crisis through telehealth solutions. – In a coordinated approach, Cigna International Markets and Teladoc Health activated local and global telehealth capabilities in less than 24 hours and brought much needed care to …

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Thirty Madison Reaches $1B Valuation with $140M Series C Funding

What You Should Know: – Thirty Madison, the premier healthcare company for people with chronic conditions, today announced a $140 million Series C round led by new investor HealthQuest Capital. Mousse Partners and Bracket Capital also participated in the funding, along with existing investors Polaris Partners, Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JJDC, Inc., Northzone, Greycroft, and others. …

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Digital health accelerator launches to plug “pharma-startup gap”

A new accelerator programme has launched with the aim of improving engagement between digital health startups and pharmaceutical companies, which sometimes can be held back by the different ways in which the two sectors operate. The PharmStars programme – set up by Naomi Fried and Laura Gunn (pictured above left to right) – claims to …

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Making Telehealth Accessible to Underserved Communities Requires a Multifaceted Approach

Over the last year, people across the U.S. have adopted telehealth in record numbers, signaling what people in the industry have long believed — virtual doctor visits and prescription delivery has the potential to truly increase access to high-quality, convenient care.  The meteoric rise of telehealth has also come with its challenges, one of the …

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Can Blockchain-Enabled Telehealth Uphold the Sovereignty of Physicians?

Pradeep Goel, CEO and Founder of Solve.Care  The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted yet again the immensely important role played by healthcare professionals across the globe, but it has also presented immeasurable challenges to physicians themselves. As frontline workers, they are placing their lives at risk day in, day out, to ensure the health of their …

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Telehealth Averted Healthcare Collapse During COVID – Will Inertia Kill Further Adoption?

Dr. Haim Amir, CEO and Founder of Essence Group Major, deep-rooted problems in the healthcare system were brought into sharp focus by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Healthcare organizations in many regions – already stretched to near-full capacity before the pandemic – have been pushed to the brink of collapse. While they scrambled to respond, they began …

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Staffing firm AMN Healthcare buys telehealth provider for $42.5M

AMN Healthcare bought Synzi, a virtual care provider, to offer customers greater staffing flexibility. The acquisition is a part of the company’s strategy to keep pace with the evolving market, where a greater emphasis is being placed on virtual care delivery and remote patient monitoring.

Where 5 CIOs see IT innovation heading as pandemic winds down  

The Covid-19 pandemic has upended the healthcare industry in a myriad of ways — including the focus of IT innovation. Healthcare CIOs are seeing IT innovation priorities shift to arenas like at-home care, data science and supply chain.

Wheel Secures $50M for White-Labeled Virtual Care Platform

Wheel is Powering the Virtual Care Industry from Wheel on Vimeo. What You Should Know: – Wheel, a Austin, TX-based virtual care company, today announced a $50M series B round led by Lightspeed Ventures with participation from existing investors CRV, Silverton Partners, Tusk Venture Partners and J.P. Morgan. The round brings its total funding to …

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A Promising New Post-COVID World of Virtual Care

Josh Weiner, CEO of SR Health at Solutionreach It’s a striking contrast to look at the world as it now in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic compared to what life was like prior to March 2020. To pre-pandemic eyes, it may even seem like an unrecognizable alien landscape with people everywhere donning facemasks, limited …

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More Than 1 in 4 Medicare Beneficiaries Had a Telehealth Visit Between the Summer and Fall of 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic kept people home last year, just over 1 in 4 Medicare beneficiaries had a telehealth visit with a doctor or other health professional between the summer and fall of 2020, a new KFF analysis finds. Once limited to beneficiaries living in rural areas, coverage of telehealth services by traditional Medicare has…More

Medicare and Telehealth: Coverage and Use During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Options for the Future

This brief provides an overview of changes in coverage of telehealth under traditional Medicare before the coronavirus pandemic, and estimates changes in use of telehealth services using survey data from the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS) during the pandemic. The analysis also discusses issues and questions related to extending telehealth coverage under traditional Medicare beyond …

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6 Ways eConsults Mitigate Impact of Second Surge of COVID-19 for Providers

Peter Anderson, MBA, AristaMD advisor The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated telehealth adoption to help keep patients out of waiting rooms and emergency departments, in hopes to reduce exposure and spread of the virus.  Even so, it should not be news to healthcare stakeholders that patients experienced delayed healthcare in 2020. An estimated 1 in 3 Americans …

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Beam Health CEO on how the startup needed to evolve beyond telehealth to deliver value

With the commoditization of telehealth, startups will need to provide value-added services to compete in the crowded market. To that end, Beam Health is focusing on solving private practice pain points in addition to providing telehealth services, including those around patient collections.

Patient Experience 2.0: A Shift in Priorities Defined by A Year of the Pandemic

Tim Dybvig, SVP of Patient Engagement at Experity The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the healthcare continuum within the past year, creating many roadblocks in the path towards high-quality care delivery. Amid these challenges, we have witnessed a significant shift in patient wants and needs, in addition to heightened demand for accessible, convenient clinical care. Notably, …

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Though training is necessary, payers see value in telehealth-first health plans

As demand for telehealth grew, payers accelerated their development of telehealth-first plans. Now that several have launched, it is clear that bringing these plans to market requires added effort on the part of payers, but they are here to stay.

Memora Health Raises $10.5M for Virtual Care Delivery Platform, Backed by Andreessen Horowitz

– Memora Health, a San Francisco, CA-based virtual care delivery platform led by 24-year-old Manav Sevak announced a $10.5M round of funding led by Andreessen Horowitz. Additional investors including AlleyCorp, Martin Ventures, Kevin Durant and Rich Kleiman’s Thirty Five Ventures, Sachin Jain, Operator Partners, Edward Elmhurst Health, B Capital, and Aaron Szekel also participated. – Manav was inspired to start the …

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Teladoc Health Launches Unified Mental Healthcare Experience

What You Should Know: –  Teladoc Health announces the launch of myStrength Complete, an integrated mental health service providing personalized, targeted care to consumers in a single, comprehensive experience. myStrength Complete’s proprietary stepped care model is designed to seamlessly combine app-based tools and coaching expertise with Teladoc’s therapists and psychiatrists to ensure that consumers get …

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Walmart to acquire telehealth firm MeMD

Walmart is to acquire telehealth provider MeMD, the companies announced as the retail giant continues with its move into digital healthcare. In statement, Walmart said it wants to use data and technology to improve engagement with healthcare services, health equity and outcomes. Over the coming months the acquisition will allow Walmart to provide access to …

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Care.coach takes aim at senior loneliness with round-the-clock virtual pets

Armed with a tablet and virtual pet companion, California-based startup care.coach is aiming to alleviate senior loneliness — an issue that has worsened amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The company, which won the health IT track of the Pitch Perfect contest at MedCity INVEST, aims to fulfill seniors’ medical and social needs through access to health …

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Vida Health Raises $110M to Expand Personalized Virtual Care Platform for Mental & Physical Health

What You Should Know:      – Vida Health, a personalized virtual care platform for physical and behavioral health, today announced it has raised $110M led by General Atlantic and global insurance giants Centene, and AXA Venture Partners. Returning investors include Ally Bridge Group, Yahoo founder Jerry Yang’s AME Cloud Ventures, Aspect Ventures, Canvas Ventures, Guidewell, NGP Capital, and Workday Ventures. – …

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Insurtech companies’ IT expertise give them competitive edge in telehealth & beyond

Insurance startups’ interest in telehealth is backed by both technical expertise and a focus on consumer experience. This will provide them a leg up not only in the competitive telehealth arena but also in consolidating other digital care services.

A digital health roadmap for pharma, medical devices and insurance tech

COVID-19 has massively accelerated the uptake of digital health technology across the whole ecosystem, with important implications for pharma, medical device and insurance tech companies. The key trends for these sectors are identified and analysed in a new white paper from Healthware Group that offers guidance on how companies can best adjust to the new …

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CHIME CEO: Digital acceleration fueling cybersecurity concerns

Healthcare is in the midst of a digital revolution, unlike anything the industry has experienced before. But, according to CHIME CEO Russell Branzell, the growing dependence on technology for patient care and remote work is raising concerns related to cyberattacks.

Amwell Integrates Biobeat’s Wearable RPM Devices with Virtual Care Platform

What You Should Know: –  Amwell, who has collaborated with Biobeat, and will integrate Biobeat’s AI-powered wearable remote patient monitoring solutions into its Converge virtual care platform. – The integration will allow clinicians using Amwell’s Converge platform to continuously monitor patient vitals and receive deterioration alerts directly to their mobile phones via Biobeat’s AI-powered, automated real-time early warning …

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Direct Pay Healthcare Marketplace Sesame Nabs $24M to Expand its Nationwide Telehealth Offerings

What You Should Know: – Sesame, a New York City-based direct-pay healthcare company, announced that it has raised an additional $24 million, bringing Sesame’s total capital raised to just under $50 million since its founding in 2019. New investments come from Giant Ventures, Industry Ventures and Coefficient Capital, along with existing investors like General Catalyst.  …

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T-Mobile, Zyter Partner to Deliver Virtual Healthcare for Underserved Communities

What You Should Know: – T-Mobile and Zyter are partnering to bring virtual healthcare solutions — including telehealth and remote patient monitoring and care team collaboration — to more healthcare organizations and their patients, providing access to virtual care for underserved communities. – Under the terms of this agreement, Zyter and T-Mobile will collaborate to …

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TytoCare Launches Telehealth Solution in Italy via Multimed Partnership

What You Should Know: – TytoCare has partnered with Multimed, a leading distribution and commercialization company providing medical devices, surgical instruments, robotics and safety devices, who will exclusively introduce TytoCare to the Italian public healthcare market. – The Italian healthcare system expressed significant demand for TytoCare’s telehealth platform as a solution to help fight the rapid outbreak …

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Teladoc Health Appoints Claus Jensen as Chief Innovation Officer

Claus Jensen, Chief Innovation Officer at Teladoc Health What You Should Know: – Teladoc Health, Inc., the global leader in whole-person virtual care, has named Claus Jensen as chief innovation officer to lead the research and development team.  – Claus brings more than 20 years of experience from leading healthcare and technology companies including Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK), Danske Bank, …

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Accolade Acquires Virtual Primary Care Platform PlushCare for $450M

What You Should Know: – Accolade, Inc. today announced an agreement to acquire PlushCare, a leading provider of virtual primary care and mental health treatment. – Under the terms of the agreement, the purchase price of up to $450 million will consist of $40 million in cash, $340 million in Accolade common stock, and up to an additional $70 …

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Telehealth Startup PursueCare Raises $11M for Virtual Medication-Assisted Program

What You Should Know: – Telehealth addiction treatment provider PursueCare announced it has raised a total of $11 million in Series A funding after an oversubscribed $7 million Series A2 capital raise. The round was led by OCA Ventures, Seyen Capital, Wasabi Investors and a syndicate of experienced healthcare investors. -Founded in 2019, PursueCare, has …

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Accolade to acquire telehealth startup PlushCare for $450M

Care navigation startup Accolade struck an agreement to buy telehealth startup PlushCare for $450 million. The goal is to support primary care physicians with information about a patient’s health and benefits, CEO Rajeev Singh said. 

Current Health Lands $43M to Support Global Expansion of Remote Care Management Platform

What You Should Know: – Today, Current Health, a Boston-based enterprise remote care management company announced that it has raised $43M in Series B financing. The Series B financing, which comes from top healthcare and pharma VCs, such as NorthPond Ventures and LRV Health, as well as a leading hospital system, OSF Innovation, will help …

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More than half of FCC telehealth awards went to equipment for providers

After the Federal Communications Commission awarded $200 million to help healthcare providers purchase telehealth equipment, more than half of the awards went to equipment for providers and staff at clinics and hospitals. Just a quarter of awards were to help patients overcome the digital divide. Now, the FCC is preparing to open applications for a …

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70% of Patients Prefer A Virtual Waiting Room, Survey Reveals

What You Should Know: – Nearly 70% of patients would prefer a “virtual waiting room” than arriving at the office in person and completing the paperwork in a waiting room, according to survey results from LifeLink Systems. – The survey, conducted by YouGov on behalf of Lifelink Systems, polled more than 2,400 U.S. adults across age, income, ethnic, and geographic groups ). Survey participants …

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How to Market Your Telehealth Services

It was stunning to witness the explosion and adoption of telehealth in the healthcare industry. Just over a year ago, before the COVID impact, the tele-techno adoption rate was zero to glacial at best. But suddenly, the healthcare industry was transformed from top to bottom. Of necessity, healthcare systems, hospitals and medical practices responded with …

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Virtual care’s popularity notwithstanding, patient preference will still drive healthcare delivery

It is clear that virtual care is here to stay, but it is not the availability of technology that will govern how care is delivered. Rather, patients’ preferences, along with their underlying social needs, will determine which care delivery strategy providers need to use to ensure optimal outcomes.

Microsoft puts AI at heart of digital health strategy with Nuance deal

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 position in digital health, and represents a hefty multiple on …

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OpenLoop Raises $3M to Expand Digital Health Marketplace for Clinicians

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 grow their team of experts. OpenLoop, a Des Moines, Iowa-based …

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What Will It Take for Hospitals to Survive the Pandemic?

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 a place to see a doctor. And it isn’t the …

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Q1 2021 Health IT/Digital Health PC/VE, M&A, IPOs/ SPACs Activity

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 course of the quarter, we observed $7 billion in private …

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TytoCare & GIVA Care Partner to Bring Telehealth to Ukraine

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 systems across the country as well as selling it directly …

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Why the Digital-First, Patient-Centered Care is Critical to Healthcare

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 help of agile, flexible technology, healthcare has empowered providers to …

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Does Telemedicine Impede or Help the Patient-Centered Medical Home?

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 path of least resistance in obtaining care, such as opting …

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How a Virtual Care Mindset Leads to Greater Patient Acceptance and Sustainable Telehealth Growth

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 patients and providers take a “let’s try it” approach—now, it’s …

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Cardinal Health and Deep Lens Collaborate for AI-based Oncology Clinical Trial Matching

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 suite of technology solutions designed to help oncologists improve outcomes, …

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Oneview Healthcare Launches Cloud-Based Virtual Care Experience Platform

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 tablets, helps engage patients, reduce non-clinical demands on care teams …

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SOC Telemed Acquires Access Physicians for $194M to Form Largest Acute Telemedicine Provider

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 almost 1,000 facilities including more than 700 hospitals in 48 …

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