Category: Telemedicine

  • Swiftarc Ventures Launches $75M Telemedicine Venture Fund

    What You Should Know: – Swiftarc Ventures, an NYC-based early and growth-stage consumer and consumer health-focused venture capital firm announced it has launched a $75M telehealth-focused venture fund. – The telehealth fund is aimed at harnessing breakthrough innovation opportunities currently emerging from key legislative changes in healthcare delivery within the United States and globally.  Investment […]

  • Telemedicine Platform Offers Outpatient COVID-19 Treatment

    What You Should Know: – Alpha Medical, a virtual primary care group that empowers women to take control of their healthcare by offering a medical team specifically trained for a woman’s unique needs, announces it will prescribe PAXLOVID, an investigational medication used to treat mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in adults and children 12 years of age and […]

  • Building internal strength

    Creating certainty in a landscape still convulsed by the pandemic is a lofty ambition, but pharma companies can use the disruption to develop positive internal change, as well as shoring up sales. While industry has variable influence over the reshaping of contacts with clinicians who have latched onto the benefits of telemedicine and virtual meetings, […]

  • Survey: Telehealth users skew young, wealthy 

    According to Rock Health’s annual consumer adoption survey, telehealth users tend to be higher income, younger and live in urban areas. The survey also tracked people’s satisfaction with telehealth and what modalities people used most to access care. 

  • Post-Pandemic, What’s a Phone Call From Your Physician Worth?

    Maybe this has happened to you recently: Your doctor telephoned to check in with you, chatting for 11 to 20 minutes, perhaps answering a question you contacted her office with, or asking how you’re responding to a medication change. For that, your doctor got paid about $27 if you are on Medicare — maybe a […]

  • Boost for Amazon’s telehealth business, as Hilton signs up

    Amazon’s push into the provision of remote healthcare services has been rewarded with a top-tier corporate client – the Hilton hotel chain. The deal – first reported by Reuters – involves the Amazon Care platform, which includes remote, online consultations with clinicians, as well as home visits in some areas. It provides primary and preventive […]

  • KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Why Health Care Is So Expensive, Chapter $22K

    Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on Acast. You can also listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocket Casts or wherever you listen to podcasts. Congress appears to be making progress on its huge social spending bill, but even if it passes the House as planned the week of Nov. 15, it’s […]

  • As Workers Struggle With Pandemic’s Impact, Employers Expand Mental Health Benefits

    As the covid-19 pandemic burns through its second year, the path forward for American workers remains unsettled, with many continuing to work from home while policies for maintaining a safe workplace evolve. In its 2021 Employer Health Benefits Survey, released Wednesday, KFF found that many employers have ramped up mental health and other benefits to […]

  • Behind the Mask: A Country Doctor Writes

    By HANS DUVEFELT Today I saw a patient I have known for years. He suddenly pulled his mask down and said, “I’d like to know what you think I should do about this”. On his nose was an 8 mm (1/3”) brownish-red flat spot with a crack or scrape through it. “How long have you […]

  • Is Ro taking the business-to-business route next?

    By all accounts, Ro is a successful direct-to-consumer telehealth and pharmacy services startup. At the recently-concluded HLTH conference, Ro’s chief medical officer speculated on how it might enter the business-to-business healthcare world.

  • 23andMe makes $400m telehealth play, gulping down Lemonaid

    Consumer DNA testing company 23andMe has signed a deal to acquire privately-held Lemonaid Health in a $400 million deal that marks a move into the online health sector. Lemonaid operates an on-demand platform for remotely accessing medical care and pharmacy services, including online consultations and prescription medicines delivery across the US. 23andMe – which went […]

  • After Grand Rounds and Doctor on Demand merged — what’s next?

    The combined company, now called Included Health, is selling employers on its integrated virtual care and patient navigation services. Grand Rounds President Robin Glass shared more about what the company has planned next and how it’s setting itself apart from other digital health platforms.

  • Schedule Online Visits First? It’s the Next Big Thing in Health Insurance

    At the height of the covid-19 pandemic, people often relied on telemedicine for doctor visits. Now, insurers are betting that some patients liked it enough to embrace new types of health coverage that encourages video visits — or outright insists on them. Priority Health in Michigan, for example, offers coverage requiring online visits first for […]

  • Best Buy makes another bet on healthcare with Current Health acquisition

    Through a string of recent acquisitions, Best Buy has been building out its health business, with a focus on consumer technology and support for seniors. With its acquisition of Current Health, the company is making a bet that demand for remote patient monitoring will continue to increase. 

  • Virtual care is here to stay, but providers need to make the experience more seamless

    At a recent panel discussion, healthcare executives agreed that telehealth will remain an important part of care delivery post-pandemic, so now is the time for providers to figure out how best to incorporate these services alongside in-person care. Actionable data will prove to be a key resource for providers as they tweak their strategies.

  • Telehealth platform provider eVisit raises $45M

    The company, which helps health systems operate virtual care programs through its platform, will use the new funds to scale its go-to-market efforts, invest in the development of new capabilities and hire new employees.

  • Telemedicine: What Slows Down the Healthcare of the Future

    The implementation of remote healthcare — telehealth services — reformed medicine. The infamous pandemic accelerated the growth of the already substantially expanding industry. With the skyrocketing investment in virtual care, new legal regulations that expand the possibilities of remote healthcare, the telehealth industry is predicted to expand from $3 billion to $250 billion. Yet, many […]

  • 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.

  • How Healthcare Apps are Adding New Perspectives to the Healthcare Industry?

    The mobile app is one of the fine examples of communications systems. The mobile app comes in various forms and formats to meet the various needs of the user. We have moved so much over a short period that it is extremely difficult to imagine a day without using smartphones or tablet PCs and the […]

  • 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 […]

  • Telemedicine Abortions Offer Cheaper Options but May Also Undermine Critical Clinics

    Allison Hansen had just gone through a breakup with her boyfriend last year when she discovered she was pregnant. She already had an 8-year-old son and did not want another child. Hansen called the Planned Parenthood facility near her home in Savannah, Georgia, to inquire about abortion services and was told the procedure would cost […]

  • Top 12 Urologists in India

    Who is a Urologist ? The doctors who treat conditions related to the urinary tract and the male reproductive system or the genitourinary tract are known as urologists. The parts of the body which constitute the genitourinary tract are kidneys, urethra, urinary bladder, adrenal glands, male fertility, and male reproductive organs. What does a Urologist […]

  • Maven Clinic raises $110M, achieves unicorn status

    The company, which provides telemedicine and digital programs focused on maternal health, will use the funds raised to expand its services to new populations, including international patients and Medicaid members.

  • What Zoom’s settlement means for healthcare providers

    Zoom recently reached an $85 million settlement agreement for a lawsuit alleging the company shared users’ data and misrepresented encryption claims. It should be a lesson for the industry that health data cannot be used with disregard, a security expert said. 

  • US telemedicine company owner charged with $784m fraud

    A jury in the US has charged a Florida man who owns multiple telemedicine companies in connection with a massive healthcare scam that involved a massive $784 million in fraudulent claims being submitted to Medicare. Creaghan Harry (53) is accused of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud, and four counts of income […]

  • Report: Telehealth funding hits record high of $5B

    In the second quarter of 2021, the top five deals alone were worth $1.6 billion, representing 30% of the total funding raised. In addition, six telehealth companies joined the unicorn club, including LetsGetChecked and Thirty Madison.

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Research institute green-lights $254M for 28 studies 

    The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute has awarded the funds to studies that span a range of healthcare issues, including maternal care, suicide prevention and clinical effectiveness research in arenas like telemedicine and diabetes.

  • The Pandemic Made Telemedicine an Instant Hit. Patients and Providers Feel the Growing Pains.

    Crystal Joseph pays for two telemedicine video services to ensure that her small therapy practice in Silver Spring, Maryland, can always connect with its clients. She’s been burned before. During one hours-long service outage of SimplePractice in late May, PsycYourMind, which offers mental health counseling and group sessions for Black patients, lost about $600 because […]

  • 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 […]

  • Did Covid and Telemedicine Finally Make the Physical Exam Obsolete?

    By HANS DUVEFELT Left to my own devices, I would be selective about when and how much of a physical exam I do: either not at all or very detailed for just those things that can help me make the diagnosis. I have no patience for boilerplate normal exams. Any doctor who uses the term […]

  • Doctor on Call? Lawmakers Debate How Much to Pay for Phone Appointments

    It took covid-19 to give millions of Americans the option of telling their doctor about their aches and pains by phone. But now that more doctors and patients are returning to in-person appointments, policymakers across the country are divided over how much taxpayer money to keep spending on phone appointments. Although they were a lifeline […]

  • 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 […]

  • Doctors Tell How to Make the Most of Your Telehealth Visits

    When the pandemic sidelined in-office visits at his practice, Dr. Dael Waxman “wasn’t exactly thrilled with being at home.” But he quickly shifted gears to video and telephone appointments. This story also ran on U.S. News & World Report. It can be republished for free. Now, he finds, there are good reasons to keep these […]

  • Readers and Tweeters React to Racism, Inequities in Health Care

    Letters to the Editor is a periodic feature. We welcome all comments and will publish a selection. We edit for length and clarity and require full names. A Harrowing Tale of Racism I liked the article “The Making of Reluctant Activists: A Police Shooting in a Hospital Forces One Family to Rethink American Justice” (May 10). As a […]

  • No-Cancel Culture: How Telehealth Is Making It Easier to Keep That Therapy Session

    When the covid-19 pandemic forced behavioral health providers to stop seeing patients in person and instead hold therapy sessions remotely, the switch produced an unintended, positive consequence: Fewer patients skipped appointments. This story also ran on NBC News. It can be republished for free. That had long been a problem in mental health care. Some […]

  • Study finds Germany trails Spain and the US in digital health

    Germany is lagging behind other countries in the adoption of digital health, including Spain and the US, according to a new survey carried out on behalf of drugmaker Fresenius.  The three-country poll found that Spain is way out in front, with over half of people asked responding that digital is already playing a major role […]

  • 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.

  • Walmart buys telehealth provider MeMD

    Walmart is buying telehealth provider MeMD, adding virtual urgent care and therapy visits. Walmart said the deal would complement the in-person health centers it is building in some of its stores. 

  • 5 Things to Know About Health Care Changes in Montana

    HELENA, Mont. — The 2021 Montana legislative session will be remembered as one of the state’s most consequential as a Republican-led legislature and governor’s office passed new laws restricting abortions, lowering taxes and regulating marijuana. Use Our Content It can be republished for free. But the debate over those and other highly publicized issues may […]

  • Survey: 42% of Americans may not go back to in-person care this year

    Despite the ongoing Covid-19 vaccine rollout, a significant percentage of Americans say they are planning to delay care in 2021 or are unsure about in-person care, a new survey shows. Virtual visit options, insurance coverage and clear information on Covid-19 safety protocols are some of the factors that will drive provider selection this year.

  • Telemedicine Is a Tool — Not a Replacement for Your Doctor’s Touch

    Earlier in the pandemic it was vital to see doctors over platforms like Zoom or FaceTime when in-person appointments posed risks of coronavirus exposure. Insurers were forced — often for the first time — to reimburse for all sorts of virtual medical visits and generally at the same price as in-person consultations. This story also […]

  • takes aim at senior loneliness with round-the-clock virtual pets

    Armed with a tablet and virtual pet companion, California-based startup 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 […]

  • Wireless carriers wade into telehealth

    Mobile carriers like Verizon and T-Mobile are dipping their toe into telehealth through partnerships and acquisitions. Earlier this month, Verizon rolled out a telehealth platform based on video conferencing software BlueJeans

  • Virtual Care Spreads in Missouri Health System, Home to ‘Hospital Without Beds’

    When Tom Becker was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat in March 2020, the 60-year-old EMS helicopter pilot from Washington, Missouri, worried he would never fly again. This story also ran on U.S. News & World Report. It can be republished for free. But his cardiologist, Dr. Christopher Allen, had served in the Air Force and […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • AXA partners Microsoft on ‘all-in-one’ digital health platform

    European insurance giant AXA has stepped up an alliance with Microsoft to develop an international digital health platform on the back of successful pilots in Germany and Italy last year.  The aim is to develop an “all-in-one” digital platform featuring a self-assessment tool, a personalised medical concierge service for appointment booking, and teleconsultations, along with […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Bright Health acquires Zipnosis, enters telehealth market

    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.

  • Key Lessons from COVID-19 & How We Can Better Support our Healthcare Provider

    Peter Ziese PhD, MD, Business Leader, Monitoring and Analytics, Philips COVID-19 has been a novel pandemic in many ways beyond the actual virus itself – from the irreparable impacts it’s having on society, to the immense strain it’s put on the healthcare industry. A recent report stated that 93% of healthcare professionals reported experiencing stress, […]

  • SOC Telemed buys specialty telemedicine provider for $194M

    After going public through a SPAC merger last year, SOC Telemed bought acute telemedicine provider Access Physicians for $194 million. The deal is expected to bolster the company’s specialty consults and telemedicine services for hospitals. 

  • How providers are tackling a crisis within a crisis — the opioid epidemic

    As the pandemic rages on, the other major public health crisis in recent history has not ebbed. The opioid epidemic is worsening, but providers have kept their eye on the ball and are continuing their efforts to treat opioid use disorder and curb unnecessary prescriptions. Here is a snapshot of those efforts.

  • Chat-based telehealth provider CirrusMD snags $20M

    The Denver-based company provides a platform through which patients can text, send images to and have video calls with physicians. The new funds will be used to scale its operations, grow its clinical network and improve user experience.

  • Drone in your home? Telehealth makeover underway at Univ of Cincinnati

    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 or have uneven internet connectivity.

  • Health tech and digital transformation lessons from the NHS

    In the year since the UK went into its first lockdown to limit the spread of COVID-19 the country’s health service has undergone an unprecedented digital transformation.  The NHS quickly scrambled to reduce face-to-face contact between patients and healthcare professionals, and manage demand for services that would soon be overstretched by dealing with the pandemic. […]

  • How the Pandemic is Accelerating the Shift to Alternative Care Delivery Models

    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 the various industries that are experiencing significant change as a […]

  • Grand Rounds strikes merger with Doctor on Demand

    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.

  • How can telemedicine evolve in the post-Covid era

    Telemedicine will not revolutionize health care on its own, but the experience of millions of Americans during the pandemic assures us that it will become a permanent fixture of the health care ecosystem – one likely to account for a growing share of revenue in our $4 trillion health care economy.

  • The Boom in Out-of-State Telehealth Threatens In-State Providers

    HELENA, Mont. — When the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation began offering telehealth services in Montana in early February, the nation’s largest nonprofit addiction treatment provider promised quality care for far-flung residents without their even having to leave home. This story also ran on Fortune. It can be republished for free. That promise was what Montana […]

  • How the pandemic transformed primary care for seniors

    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.

  • 4 takeaways from Teladoc’s earnings

    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.

  • Cigna to purchase long-standing partner MDLive 

    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.

  • 11 Best Practices of a Successful Care Model Transformation Plan

    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 resurgence in cases has led to further decreases. The public […]

  • Eden Health raises $60M, plans to expand primary care model to more cities

    Primary care startup Eden Health, which contracts with employers and commercial real estate companies to offer a combination of virtual and in-person services, raised $60 million in funding. The company plans to use the funds to build out its platform and open brick-and-mortar clinics in new cities.

  • Kroger Health to Offer Smartphone-Enabled COVID-19 Tests Nationwide

    Kroger Health Partners with Gauss to Provide Smartphone-Enabled COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Home Tests What You Should Know: – Kroger Health, the healthcare division of The Kroger Co. announced plans to offer the first smartphone-enabled, at-home Gauss COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test Kit to patients nationwide, expanding the company’s existing portfolio of in-clinic and employer-focused COVID-19 testing […]

  • The rise of telemedicine

    We have heard much about how COVID-19 has created a paradigm shift in the use of telemedicine. A paper by Patel et al. (2021) uses claims data between January 1, 2020, to June 16, 2020 to measure this trend quantitatively. They find that in a largely commercially-insured population: In the COVID-19 period, 30.1 percent of […]

  • Covid-19: A tipping point for EHR innovation

    EHRs have caused a few problems for healthcare but they have paved a path on which we can set out on the journey of healthcare transformation.  Without the existing EHR infrastructure, we’d not only have to map out a path but lay the road while we’re on it. 

  • More states require telehealth coverage going into 2021

    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.

  • Executive Hires: Walgreens Appoints New CEO, Cityblock Health, Innovaccer, Others

    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 of the Board of WBA. Brewer, 58, will become the […]

  • Verily’s Onduo Virtual Care Solution Expands to Multi-Condition Platform

    What You Should Know: – Verily’s Onduo, known for its tech-based solution for virtual diabetes management, is launching a new multi-condition platform that matches the right care to the right consumer at the right time. The expanded virtual care platform is designed to support patients managing type 2 diabetes and hypertension, with plans for further expansion into mental […]

  • Virtual Care in the Post-COVID World: How to Prepare Your Healthcare Environment

    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. In fact, the global telehealth market is projected to reach […]

  • Treat in Place: Protecting Nursing Home Patients From Hospital Readmission

    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,” he says, and hangs up. I was struck by the […]

  • The Home health landrush: Getting ahead in a complex market

    Few people question whether care delivery will continue to migrate out of the hospital into new settings such as the home. The better question is, what services – specifically – will migrate to the home, and what innovations are necessary to support these migrations?

  • The Combination of 5G and AI Will Transform Healthcare in 2021

    Bryan Lubel, Executive Vice President, Connected Health of KORE Not many will disagree that the global pandemic has accelerated the use of technology in healthcare. With a healthcare system stressed to a breaking point, medical professionals have had to prioritize critical cases and increasingly turn to technology tools such as telemedicine and remote patient monitoring […]

  • A New System to Fit A New Economy: How Healthcare Can Recover From COVID-19

    Paula Muto, MD, FACSFounder and CEO, UBERDOC, Inc. We are at a watershed moment. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to reevaluate our priorities both economically and with regard to public health. Living with a healthcare system that was created in response to an emergency measure during World War II, US consumers have struggled for […]

  • Concentra Transitions Telemed Offering from Amwell to eVisit Virtual Care Platform

    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 more than 8,000 virtual visits a month. – eVisit was […]

  • IoMT Is Improving Patient Access: We Must Avoid Creating New Barriers

    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 on by the Covid-19 pandemic, has spread rapidly.  Forrester revised […]

  • FCC Unveils 14 Initial Projects Selected for $100M Connected Care Pilot Program

    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 14 pilot projects with over 150 treatment sites in 11 […]

  • Patients report unmet care needs despite rising telehealth use

    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 care needs.

  • Nuance Launches AI-Powered Patient Engagement Virtual Assistant Platform

    What You Should Know: – Nuance Communications, Inc. launched an AI-powered patient engagement virtual assistant platform to transform omnichannel digital experiences for patients. – Healthcare provider organizations can now deploy a single, common cloud-based platform to support their entire patient journey across engagement channels using Nuance’s market-leading Intelligent Engagement AI technology – The launch comes […]

  • Behavioral Health Services Fueled Telehealth Adoption During Pandemic, Study Finds

    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 than for medical care, according to a new RAND Corporation study. […]

  • How UCLA Health incorporated telehealth into its triage protocol

    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 it.

  • M&A: TigerConnect Acquires Hospital Middleware Solution Critical Alert

    What You Should Know: – TigerConnect has announced an expansion in their suite through the acquisition of Critical Alert, a leading provider of enterprise-grade middleware for hospitals and health systems. – For the hundreds of thousands of nurses that currently use TigerConnect, these new capabilities will deliver real-time, contextual information to their mobile device or […]

  • 12 Telehealth & Virtual Care Predictions and Trends for 2021 Roundup

    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 governmental regulations, telehealth utilization has significantly increased from thousands of […]

  • 2020’s Top 20 Digital Health M&A Deals Totaled $50B

    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 close, reaching $500 million on a run-rate basis by 2025. […]

  • CIO: 3 Rules for Meeting ONC/CMS Interoperability, While Improving Cybersecurity

    Scott Galbari, CTO, Lyniate Drew Ivan, Chief Product and Strategy Officer, Lyniate Healthcare data security has been a growing concern for CIOs for the last year or so, as hackers are increasingly targeting health information. Now, with a global pandemic forcing a shift to telemedicine and remote work, and new rules from the ONC and […]

  • 30 Executives Share Top Healthcare Predictions & Trends to Watch in 2021

    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 institutions, geographies, patient demographics, and medical scanners. The sensitivity and […]

  • 5 ways digital health, and digital pharma, changed in 2020

    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 be forever associated with COVID-19 and the global devastation and […]

  • Looking at Emerging Trends in Telemedicine

    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 an option for providing healthcare to others at a safe […]

  • Gleaning Insights for COVID-19: Why Claims and Clinical Data Matter

    Emad Rizk, M.D., President, CEO & Chairman of the Board, Cotiviti As 170 research teams race to develop a vaccine for COVID-19, some that are in late-stage approvals have seen recent progress, but it is still not yet clear when a vaccine will become widely available. Until then, healthcare organizations continue to rely heavily on […]

  • As Telehealth Surges, Are Seniors Being Left Behind?

    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, allowing vulnerable individuals to access their physician from home, and […]

  • Ensuring Telehealth Providers’ Virtual Care Dollars Make Sense

    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 is. Indeed, virtual visits to care providers and remote patient […]

  • Pear Therapeutics Raises $80M to Advance Prescription Digital Therapeutics

    What You Should Know: – Pear Therapeutics today announced that it has successfully closed an $80 million Series D financing led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2. –  Pear is the leader in prescription digital therapeutics and the first company to receive FDA authorization for a prescription digital therapeutic (PDT) to treat disease. – Pear currently […]

  • Verily co-founder launches virtual specialty care startup

    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.

  • Virtual Engagement During COVID Pushes Paradigm Shift for Physician Training and Patient Care

    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 need attention and care. Physicians have continued treatment for all […]

  • Healthcare M&A: DAS Health Acquires Randall Technology Services

    What You Should Know: – DAS Health Ventures acquires healthcare and managed IT company Randall Technology Services (RandallTech). – This acquisition adds Allscripts® PM and EHR solutions to the DAS portfolio of supported products, and DAS Health has now added additional staff in Texas that will create opportunities for greater regional support of its entire […]

  • As COVID-19 cases swell, US extends telehealth to acute 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 around 180,000 a day, with deaths since the start of […]

  • COVID-19: How Can Payers Prepare for Mandates and Support Pandemic Relief Efforts

    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 costs. Cost-sharing and insurance premiums are rising consistently since the […]

  • Digital health player UpHealth swells with three-way merger

    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 gives its name to the new group – with CloudBreak, […]

  • How Webex Uses Patient and Provider Insight to Improve Virtual Care Delivery

    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, where care delivery continues to be a priority, even amidst […]

  • Amwell Launches New Offerings to Increase Doctor-to-Patient Virtual Connectivity

    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 tablet software, and a telemedicine cart) are designed to be […]

  • Connected stethoscope-maker Eko raises $65M

    The company, which makes a digital stethoscope and electrocardiogram, raised $65 million in series C funding. It plans to use the funds to build out a telehealth platform and at-home monitoring program for cardiopulmonary patients.

  • KLAS Spotlight on Zoom for Healthcare Examines Early Outcomes

    Source: Zoom KLAS recently issued a Spotlight on Zoom for healthcare. KLAS Spotlights are first looks at new and emerging technology. Everyone knows Zoom, but how well does the solution perform for healthcare organizations looking to handle the immediate demands created by COVID-19 as well as develop long-term strategic initiatives? In this Spotlight, KLAS examines […]

  • How Data-Driven Technology Holds The Promise of Better Outcomes for Vascular Patients

    Abbott recently released global research on vascular patient care, designed to shine a light on the vascular patient journey. The report called “Beyond Intervention” uncovers the universal challenges faced by physicians who deliver vascular care, their patients, and the hospital administrators who support them. It also explores how the right use of technology and data […]

  • Lark Health raises $70M

    Lark Health, which offers AI-powered digital care platforms for chronic diseases, has raised $70 million in new funds, which it plans to use to expand its relationship with Anthem and eventually deepen partnerships with other payers and telehealth providers.

  • Achieve Business and Clinical Resiliency in Times of Change

    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.  Change. It’s constantly redefining the healthcare landscape, whether triggered by technology innovations, cultural shifts, or world events.    Healthcare organizations understand this and plan for it, putting continuity and recovery plans in place to help them maintain normal operations as much as possible in times […]

  • Deep Dive: Digital Health Innovation 2020

    Most of the digital health experts we spoke to for this issue of Deep Dive made one thing clear – no one can really say what the future holds for digital tech in the pharma and healthcare industries. But this isn’t necessarily a bad thing – our interviewees also stressed that if companies can remain […]

  • Mayo Clinic Launches Vocal Biomarker Study for Pulmonary Hypertension Detection

    What You Should Know: – Mayo Clinic announced a collaboration with Vocalis Health to to research and develop new voice-based tools for screening, detecting and monitoring patient health, beginning with a study to identify vocal biomarkers to detect pulmonary hypertension (PH). – The clinical validation study will utilize Vocalis Health’s proprietary software, which can operate […]

  • Fern Health Taps 10M Mass General De-Identified Patient Records for Pain Management

    What You Should Know: – Fern Health will reveal a first-of-its-kind collaboration with Mass General Hospital where it will inform existing and future digitally-delivered pain management programs through the marriage of AI + predictive analytics with 10 million de-identified Mass General patient records. – MGH will validate emerging Fern Health products and pilot new products […]

  • Teladoc v. AmWell: 5 things to know

    Teladoc Health has sued competitor American Well for patent infringement. The company is seeking unspecified damages and a ruling that would prevent AmWell from using the telemedicine cart technology that Teladoc claims to hold the patents for.

  • Telemedicine or In-Person Visit? Pros and Cons

    As COVID-19 took hold in March, U.S. doctors limited in-person appointments — and many patients avoided them — for fear of infection. The result was a huge increase in the volume of remote medical and behavioral health visits. Doctors, hospitals and mental health providers across the country reported a 50- to 175-fold rise in the […]

  • Holy Name, Sheba Medical Center Partner to Develop Digital Health Solutions

    Sheba ARC Innovation Center What You Should Know: – Holy Name Medical Center based in New Jersey and Israel’s Sheba Medical Center, the largest medical center in the Middle East announced a strategic partnership to develop digital health and telehealth solutions, The Times of Israel reports. – As part of the partnership, Holy Name’s team […]

  • CareLinx, Doctor on Demand Partner to Bring In-Home Virtual Care to Seniors

    What You Should Know:  – Doctor On Demand and CareLinx, one of the largest professional networks for in-home care, have announced a collaboration to bring in-home virtual care services to CareLinx clients.  – At a time when seniors have been encouraged to stay home to avoid exposure to COVID, Doctor On Demand’s partnership with CareLinx […]

  • Remote Patient Monitoring Sets Up Big Tech to Revolutionize Telemedicine and Healthcare

    By JAMES MOELLER Remote patient monitoring has emerged as the next significant challenge for virtual healthcare and that challenge is creating significant opportunities for many companies largely outside of the traditional healthcare technology marketplace. In particular, it is potentially setting up an opportunity for Big Tech companies like Apple, Google, and Amazon, to revolutionize telemedicine […]

  • 98point6 Lands $118M to Expand Text-Based Primary Care Platform

    98point6 App What You Should Know: – On-demand text-based primary care platform 98point6 raises $118M in Series E funding to further invest in research and development and expand its robust medical practice. – 98point6 offers patients easy access to primary care in the same way they’ve grown accustomed to receiving the majority of services today—on […]

  • Were We Mentally Ready for COVID-19? Why It’s Time to Take Behavioral Health Seriously

    Dr. Jacob Lazarovic M.D., IMCS Group As you read this, over 200,000 American deaths have been attributed to the virus. The influx of cases continues, while state and local economies are experiencing hardship, children are shuttered in their homes learning remotely, grown children are moving back home and the “new normal” disrupts nearly all of […]

  • Press Ganey Acquires, Acquires Majority Stake in Binary Fountain

    What You Should Know: – Press Ganey advances the healthcare consumerism movement with acquisitions of and a majority stake in Binary Fountain. – Expanded technology platform enables industry-leading management of providers’ online brand and seamless Web-wide patient acquisition and loyalty strategies. Press Ganey today announced the expansion of its market-leading health care consumerism platform […]

  • UAB Medicine, Advanced ICU Care to Develop Tele-ICU Care Operations Center

    What You Should Know: – UAB Medicine has announced a large-scale, strategic telemedicine partnership with Advanced ICU Care that will encompass the entire health system, one of the top three largest public hospital facilities in the U.S. – The relationship initiates the development of a new tele-ICU care operations center and envisions serving up to […]

  • Teladoc, Livongo land first joint contract

    The companies made their first cross-sale to Guidewell Health, the parent company of Florida Blue. Livongo’s diabetes platform will become available to 50,000 of the insurer’s members.

  • Cleveland Clinic Names Top 10 Medical Innovations For 2021

    Cleveland Clinic’s top clinicians and researchers present the top 10 medical innovations transforming medical advancements and new awards to recognize healthcare innovation. The list of breakthrough technologies was selected by a committee of Cleveland Clinic subject matter experts, led by Will Morris, M.D., executive medical director for Cleveland Clinic Innovations, and Akhil Saklecha, M.D., managing […]

  • Butterfly Network Launches Mobile, Whole-Body Ultrasound with Integrated Telehealth Platform

    What You Should Know: –  Butterfly Network launched its next-gen ultrasound product, the new Butterfly iQ+ featuring the world’s only Ultrasound-on Chip™ technology and announced a landmark collaboration with the American College of Cardiology (ACC). Butterfly Network, Inc., today announced the launch of its next-gen ultrasound product, the new Butterfly iQ+, the world’s only single-probe, whole-body ultrasound system […]

  • Remote Medical Documentation Startup Augmedix Closes $25M, Reverse Merger with Malo Holding

    What You Should Know: – Augmedix closes $25 million in private placement funding and completion of a reverse merger transaction with Malo Holdings Corp. – Following the transaction, the merged entity will be named “Augmedix, Inc.”, and will continue the historic and innovative business of Augmedix.  Augmedix, a company specializing in providing remote medical documentation […]

  • Intermountain to Deploy AI-Powered Digital Assistants Across Clinically Integrated Network

    What You Should Know: – Intermountain Healthcare announced it will scale Notable’s AI-driven platform across the health system’s clinically integrated network to support thousands of providers, automate administrative workflows, streamline the check-in experience for patients, and simplify provider follow-up. – The Notable Platform uses intelligent automation to identify and engage more patients in need of […]