Telemedicine

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 …

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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.

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 …

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We’re not out of the COVID woods yet. But what we’ve already learned is going to save millions of lives.

Covid-19 exposed serious weaknesses in the American healthcare system, and has taken an unfortunate personal and economic toll on the entire world. But in the end, I do believe that our healthcare system will emerge more accessible, affordable, and effective

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.

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 …

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Telehealth’s Limits: Battle Over State Lines and Licensing Threatens Patients’ Options

If you live in one state, does it matter that the doctor treating you online is in another? Surprisingly, the answer is yes, and the ability to conduct certain virtual appointments may be nearing an end. Televisits for medical care took off during the worst days of the pandemic, quickly becoming commonplace. Most states and …

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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 …

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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 …

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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.

New Moms Latched On to Remote Breastfeeding Help. Will Demand Wane as Pandemic Fades?

Madison Cano knew she wanted to breastfeed her son, Theo. But breastfeeding was painful for her. The skin on her breasts was chafed and blistered last July when she returned home from the hospital. And Theo sometimes screamed during feedings. Cano, 30, realized she needed help to get the short- and long-term health benefits of …

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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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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 …

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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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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.

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 …

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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.

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 …

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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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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.

Covid Was a Tipping Point for Telehealth. If Some Have Their Way, Virtual Visits Are Here to Stay.

As the covid crisis wanes and life approaches normal across the U.S., health industry leaders and many patient advocates are pushing Congress and the Biden administration to preserve the pandemic-fueled expansion of telehealth that has transformed how millions of Americans see the doctor. This story also ran on USA Today. It can be republished for …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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.

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.

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.

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 …

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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 …

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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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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.

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 …

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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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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.

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 …

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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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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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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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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, …

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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.

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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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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.

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 …

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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 …

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What providers need to know about OIG’s plans to audit telehealth services

The Office of the Inspector General will audit Medicare Part B telehealth services to detect potential vulnerabilities and ensure compliance with regulatory requirements. To prepare, providers must first take stock of their programs and conduct audits of their own, experts say.

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Strategies that will help make 2021 a banner year for life sciences industries

Covid-19 showed that pharma companies can be nimble and implement changes that prevent processes from weighing down on operations. But which of these operational and strategic changes will stand the test of time and make this year and the future bright for the industry?

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 …

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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 …

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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.

How digital health startups are staying competitive in a fast-growing arena

In an increasingly crowded landscape, digital health startups must figure out what sets them apart. Three startup leaders shared what differentiates their companies from the competition at this year’s J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference.

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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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Children’s Hospitals Are Partly to Blame as Superbugs Increasingly Attack Kids

COLUMBIA, Mo. — A memory haunts Christina Fuhrman: the image of her toddler Pearl lying pale and listless in a hospital bed, tethered to an IV to keep her hydrated as she struggled against a superbug infection. “She survived by the grace of God,” Fuhrman said of the illness that struck her oldest child in …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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How Cerner plans to bolster rural hospitals’ telehealth efforts amid the pandemic and beyond

In a wide-ranging interview with MedCity News, Cerner CommunityWorks President Mitchell Clark discussed the healthcare challenges facing rural communities amid the Covid-19 pandemic and the company’s new free offering that aims to support rural telehealth.

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 …

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Oregon Health & Science University, GE set up state’s first virtual ICU program

The academic medical center collaborated with GE Healthcare to set up the first virtual intensive care unit program in the state, which will help the organization extend its critical care expertise across rural areas and manage bed capacity amid climbing Covid-19 cases.

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 …

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Fine-tuning telehealth, addressing mental health take precedence for providers in 2021

As 2020 draws to a close, healthcare providers are strategizing for the new year and the new normal. Providers will need to retool their telehealth efforts and prepare to meet a burgeoning mental crisis, among other issues.

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 …

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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 …

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DispatchHealth Launches New Clinic Without Walls for Enhanced Virtual Visits to MultiCare Patients

What You Should Know: – DispatchHealth launches Clinic Without Walls, a new service line offering patients a telemedicine visit with in-person assistance for more complex medical visits. – The initial service line will be available in a pilot to MultiCare patients in the Tacoma and Spokane areas in an effort to its senior patients’ alternative …

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Powered by Doctor on Demand, ArcBest Rolls Out Virtual Primary Care Health Plan to its 13k Employees

What You Should Know: – Publicly traded logistics company ArcBest announced its deal with Doctor On Demand to introduce its virtual-first health plan to its 13,000 employees, who are largely “essential workers” as long-haul truckers. – Employees appreciated the convenience and safety of 24/7 virtual care – from their homes, from the road – and …

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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 …

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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 …

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CommonHealth App Connects to 230 Health Systems to Share Health Data – including COVID Test and Vaccine Status

What You Should Know: – CommonHealth has connected to 230 health systems in the United States, allowing patients to gather, manage and share their health and test data, including COVID test and vaccination status. By the end of this month, CommonHealth will connect to more than 340 health systems – CommonHealth extends the health data …

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How Jefferson Health is caring for chronic disease patients amid a pandemic

Providing care for chronic disease patients during a one-in-a-century pandemic is full of challenges, but health systems like Jefferson Health are finding ways — with help from technology — to make sure their patients are getting the care they need.

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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SPAC Mergers with 2 Telehealth Companies to Form Public Digital Health Company in $1.35B Deal

What You Should Know: – GigCapital2 Inc has agreed to merge with UpHealth Holdings Inc and Cloudbreak Health LLC to create a public digital healthcare company valued at $1.35 billion, including debt, the blankcheck acquisition company said on Monday. – The combined company will be named UpHealth, Inc. and will continue to be listed on …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Online scheduling, virtual visits emerge as key criteria for selecting providers

Healthcare consumers want the same level of ease when scheduling a health check-up as they have when booking an Uber, and younger generations of Americans are increasingly hinging their care selection preferences on facilities that offer a user-friendly digital front door, a new report shows.

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Bridging the Miles — And the Pandemic — Teledentistry Makes Some Dentists Wince

Donella Pogue has trouble finding dentists in her rural area willing to accommodate her 21-year-old son, Justin, who is 6 feet, 8 inches tall, is on the autism spectrum and has difficulty sitting still when touched. And this summer, he had a cavity and his face swelled. Pogue, of Bristol, New York, reached out to …

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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 …

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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 …

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Press Ganey Acquires Doctor.com, Acquires Majority Stake in Binary Fountain

What You Should Know: – Press Ganey advances the healthcare consumerism movement with acquisitions of Doctor.com 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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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How the value of innovation will be redefined in 2021

While payers and policymakers took a more narrow-minded perspective on innovation value in 2020, the year 2021 will bring an increased focus on a treatment’s societal value, how innovation interacts with digital technologies, and whether new innovations are able to reduce existing health outcome inequalities.

ViewPoints Article: Digital Healthcare in India – Current Trends & Future

Digital healthcare means using communications and information technologies in medicine to diagnose, predict, treat, and monitor diseases. It is also widely used for prognosis, rehabilitation, behavioral health, and public health.  Indians have witnessed a surge of smartphone and internet use since the last decade. This had led to an easier delivery of smart digital solutions. …

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Getting Beyond the Telehealth ‘Stop-Gap’ Mentality

Roland Therriault, President, InSync Healthcare Solutions Since COVID-19 emerged as a major health threat, virtual care has taken off. As many as 46% of patients reported in late April that they had used telehealth to replace a canceled healthcare visit in 2020, while 48% of physicians said they had started using telehealth to treat patients.   …

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3 Telemedicine Security and Compliance Best Practices

Gerry Miller, Founder & CEO at Cloudticity The coronavirus pandemic accelerated telemedicine exponentially as patients and doctors switched from in-person visits to remote consultations. Health providers rapidly scaled virtual offerings in March and April and traffic volumes soared to unprecedented levels, with practices “seeing 50 to 175 times the number of patients by telehealth than …

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Digital Behavioral Health: Addressing The COVID-19 Behavioral Health Crisis

Victor Siclovan, Director of Medicaid Transformation Project at AVIA Living through a pandemic is stressful and anxiety-inducing. Stay-at-home measures are compounding this stress, resulting in social isolation and unprecedented economic hardship, including mass layoffs and loss of health coverage. Fully understanding the impact of these pernicious trends on overall mental health will take time. However, …

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Humana lawsuit exposes fraud risk in high-growth telehealth market

Health insurer Humana has filed a lawsuit against telemedicine company QuivvyTech that it says resulted in fraudulent prescriptions worth millions of dollars being written for duped customers. According to the complaint, QuivvyTech hired telemarketers to cold-call Humana members, whose details were obtained using “illegal means,” and encouraged them to talk about common ailments, claiming to …

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Georgia Department of Public Health: Keeping Doctors and Patients Connected

Follow along with our new blog series #HealthcareNow and #PublicSectorNow, where we’ll addresses healthcare innovation around the world and how to maintain business continuity in today’s health climate.  Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) needed a way to continue critical healthcare services without in-person visits when the pandemic hit.  Like most healthcare organizations, they needed to pivot when stay at home …

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Google pumps $100m into Amwell as telehealth firm eyes IPO

It’s all go in the US telehealth sector, with Alphabet’s Google investing $100 million in Amwell on the same day the Boston-based firm unveiled plans for an initial public offering (IPO). Google has also agreed a partnership with Amwell that makes the telehealth company its preferred partner, while Amwell in turn has agreed to switch …

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The Coronavirus Crisis’ Silent Death Toll: Chronically Ill Patients

Dr. Kayur Patel, Chief Medical Officer of Proactive MD The impact of the coronavirus crisis is shining a bright light on many of the challenges facing the U.S. healthcare system.  So much more than a lack of primary care physicians and hospital beds, the all-hands-on-deck approach to combating the spread of COVID-19 has forced patients …

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NHS’ telemedicine ambitions approach a pivotal point

The UK government has said it is vital to adopt telemedicine across the NHS in response to COVID-19 – but is the health service ready to fully embrace this digital tech? Dom Tyer investigates. The rapid digitalisation of life during COVID-19’s acute phase has had a huge impact on healthcare delivery during the pandemic, part …

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Is Livongo-Teladoc merger a ‘leap forward’ for digital health?

When digital health giants Teladoc and Livongo announced their $18.5 billion merger, shares in both companies fell sharply as investors tried to work out the rationale for the deal. Now the dust has settled, they seem to be warming to it. The cash and stock merger pairs Teladoc’s big telehealth business with Livongo’s health monitoring …

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Backed by Johnson & Johnson, Thirty Madison Raises $47M for Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth Brands

What You Should Know: – Direct-to-consumer telehealth company Thirty Madison raises $47M in Series B round from Johnson & Johnson and Polaris Partners. – Thirty Madison’s three portfolio brands — Keeps, Cove, and Evens — enables patients to easily access specialist-level care combined with the convenience of telemedicine and treatment delivery.  Thirty Madison, a New York City-based digital health company reinventing the …

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4 Ways Businesses Will Adapt Their Healthcare Landscape

Dr. Donald Brown, CEO and founder of LifeOmic The coronavirus pandemic has affected every aspect of our lives, from how we work to how we get our health care. The crisis has put the creativity of many small businesses to the test after being forced to move operations online once social distancing became the norm. …

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Listen: Will Telemedicine Outlast the Pandemic?

Julie Rovner, KHN’s chief Washington correspondent, on Tuesday joined WDET’s “Detroit Today” host Stephen Henderson and Dr. George Kipa, the deputy chief medical officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, to talk about the future of telemedicine and whether Medicare and private insurers will continue to pay for those services. You can listen to …

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Envisioning a 5G-Powered Retail-Healthcare Hub

Mitzi Amon, Director of Healthcare Marketing at Vertiv If you’ve been to a big-brand grocery or department store recently, you probably noticed some form of healthcare outlet – or maybe you didn’t. These in-store pharmacies and clinics have become so omnipresent, right there next to the diapers, dog food, and green beans, that unless you …

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Improving the Patient Experience by Optimizing Telehealth Through COVID-19 and Beyond

Art Papier, MD, CEO and Co-Founder at VisualDx We are facing a global healthcare crisis unlike any in our recent history. Within the span of a few short weeks, we saw our lives and practices drastically change. COVID-19 has fundamentally altered how medical care is delivered today and possibly for many years to come. We …

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Improving the Patient Experience by Optimizing Telehealth Through COVID-19 and Beyond

Art Papier, MD, CEO and Co-Founder at VisualDx We are facing a global healthcare crisis unlike any in our recent history. Within the span of a few short weeks, we saw our lives and practices drastically change. COVID-19 has fundamentally altered how medical care is delivered today and possibly for many years to come. We …

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Analysis: July Health IT M&A Activity; Public Company Performance

– Healthcare Growth Partners’ (HGP) summary of Health IT/digital health mergers & acquisition (M&A) activity, and public company performance during the month of July 2020. While a pandemic ravages the country, technology valuations are soaring.  The Nasdaq hit an all-time high during the month of July, sailing through the 10,000 mark to post YTD gains …

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COVID-19 Underscores Why Certain Aspects of the American Healthcare System Should Change Forever

Irv Lichtenwald, President & CEO of Medsphere Systems Corporation In the late 1940s, the United Kingdom was busily reassembling country and what remained of the empire in the aftermath of World War II. Among many revelations, the war had convinced Britain’s leaders of the need to provide healthcare for all in the event of calamity …

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KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Still Waiting for That Trump Health Plan

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. President Donald Trump keeps promising to unveil a comprehensive plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, but it keeps not appearing. However, this week he did order an expansion of telehealth for Medicare beneficiaries and a program to help struggling rural hospitals. Meanwhile, the administration …

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