Telemedicine 2020

We are combining our Telemedicine and Virtual Care reports into Telemedicine 2020. We are seeking out the latest developments around Telemedicine. How is telemedicine used to benefit patients and care givers? What are the newest innovations in telemedicine technology? How telehealth and virtual care fit into the realm of Telemedicine.


Conversations on Health Care: ATA’s Dr. Joseph Kvedar on Pandemics and the Need for Telehealth
Recently, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter spoke with Dr. Joseph Kvedar, President-Elect of the American Telemedicine Association (@AmericanTelemed) and Sr. Advisor for Virtual Care at Partners Health Care in Boston. A pioneer in the telehealth movement, he talks about the evolving role of telehealth and remote monitoring, especially against the backdrop of the current pandemic leading to quarantines, and the growing adoption of telemedicine throughout the American health system.

COVID-19 Webinars:

Caregility (@caregility)
Innovation and Collaboration in Virtual Care: How healthcare organizations are finding creative solutions to provide remote care during this time of crisis – There’s never been a more important time for innovation and collaboration in the world of healthcare. Creative solutions are needed now more than ever—solutions that can be quickly implemented to protect the lives of patients, their communities, and the healthcare team who serve them. In this webinar, Wendy Deibert and Scott Andrus of Caregility and Jonathan Witenko of Lee Health will present examples and case studies of innovative telehealth solutions being deployed during the COVID-19 crisis.

Industry News:

Rhinogram And Nextech Announce Partnership To Enhance Patient Engagement, Remove Communication Barriers
Rhinogram, a provider of cloud-based, HIPAA-compliant, telehealth solutions, today announced an integration with Nextech Systems, a leading healthcare technology provider for specialty physician practices. Through this partnership with Rhinogram, Nextech’s network of clients will have the ability to enable a better patient experience by making remote healthcare possible through secure, text-based patient engagement while simplifying communication and minimizing office interruptions. Rhinogram enables real-time virtual encounters without patients ever having to download an app.

ChristianaCare Awarded $714,000 FCC Grant to Expand its COVID-19 Telemedicine Program
ChristianaCare (@christianacare) has received a $714,000 grant from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to support telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic. ChristianaCare is one of only 17 health care providers in the U.S. and the first health system in Delaware to date to receive a grant under the FCC’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program. The funding is part of the recently enacted CARES Act, which appropriated $200 million to the FCC to support health care providers using telehealth during this national emergency.

Twelve State Medical Societies Partner With DrFirst to Help Prevent Spread of Novel Coronavirus
State medical societies around the country are collaborating with DrFirst (@DrFirst) to make telehealth available to physician practices to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. DrFirst is a pioneer in technology, support, and services that connect people at touchpoints of patient care.

Connected Living Announces Global Partnership With Temi, a Companion Device and Telehealth Delivery Robot, in Response to COVID-19
Connected Living (@ConnectedLiving) and Temi (@robotemi) announce a global partnership in response to the COVID-19 new world, in which the most at risk population – our seniors – need enhanced ways to interact with family, community and medical professionals all from a distance. Connected Living is now the U.S. partner and distributor of Temi powered by Connected Living, an interactive robot that’s been introduced to senior living and healthcare facilities.

As Demand for Virtual Patient-Provider Connections Surges, Updox Customers Conduct More than 45,000 Telemedicine Sessions Per Day
Updox (@updox), a comprehensive Telehealth and Collaboration Platform, continues to see an unprecedented need for virtual care solutions for physicians as the novel coronavirus spreads across the U.S. Updox experienced a significant spike in demand throughout March, onboarding more than 10,000 new customer users to its HIPAA-compliant telehealth solution in just two weeks. Today, the company facilitates more than 45,000 telehealth visits per day between patients and their doctors, with that number increasing rapidly.

Sharecare Launches Free Platform to Enable Providers in U.S. with Telehealth
Sharecare (@SharecareInc), the digital health company that helps people manage all their health in one place, announced the launch of Sharecare Telehealth, a comprehensive HIPAA-compliant solution that instantly enables providers, practices and health systems of all sizes to care for their patients remotely. In an effort to help healthcare providers – such as physicians, advanced degree nurses, mental health providers and pharmacists – better support their patients’ well-being during the novel coronavirus pandemic, the digital health company also is making Sharecare Telehealth available for free through September 1, 2020, to healthcare providers in the U.S. that sign up by June 1.

Teladoc Health Reports First-Quarter 2020 Results
Teladoc Health, Inc. (@teladochealth) reported financial results for the first quarter ending March 31, 2020.

Product News:

SRI Ventures Startup Decoded Health Launches Telehealth App Powered by Explainable AI to Meet Demand Surge Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic
SRI Ventures, the corporate venture arm of SRI International (@SRI_Intl), announced the release of Decoded Health’s first telehealth app that uses explainable artificial intelligence technology to automate patient communication, and generate real-time, personalized, clinical recommendations for providers. By leveraging advanced machine learning and explainable AI, Decoded Health improves the capacity and quality of primary and urgent care. The mobile app can be used to assess any patient concern, including common illnesses such as the flu, as well as new illnesses such as the rapidly growing novel coronavirus pandemic.

SOC Telemed, Sound Physicians Launch Rapid Deployment Telemedicine for Critical Care at 7 Trinity Health Hospitals
SOC Telemed (@SOCTelemed), the leader in acute care telemedicine, announced the launch of Telemed IQ/Critical Care availability at seven Trinity Health Hospitals through its partnership with Sound Physicians. The rapid deployment program brings Sound Physicians’ critical care expertise on-demand to patients by using SOC’s Telemed IQ platform at seven Trinity Health hospitals across New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware in the face of the current COVID-19 crisis.

Reliq Health Technologies, Inc. Announces 8 New Contracts in Texas, New iUGO Care Module
Reliq Health Technologies Inc. (@ReliqHealth), a technology company focused on developing innovative mobile health (mHealth) and telemedicine solutions for Community-Based Healthcare, is pleased to announce that it has signed contracts with 8 new clients in Texas to use its proprietary iUGO Care Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM), Chronic Care Management (CCM), Principal Care Management (PCM) and Telemedicine platform.

To Read:

DrChrono (@drchrono)
Medical Practices Rise to the Challenges of COVID-19, Here’s How Patient Engagement Software is Helping – Patients have a lot of questions for their providers right now amid the confusion and angst of COVID-19. As you work diligently to educate and inform your patients of your new operations, protocols, policies, and operating hours, know that your patient engagement tools can help you do this quickly and efficiently without putting your entire staff on the phones for the day.

Forbes (@Forbes)
5 Reasons Why Telehealth Is Here To Stay (COVID-19 And Beyond) – Telehealth. It’s no longer just a nice-to-have, but instead a must-have for patients and healthcare professionals alike during these uncertain times the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about. While we all wish that it hadn’t taken a pandemic to propel telehealth forward, for better or for worse, it has. The spotlight is now on telehealth in a big way, and for good reason. Here are five reasons why I believe telehealth is here to stay.


ATA2020 Conference & Expo
June 22-26, 2020 – Virtual Event
Hashtag: #ATA2020
Register for this event.

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and restrictions for in-person events, ATA2020 is going 100% virtual. ATA2020 will come to you as a fully online event this summer. ATA believes this is the right decision for their community. Learn more about what that means to you as a participant.

ATA2020 is the world’s largest telehealth innovation and networking event. It’s where providers, technology developers, business professionals and leaders from across the healthcare sector come together to have an in-depth, thoughtful, critical discussion about the future of health.

The American Telemedicine Association Events
ATA is a non-profit association based in Washington DC with a membership network of more than 10,000 industry leaders and healthcare professionals. We are a leading telehealth association helping to transform healthcare by improving the quality, equity and affordability of healthcare throughout the world. Find their next event.

Defining the industry according to the AAFP

Telemedicine is the practice of medicine using technology to deliver care at a distance. It occurs using a telecommunications infrastructure between a patient (at an originating or spoke site) and a physician or other practitioner licensed to practice medicine (at a distant or hub site).

Virtual Care is a patient service model for healthcare providers.

Telehealth refers to a broad collection of electronic and telecommunications technologies that support health care delivery and services from distant locations. Telehealth technologies support virtual medical, health, and education services.

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