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.

Industry News:

OnCall Health Raises $6M Series A to Enable Virtual Care Programs for Healthcare Brands
OnCall Health (@oncallhealthca), a company that provides virtual care software to healthcare providers, announced it has raised US$6M in Series A funding, bringing the company’s total funding to date to over US$8M. Base10 Partners led the round with participation from OnCall Health’s existing investors, including Ripple Ventures, Panache Ventures, and Stout Street Capital. OnCall Health plans to use the funding to support its continued expansion with new and existing customers across North America, to build out its available integrations and developer tools, and to grow its partnerships with payers and complimentary software vendors.

VA expands Veteran access to telehealth with iPad services
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a new collaboration with Apple to increase Veterans’ access to virtual care benefits.

Greenfield Groves Inc. a Benefit Corporation Agrees to Acquire Telehealth Software Platform
Greenfield Groves Inc., a telehealth and wellness company focused on connecting consumers with practitioners to prescribe daily regimens, announced its agreement to acquire a proprietary telehealth software platform from Healthcare Technologies LLC, founded by Dr. Tony Ganem, an integrative medicine and technology application expert. Launches Online Telemedicine Website in California launched an online portal for patients in California to see a doctor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from the comfort of their home. Patients don’t have to drive in traffic, park or wait in a waiting room with other sick patients to see a doctor. This is especially true given the current COVID-19 pandemic. The doctor visit can be by phone, on a computer, or a mobile device simply by visiting their website or mobile app. The online visits cost less than insurance co-pays or doctor office visits.

Centene and Samsung Team up to Enable Virtual Care Options for Underserved Communities
Centene Corporation (@Centene) announced it is working with Samsung Electronics America to expand access to telehealth for individuals living in rural and underserved communities. The initiative will supply providers with Samsung Galaxy A10e smartphones to disseminate to patients who would not otherwise have the ability to receive their healthcare virtually. Additionally, some providers will receive Samsung Galaxy tablets to use to conduct telehealth visits.

American Board of Telehealth Launches CORE Concepts Course
The American Board of Telehealth (ABT) has launched the CORE Concepts in Telehealth Certificate Program. This is the first certificate made available by the newly formed ABT. The CORE – Clinical, Operational, Regulatory and Ethics – curriculum includes seven online modules, taking the learner through interactive, engaging content and case scenarios.

Amwell Announces Closing of Upsized Initial Public Offering and Full Exercise of the Underwriters’ Option to Purchase Additional Shares
Amwell (@amwell) a national telehealth company, announced the closing of its upsized initial public offering of 47,405,555 shares of its Class A common stock at an initial offering price of $18.00 per share, which includes the full exercise of the underwriters’ option to purchase 6,183,333 additional shares of Class A common stock from Amwell and certain stockholders of Amwell (the “Selling Stockholders”).

MDLIVE Announces $50 Million Crossover Equity Investment from Sixth Street Growth
MDLIVE Inc. (@MDLIVEInc), a telehealth company in the U.S. offering virtual healthcare services in all 50 states, announced the closing of a $50 million crossover equity investment from Sixth Street Growth, the growth investing arm of Sixth Street, a global investment firm. The $50 million funding will be used primarily for the ongoing strategic expansion of MDLIVE’s comprehensive, technology-enabled, and disruptive Virtual Primary Care digital health platform.

Product News:

MeMD Launches Virtual Primary Care Solution for Businesses
COVID-19 has transformed the way people access health care, thrusting telehealth into the spotlight and accelerating its widespread adoption. To address skyrocketing demand and fill a large gap in the healthcare continuum, national telehealth provider MeMD (@MeMDme) has launched Virtual Primary Care for employer groups nationwide.

Futuro Health to Launch Advanced Telehealth Coordinator Program to Meet Growing Demand for Virtual Care
The expanded use of telehealth to provide patient care, brought on by the global pandemic, is expected to continue well past COVID-19. To help meet the continued demand for virtual care, Futuro Health (@Futuro_Health) has teamed up with California Primary Care Association (CPCA) and the University of Delaware to launch the Advanced Telehealth Coordinator Certificate pilot program this month.

Concierge COVID-19 At-Home Testing and Telemedicine Platform StreamMD Launches To Help Businesses Reopen Safely
Helping America get back to work and in the office safely, StreamMD, a concierge COVID-19 at-home testing and telemedicine platform launches to help businesses make sure their employees can safely return to the workplace and engage in customer interaction.

Accumen Launches MyBloodHealth®, a Virtual Anemia Management Software Solution for the Perioperative Patient
Accumen Inc. (@accumeninc) launched its first software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution, MyBloodHealth®, a hospital-based telehealth anemia management program with both perioperative and comprehensive blood management options. The product connects all providers involved in a patient’s care directly through the health system’s electronic health record system, making it an easy-to-use resource in the care continuum.

Guthrie Enhances Stroke Care Delivery Through Telemedicine
SOC Telemed (@SOCTelemed) recognizes Guthrie, a not-for-profit health system serving southern New York and north-central Pennsylvania, for outstanding results in its teleStroke program. Guthrie improved its critical measures endorsed by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, which are the percentages of eligible patients receiving thrombolytics and those receiving it within 60 minutes of arrival to the emergency room.

Eagle Launches New Neonatology and Pediatric Telemedicine Programs
Eagle Telemedicine (@EagleTelemed) is now offering Neonatal ICU (NICU) and Pediatric Telemedicine programs ― the newest additions to its extensive list of multi-specialty solutions.

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TeleHealth Services Helps Yale New Haven Health System Connect Community to Share Support for Isolated Patients
Hospitals across the nation have limited visitation policies with patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to these restrictions, the Yale New Haven Health System (YNHHS) developed a program with TeleHealth Services (@TeleHealth_Svcs) using cards of support and compassion from the local community presented on patient televisions and other public digital displays throughout the system’s hospitals.


HealthcareNOW Radio Telehealth Playlist
The Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defines telehealth as “the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support and promote long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration.” To learn more and find out about the latest in telehealth tune in to the episodes on this playlist. Additionally, be sure to read HCNR’s Friday Five which recaps the site’s month long concentration on telehealth.


Current and Future State of Telehealth – a Virtual Panel Discussion with Industry Leaders

In this Virtual Panel Discussion, Moderator and Healthcare attorney, Matt R. Fisher (@Matt_R_Fisher) is joined by panelists: Robert M. Tennant, MA, Director, Health Information Technology Policy for MGMA (@MGMA😉 Alison Armstrong, MA, Health Policy Director at Anthem and co-chair of the WEDI Telehealth Workgroup (@WEDIonline) and Jim Tate (@jimtate,) Chief Product Officer of MediVisum and host of The Tate Chronicles to discuss the current and future state of telehealth. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought industry-wide attention and sweeping legislative initiatives to telehealth as a means for care delivery in a safe, secure and socially-distant environment.

Check out this 75-minute panel discussion on our YouTube Channel.


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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.

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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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