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:

Teladoc Health Completes Merger with Livongo
Teladoc Health (@teladochealth) announced that it has completed its merger with Livongo. The milestone marks completion of the most significant blending of capabilities and talent in
the history of digital health. By joining the market leaders in virtual care and applied health signals, the combined company becomes the only consumer and healthcare provider partner to span a person’s entire health journey.

Amwell to Report Third Quarter 2020 Operating Results and Host Conference Call on Thursday, November 12, 2020
Amwell®, (@amwell) announced that it will report third quarter ended September 30, 2020 operating results on Thursday, November 12, 2020. Following distribution of the earnings release via wire services, the Amwell management team will host a live conference call and webcast at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time to review the Company’s operating results and provide a general business update.

SOC Telemed Closes Business Combination and Will Begin Trading on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange
SOC Telemed, Inc. (@SOCTelemed), a national provider of acute care telemedicine, announced that it has completed its previously announced business combination with Healthcare Merger Corp. (“HCMC”) (NASDAQ: HCCO), a special purpose acquisition company. The business combination was approved at a special meeting of HCMC’s stockholders on October 30, 2020 and closed on October 30, 2020. The shares of Class A common stock and warrants to purchase shares of Class A common stock of SOC Telemed are expected to begin trading on the Nasdaq on November 2, 2020, under the symbol “TLMD” and “TLMDW,” respectively.

Reliq Health Technologies, Inc. Announces Strategic Alliance with iDocsWeb to Offer its iUGO Care platform to iDocsWeb’s 200 Skilled Nursing Facility Clients across the United States
Reliq Health Technologies Inc. (@ReliqHealth), a technology company focused on developing innovative mobile health (mHealth) and telemedicine solutions for Community-Based Healthcare, announced that it has signed an agreement with iDocsWeb who will offer Reliq’s iUGO Care platform to over 200 Skilled Nursing Facilities across the United States.

Product News:

Every TV or Monitor Can Be a Telehealth Station on a Big Screen
As telehealth becomes part of the new normal, Nautilus Medical Technologies (@nautilusmedical) has just announced the first all-in-one set top telehealth system to work with any existing TV or monitor. Whether at home, hospital, or office, an existing television or monitor can become a telehealth station with Nautilus Medical’s TeleRay Peak or Summit models. Telehealth is quickly becoming the standard of care in the US as clinical telehealth visits skyrocket over 400% in 2020 alone. The fastest growth is among the age group 50-80, moving from 4% to over 30% of consultations during COVID.

To Read:

DrFirst Survey: 44% of Americans Have Used Telehealth Services During Coronavirus Pandemic but Some Admit Not Paying Attention by DrFirst (@DrFirst) – Nearly half of Americans (44%) have used telehealth services during the novel coronavirus pandemic, but not all of them are paying full attention, according to a recent survey announced today by healthcare pioneer DrFirst.

Health Insurers Are Starting To Roll Back Coverage for Telehealth, Even Though Demand Is Way Up from EcoWatch (@EcoWatch) – Due to the financial strain on health care systems and insurers, the increase in telehealth use may be forced to shrink even though the public health crisis remains.

Making the Cut:

TytoCare Commended by Frost & Sullivan for Its Highly Accessible and Complete Remote Medical Examination Platform
Based on its recent analysis of the North American remote medical examination platform market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes TytoCare Ltd. with the 2020 North America Company of the Year Award. TytoCare’s innovative medical assessment solutions are changing the telehealth playing field – especially during the current pandemic – by making the remote medical examination experience more comfortable and accessible for patients. The company’s hand-held exam kit and application connect patients with doctors, enabling on-demand medical exams, diagnoses, and prescription issuing, anytime, anywhere.


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.

Events and Resources:
During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, we don’t have to choose between medical care and social distancing. When patients can get health care through telehealth — and doctors can provide it — we protect ourselves and our communities. The website provides information about the latest federal efforts to support and promote telehealth services.

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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