Telemedicine 2021

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:

Inside Amazon’s efforts to build a national telehealth business geared toward big employers
Business Insider reports that Amazon is building a telehealth business and pitching the service to major employers including Zillow, five people familiar with the matter, who were not authorized to talk to the press.

Mozzaz Offers Free Digital Solution for COVID-19 Patient Management and Vaccine Scheduling to Healthcare Organizations across the US and Canada
Mozzaz (@mozzaz), a virtual care technology organization, announced a free digital solution for COVID-19 patient management and vaccine scheduling. As cases surge and vaccines become available, this free application will help organizations track patient symptoms and vital signs remotely, schedule vaccines, provide educational content, and more. The digital solution is now available for any interested organization.

American Telemedicine Association Applauds Massachusetts For Its Leadership In Making Telehealth A Permanent Option For Its Residents
The American Telemedicine Association (@AmericanTelemed) commends Massachusetts for its leadership and prudent actions to make telehealth available to its residents. On New Year’s Day, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law a healthcare bill that requires insurance companies to cover behavioral telehealth visits the same way they cover in-person care, mandates rate parity for two years for primary and chronic disease care and provides a short-term model for how those services will be paid. Importantly, this new law allows to providers to use all available and appropriate telehealth technologies to deliver care and communicate with both new and existing patients.

ATA Applauds Governor Cuomo’s Efforts to Expand Access to Telehealth
The American Telemedicine Association commends New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo for his leadership in seeking to expand telehealth access to New York residents. Earlier today, in his 2021 State of the State address, Governor Cuomo announced legislation to expand and improve access to telehealth.

Noteworth Partners with Esse Health to Integrate Virtual Care Delivery Solutions
Noteworth (@noteworth_), a first-of-its-kind virtual care delivery platform, announced its partnership with Esse Health — a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) — to help the independent physician group deliver virtual care technologies to meet new patient expectations.

Hippo Technologies, Inc. Teams with EVERFI to Bring Comprehensive Wellness Program to Hippo HIVE™ Members
Hippo Technologies, Inc. (@myhippolife), a virtual care company delivering solutions for healthcare and medical education, announced that it has teamed up with EVERFI Inc., the leading social impact education innovator, to enable Wellness and Mental Health Programs for the members of Hippo’s Healthcare Institute for Virtual Education (HIVE).

Amwell Announces Launch of Proposed Public Offering
Amwell® (@amwell) announced that it has commenced the roadshow for a proposed public offering. Amwell has filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) for certain selling stockholders (the “Selling Stockholders”) to offer 11,280,647 shares of Amwell’s Class A common stock to the public.

Reliq Health Technologies, Inc. Engages Lytham Partners to Lead U.S. Investor Relations Outreach Program
Reliq Health Technologies Inc. (@ReliqHealth), a rapidly growing digital health company that develops innovative Virtual Care software as a service (SaaS) solutions for the Community Healthcare market has retained Lytham Partners, LLC (“Lytham Partners”) to lead a U.S. investor relations program.

Product News:

Greenway Health rolls out three innovative solutions, hires new industry executives in 2020 to meet evolving client needs as a result of COVID-19
As a result of COVID-19, Greenway Health (@greenway), a health information technology services provider, significantly adapted its approach to meet client needs in the new healthcare environment, including new collaborations, the launch of new solutions and the appointment of new C-level executives to its leadership team.

Healthwise Releases Innovative Virtual Health Programs
Healthwise (@Healthwise), an evidence-based health education, technology, and services company, announced the launch of Healthwise® Digital Health Programs to help improve patient satisfaction, clinician efficiency, and health outcomes. Patients who want to better manage their health from home, and health systems actively seeking new ways to reach patients, can now use a new generation of virtual health programs to help them succeed. These virtual programs are now available to all health systems.

Amwell Psychiatric Care (APC) Launches to Support Hospitals and Health Systems Address the Behavioral Health Gap
Amwell® announced the launch of Amwell Psychiatric Care, a solution that provides hospitals and health systems with on-demand and scheduled telepsychiatry services. The solution addresses the growing need for behavioral healthcare across the U.S. APC offers behavioral health support and clinical expertise from Asana Integrated Medical Group, which became part of Amwell in 2019 as part of its acquisition of Aligned Telehealth.

Teladoc Health and Dexcom Bring CGM Technology and Personalized Insights to People with Type 2 Diabetes at No Cost
Teladoc Health, Inc. (@teladochealth), a comprehensive virtual care system, and DexCom, Inc., a real-time continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) company, announced that joint Livongo for Diabetes and Dexcom members will now receive CGM-powered insights, a new set of features and reports that help members more easily visualize their health information and understand how lifestyle decisions affect their blood glucose levels.

Reliq Health Technologies, Inc. Launches New Annual Wellness Visit Product and Announces New US Contract
Reliq Health Technologies Inc., a technology company focused on developing innovative mobile health (mHealth) and telemedicine solutions for Community-Based Healthcare, announced that has launched a new Annual Wellness Visit Support service and signed a contract with its first client to subscribe to this service.

To Read:

Recovering from COVID-19 at home using virtual technology By Dana Sparks, Mayo Clinic News (@MayoClinic) – It’s not every day that a virtual hospital moves into a family home. But that’s what happened after John Rohrscheib contracted COVID-19.

Health Care After COVID: The Rise of Telemedicine from U.S. News and World Report – Telemedicine isn’t new, but the COVID-19 pandemic has really put the technology front and center, with clinics closing for certain services after state and local governments issued stay-at-home orders to help prevent the spread of the virus.

COVID Forced Psychiatric Care Online, and Many Patients Want It to Stay There, Study Finds by Michigan Medicine (@umichmedicine) – According to the new findings published in JMIR Formative Research, the convenience of seeing a provider without leaving home, and avoiding potential exposure to the coronavirus especially for those with other underlying health concerns, factor heavily into this preference. So does a patient’s initial experience with seeing a provider virtually.

‘Sleeping giant’ of telehealth awoke in 2020, and here’s who rose to the challenge from Zipnosis Team (@zipnosis) – It’s no secret, at this point, that telehealth rates exploded in response to the COVID-19 crisis. But a KLAS report published this week found that, while some telehealth technology vendors rose to the occasion, others have struggled to deliver.

State News:

Governor Cuomo Announces Proposal to Expand Access to Telehealth for All as Part of 2021 State of the State
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced legislation to expand and improve access to telehealth for all as part of the 2021 State of the State. In partnership with the Reimagine New York Commission, the Governor will enact comprehensive telehealth reform to help New Yorkers take advantage of telehealth tools and address existing roadblocks.

Making the Cut:

Eagle Telemedicine Announces New Two Appointments to Address Increased Demand for Inpatient Care and Telemedicine Doctors
Eagle Telemedicine (@EagleTelemed) announced that Steve Johnson has joined the company as Regional Director of Business Development for the Great Plains Region and welcomes Scott Haynes as Program Manager to support nationwide telemedicine expansion and the greater need for telemedicine doctors.

SOC Telemed Hires Top Executive Roles from Global Leaders in Healthcare and Tech
SOC Telemed, Inc. (@SOCTelemed), a national provider of acute care telemedicine, announced two key additions to its leadership team with the addition of Stephanie Harris as Chief Human Resources Officer and Ron Egan as Chief Customer Officer.


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:


Telehealth Unlocked Interactive Symposium (@telehealthunloc)
What: Telehealth Unlocked Interactive Symposium
When: February 4 – 25, 2021
Where: Interactive Symposium
Register for this event. Save $200 with Early Bird Rates Before 12/31/20.

The healthcare industry’s embrace of telehealth in response to COVID-19 offers an opportunity to reshape care delivery. Telehealth Unlocked will help healthcare systems to build on this momentum and position themselves for future success. Hear from executives, clinicians, and technology leaders focused on improving the clinical process for patients and developing a long-term strategy for expanding the use of telehealth across the continuum of care
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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