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.


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.


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.

Industry News:

Rhinogram and DynaFlex® Announce Collaboration to Enhance Remote Patient Care Through
Rhinogram (@rhinogram), a provider of cloud-based, HIPAA-compliant, telehealth solutions, announced a strategic alliance with DynaFlex®, a world-class manufacturer and distributor of product and digital solutions for the orthodontic and dental industries. Through this collaboration with Rhinogram, DynaFlex® will now offer their client network with the ability to provide virtual visits for patients, as well as communicate in real-time via simple texts (SMS) and multimedia texts (MMS) – giving dental and orthodontic practices the ability to better engage with patients while streamlining workflows.

Taskforce on Telehealth Invites Public Input
The multi-stakeholder Taskforce on Telehealth Policy is seeking input from the public as it develops policy recommendations to advance quality and patient experience while establishing a stable, long-term environment that fosters the growth and integration of remote services within the healthcare system. The taskforce is being convened by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), the Alliance for Connected Care, and the American Telemedicine Association (@AmericanTelemed).


SPH Analytics National Study on Patient Experience with Telehealth Finds Significant Shift in Attitudes/Behaviors During Height of Pandemic
SPH Analytics (@SPHAnalytics), a healthcare analytics and population health management company, surveyed consumers regarding their level of engagement with their healthcare just prior to the World Health Organization declaration of the Coronavirus pandemic on March 11 and continued post declaration through June 17. The survey began just as the virus emerged in the United States[1] and spanned to also cover the early stages of states’ reopening. Results of patients’ reception to, willingness for and actual usage of virtual provider visits highlight the opportunities for providers and health plans alike to meet new consumer demands while simultaneously improving their quality and experience metrics.

New Survey Reveals Patients Have Been Overwhelmingly Satisfied with Virtual Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Want Greater Access to it in the Future
Kyruus (@kyruus) announced findings from a survey of 1,000 patients about their virtual care experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. The findings, published in the Patient Perspectives on Virtual Care report, reveal that nearly three-quarters of respondents engaged in their first virtual care visit ever during the initial surge of COVID-19 cases in the United States and over 75% were very or completely satisfied with their experiences with virtual care. However, the results also suggest that healthcare organizations have an opportunity to enhance patient experience, acquisition, and retention by making virtual care scheduling and follow-up more seamless.

Updates to the ONC Health IT Playbook
Telehealth can help clinicians provide and patients access critical health services during the COVID-19 public health emergency. ONC (@ONC_HealthIT) recently updated the Health IT Playbook to include HHS resources and tools focused on telehealth implementation as well as policies that can inform provider approaches to using telecommunication technologies. View the updated Health IT Playbook.

COVID-19 News

LexisNexis Risk Solutions Adds Telehealth Adoption Insights to COVID-19 Data Resource Center
The Health Care business of LexisNexis®Risk Solutions (@LexisNexisRisk) has added national telehealth trending insights to its COVID-19 Data Resource Center revealing the exponential growth of telehealth adoption spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on the company’s vast repository of the U.S. de-identified claims data, the weekly insights demonstrate the changes in telehealth claim volumes nationwide compared to 2019, and the top changes in telehealth claim volumes by provider specialty.

COVID-19 Webinars:

Kareo (@GoKareo)
Telehealth, Coding and Billing Guidance for COVID-19 – Kareo understands in these uncertain times, independent medical practices and their billing companies need to keep abreast of the updates that pertain to them during the COVID-19 pandemic. To help, Kareo has put together a Telehealth Billing and Coding Resource Guide, based on Kareo’s highly attended webinar that was held recently on the same topic.

Using Rhinogram to Flatten the Curve of COVID-19
Don’t miss the free webinar from Rhinogram. Dr. James Thomas shares how your practice can flatten the curve of COVID-19 using Rhinogram. Continue delivering high-quality care through virtual visits and remote check-ins. Plus, internal communication tools to keep your entire team connected and informed.

Rhinogram’s HIPAA-compliant telehealth platform will help flatten the curve of COVID-19, keeping patients, providers and their teams safe. Start texting with patients today. Custom templates and tools will make messaging even easier. Rhinogram can have your office live within hours. Sign-up today.


ATA2020 Conference & Expo
Virtual Event
Hashtag: #ATA2020
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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.

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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