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.

Monthly Telehealth Regional Tracker
The Monthly Telehealth Regional Tracker uses FAIR Health (@fairhealth) data to track how telehealth is evolving on a monthly basis. Selecting a month and clicking on one of the four US census regions in the map below will display an infographic on telehealth in that month in that region. Clicking on national statistics will display an infographic for the nation as a whole. Each infographic includes a 2019 vs. 2020 comparison for that month in 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.


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:

Doctor On Demand Announces $75M in Series D Financing Led by General Atlantic to Expand Comprehensive Virtual Care
Doctor On Demand (@drondemand), a national virtual care provider, announced it has secured $75 million in Series D financing led by General Atlantic, a leading global growth equity firm, with participation from existing investors. The funds will be used to accelerate Doctor On Demand’s investments in growth and further expand access to high-quality, comprehensive virtual care for patients nationwide.

Teladoc Health Completes Acquisition of InTouch Health, Creating Single Virtual Care Delivery Leader from Hospital to Home
Teladoc Health, Inc. (@teladochealth) announced that it has completed its acquisition of Santa Barbara, Calif.-area based InTouch Health. With the integration of InTouch Health’s innovative telehealth capabilities linking providers to one another in complex medical environments, Teladoc Health will connect the care experience across in-patient, outpatient and home care settings, ensuring greater access to high quality care and better health outcomes.

Truepill Raises $25 Million in Series B Funding Round
Truepill, a business-to-business telemedicine platform that enables healthcare brands to deliver medication, birth control, and other prescription pills directly to customers, closed a $25 million Series B funding round with investments from TI Platform Fund, Optum Ventures, Initialized Capital, Sound Ventures, and others.

SOC Telemed Partners With Peninsula Regional Medical Center
SOC Telemed (@SOCTelemed), an acute care telemedicine company, announced its work with Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC), a 266-bed healthcare leader in Salisbury, Maryland to launch teleNeurology services.

Henry Schein Medical Announces Expansion of Medpod’s Telemedicine Solutions With Integration of VisualDx
Henry Schein Medical, the U.S. medical business of Henry Schein, Inc. and exclusive distributor of Medpod, Inc.’s telemedicine solutions, announced the integration of VisualDx (@visualdx) – a clinical decision support system – with Medpod’s technology infrastructure to help health care professionals better diagnose patients virtually.


New Survey: COVID-19 Has Made Patients Warm Up to Telehealth, Report Positive Experience
A new survey of healthcare consumers from Vivify Health (@VivifyHealth) underscores the rapid acceleration of telehealth since the advent of COVID-19. A full 70% of respondents say at least one of their providers now offers telehealth, a significant increase compared to last year’s survey in which only 17% said they have access to remote care.

Walgreens, CVS and Walmart telehealth offerings: 18 things to know
Walgreens and CVS offer virtual visits and telehealth services to consumers while Walmart includes telehealth services in its employee benefits plan. Becker’s Hospital Review (@beckershr) lists six things to know about each retail company’s telehealth strategy.

COVID-19 News

AccentCare Uses Synzi to Ease Patient Burden Facing Hospitals Amid COVID-19
AccentCare, a provider of post-acute healthcare services, announced improved outcomes from using Synzi’s (@SynziCare) telehealth app and virtual care platform to provide care while protecting patients, staff, and PPE across its key regions.

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
Listen to recorded sessions..

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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