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.


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:

GoodRx Expands Telehealth Service Nationwide to Meet Significant Demand for Affordable, Remote Healthcare
GoodRx (@goodrx) announced that its telehealth service, HeyDoctor by GoodRx, has reached a new milestone and is available across all 50 states and Washington D.C. HeyDoctor’s expansion provides people nationwide with affordable access to online medical visits with US-licensed providers who can treat a wide range of conditions — regardless of insurance status. This includes routine services for birth control, high cholesterol or a UTI (starting at $20), medicine refills and mail delivery service.

eConsult Solution Company AristaMD Adds Ascension Ventures and .406 Ventures to Investment Syndicate, Completing Its $24 Million Series B Financing
AristaMD (@Arista_MD), a digital health company that provides proprietary eConsult solutions that connect primary care providers (PCPs) with timely, documented specialist insights, announced investments from Ascension Ventures, a strategic healthcare venture firm. These investments top off the company’s Series B funding round, which was co-led by Cigna Ventures and MemorialCare Innovation Fund, at $24 million. The new capital will be used to accelerate commercial growth as well as continue the expansion of its proprietary eConsult platform supporting payors and health systems across the country.

Amwell Honors Telehealth Innovation and Clinical Care Excellence with Annual Client Award Program
Amwell (@amwell) a national telehealth company, announced the recipients of its annual Client Awards. Awards were given to organizations that have made exceptional contributions to expanding digital care delivery from access to impact, prior to and during COVID-19. All winners have demonstrated a profound commitment to making meaningful change through telehealth, even while facing unprecedented challenges brought on by the pandemic.

ReWire and TytoCare among the winners of Extreme Tech Challenge 2020
TytoCare Ltd. won the Covid-19 Innovation Award for its complete telehealth solution that can deliver easy and affordable telehealth visits. The mobile platform allows anyone to perform self-examinations and receive a remote diagnosis.

Eagle’s Brian Hunt, MD, Named Top Provider for Virtual Hospitalist Care
Brian Hunt, MD, a TeleHospitalist at Eagle Telemedicine (@EagleTelemed), was named the Top Telehealth Provider for Hospitalist Care during Teladoc Health’s 14th Telehealth Innovation Forum. This award recognizes Dr. Hunt’s achievements in virtual care volume and telehealth leadership.

Product News:

VirtualHealth Introduces No-Download Secure Video Visits
VirtualHealth (@virtualhealth_), provider of HELIOS, a SaaS care management platform, announced the addition of groundbreaking new telehealth capabilities which allow care managers and clinicians to initiate HIPAA-compliant video calls with any patient on the platform. The new feature works across all devices, including computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones and provides exceptional video and audio quality alongside secure chat and data exchange capabilities.

Streamline Launches Telehealth Services Through Its Integrated Web-based Platform SmartCare EHR
Streamline Healthcare Solutions is proud to announce they have launched a new Telehealth Services feature within their all-inclusive EHR, SmartCare. Clients will have the ability to deliver care safely and effectively using SmartCare’s Telehealth Services application.

Reliq Health Technologies, Inc. Announces New Contract with digiiMED to Provide its iUGO Care Platform to Patients in Puerto Rico
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 a contract with digiiMED, LLC to provide Reliq’s iUGO Care Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM), Chronic Care Management (CCM), Behavioral Health Integration (BHI) and Principal Care Management (PCM) platform to digiiMED’s Medicare and private insurance patients in Puerto Rico.

COVID-19 News

Spanberger, Johnson Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Fund FCC’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program, Continue Delivery of Critical Healthcare Services to Rural Communities
U.S. Representatives Abigail Spanberger (D-VA-07) and Dusty Johnson (R-SD-AL) led the introduction of bipartisan legislation to maintain critical telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic and provide much-needed funding to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) COVID-19 Telehealth Program.

Beyond COVID-19: Policy Recommendations to Strengthen and Improve Telehealth Services
COVID-19 brought with it an explosion in telehealth use. However, even before the coronavirus, telehealth was growing. In fact, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that telemedicine visits increased at an average compound growth rate of 52% per year from 2005 to 2014. AHIP offers policy recommendations that would help remove barriers to telehealth implementation and strengthen and improve telehealth services.


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.

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
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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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