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:

Trump Administration Announces New Actions to Improve Access to Healthcare across America
President Trump signed executive orders with the goal of improving healthcare in rural America, for seniors, and for all Americans, by expanding telehealth, modernizing regulations, and reforming payments.

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.

Teladoc Health and Livongo Merge to Create New Standard in Global Healthcare Delivery, Access and Experience
Teladoc Health (@teladochealth), a virtual care company, and Livongo (@Livongo), an Applied Health Signals company – announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement. This merger represents a transformational opportunity to improve the delivery, access and experience of healthcare for consumers around the world. The highly complementary organizations will combine to create substantial value across the healthcare ecosystem, enabling clients everywhere to offer high quality, personalized, technology-enabled longitudinal care that improves outcomes and lowers costs across the full spectrum of health.

Telehealth Startup Nurx Raises $22.5M Series C Extension
Telehealth startup Nurx (@nurxapp) raised a $22.5 million extension to its Series C round as the company expands its care offerings.

Fairhealth 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 of telehealth’s.

DrFirst Partners With PointClickCare to Bring Backline With Telehealth to Long-Term Care Providers
DrFirst (@DrFirst), a company in technology, support, and services that connect people at touchpoints of patient care, and PointClickCare, a cloud-based software platform for the senior care continuum, have partnered to bring the award-winning Backline with telehealth to long-term care providers across North America.

Product News:

Rhinogram Enhances Virtual Care Platform with the Availability of Live Video Calls
Rhinogram (@rhinogram), a provider of cloud-based, HIPAA-compliant telehealth solutions, announced the availability of live video capabilities with the launch of RhinoVideo. This new feature enables providers using the Rhinogram platform to deliver virtual visits without patients having to download an app or log into a portal.

DocReady is Proud to Offer Contactless Healthcare for Unprecedented Times – $49 Visits for the Month of August
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced hospitals, physician practices, and government agencies to adapt quickly in the face of unprecedented clinical and economic upheaval. The road ahead remains uncertain and many more innovations will surely be required. DocReady is committed to the aggressive expansion of its direct-to-patient care model that eliminates the hurdles in the current payer based healthcare system and puts the power back in the hands of the individual.

Greenway Health develops new telehealth solution to further support healthcare providers in a virtual care environment
On the heels of an agreement with Amazon Web Services to develop a cloud-based data services platform, Greenway Health (@greenway), a health information technology and services provider, announced the company is also working to develop innovative virtual care solutions that are now essential for today’s ambulatory care practices.

RhinoVideo Helps Complete the Virtual Patient Engagement Journey within a Single Platform
Rhinogram (@rhinogram), a cloud-based, HIPAA-compliant telehealth solutions comapany, introduces the availability of live video capabilities with the launch of RhinoVideo. This new feature enables providers using the Rhinogram platform to deliver virtual visits without patients having to download an app or log into a portal.

Philips makes access to care and personalized telehealth for local communities real with Virtual Care Station
Royal Philips (@PhilipsPR), a health technology company, announced the launch of Virtual Care Station [1], a telehealth environment that delivers virtual care services in convenient neighborhood locations such as retail settings, libraries, town halls and universities. The pod-based solution connects provider and insurance networks, allowing health providers and patients to have a local, community-based choice for care. Whether in underserved rural or urban areas, Virtual Care Station helps deliver on the Quadruple Aim by giving patients access to virtual face-to-face care, and is designed to help improve clinical outcomes, lower costs and increase patient and staff satisfaction. Virtual Care Station is based on Philips technology developed for the ATLAS program (Accessing Telehealth through Local Area Stations), which was created to serve the healthcare needs of U.S. veterans.


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.


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.


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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