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:

Google Cloud and Amwell Partner to Transform and Expand Access to Virtual Care
Google Cloud and Amwell (@amwell) announced that they have entered into a multi-year, strategic partnership to deliver transformative telehealth solutions across the global healthcare ecosystem. Together, the companies will endeavor to expand access to virtual care, improve patient and clinician experiences, and leverage their unique capabilities to deliver new, differentiated healthcare solutions—across the continuum of care.

NJ Township Equips EMS with DrFirst’s Backline for Faster, Safer Treatment
Rapid access to medical care often means the difference between life and death when a patient suffers a heart attack, stroke, or other major trauma. To help speed treatment times in emergencies and protect patients from adverse drug events, Neptune Township in New Jersey is equipping its Emergency Medical Services (EMS) with in-the-field access to DrFirst’s (@DrFirst) Backline for secure messaging and medication history. Neptune is collaborating with the emergency department at Hackensack Meridian Jersey Shore University Medical Center to help the hospital prepare for incoming emergency patients. The academic medical center’s emergency department is the first in the state to receive information from an EMS service via Backline.

Reliq Health Technologies, Inc. Announces New Contract with Maxlink Health to Provide its iUGO Care Platform to over 10,000 New Patients in North Texas
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 Maxlink Health to provide iUGO Care Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM), Chronic Care Management (CCM), Behavioral Health Integration (BHI) and Principle Care Management (PCM) to over 10,000 eligible Medicare patients in North Texas.

Teladoc Health Recognizes Top Hospitals and Health Systems for Virtual Care Excellence During the Telehealth Innovation Forum
Teladoc Health (@teladochealth), the global leader in virtual care, Telad with the Telehealth Innovation Awards for achievements in advancing virtual care worldwide at the 14th Telehealth Innovation Forum. This highly-regarded annual event, held virtually this year, gathered more than 3,500 healthcare leaders to discuss growth strategies and the future of virtual care.

Telemental Health Survey Reveals 70 Percent of Behavioral Health Providers Will Continue Offering Telehealth Options Post-COVID-19
Tridiuum (@Tridiuum), a provider of digital behavioral health solutions, released the results of a new survey about the current and future state of telemental healthcare delivery. The survey found that 81 percent of behavioral health providers began using telehealth for the first time in the last six months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Even more importantly, 70 percent of respondents reported they plan to continue offering telehealth services post-pandemic, and that they intend to leverage video visits for at least 50 percent of their patients moving forward.

Product News:

Kyruus Launches Online Consumer Scheduling for Virtual Care Visits
Kyruus (@kyruus), a provider of search and scheduling solutions for health systems, announced the availability of online scheduling for virtual care visits within its Kyruus ProviderMatch® for Consumers solution for health system websites. The enhancement builds on the company’s award-winning scheduling solution with the ability for consumers to see which providers offer virtual visits, view available appointments, and book virtual visits online. Accessible within ProviderMatch for both new and existing patients, the new capabilities help health systems raise awareness of their virtual care offerings, capture consumer demand for virtual care, and streamline scheduling processes.

Lumeon Launches Virtual Care Solutions in Response to COVID-19
Lumeon (@lumeon_), a digital health company, announced a series of new virtual care solutions to help healthcare providers orchestrate care delivery and engage patients at home amid COVID-19. The solutions enable providers to virtualize care processes at scale, minimizing face-to-face contact to reduce the risk of infection within care settings, while alleviating overburdened clinical teams.

Safety Net Connect’s New Carequality-Enhanced Virtual Care Solution Changes Healthcare Delivery with Safe, Equitable Access During COVID-19 and Beyond
Safety Net Connect (SNC), a provider of innovative healthcare technology solutions, is pleased to announce that Converge, its next-generation telehealth platform, is among the first virtual point-of-care solutions in the nation to deliver expanded access to secure patient data utilizing the Carequality Interoperability Framework. The telehealth evolution could not have come at a better time, as COVID-19 necessitates virtual healthcare delivery as a new standard in patient-centric care.

To Read:

Sustainable Telehealth: Legislation by Jim Tate, EMR Advocate – On August 3, 2020 President Trump issued an Executive Order entitled “Improving Rural Health and Telehealth Access”. This Order contained statements that demonstrate a commitment to make permanent a significant number of the temporary measures that promoted the widespread acceptance and adoption of telehealth services during the Public Health Emergency (PHE).

Using Telemedicine To Make Accurate, Timely Diagnoses: What We Still Need To Learn by Jeffrey Brady MD MPH, Director, AHRQ’s Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety – Long before the COVID-19 crisis, AHRQ began funding research that examined the use of telemedicine to improve access to and delivery of healthcare. Research showed telemedicine to not only be effective at connecting practitioners to patients or even other clinical experts, but to also be an efficient and satisfactory mode of care.


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
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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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