Telemedicine 2021

We are combining our Telemedicine and Virtual Care reports into Telemedicine News and Updates. 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.

Product News:

19Labs adds GALE | VisualVitals: Deviceless Vital Sign Measurement to GALE Point-Of-Care eClinics
19Labs (@19_labs), the creator of the GALE remote point-of-care open platform, announced the launch of GALE | VisualVitals which measures a patient’s vital signs using only a tablet’s built-in camera. The technology makes GALE the world’s first platform that integrates FDA-approved devices (e.g. blood pressure, pulse oximeter, etc.) together with the latest machine learning visual technologies to assess patient health and wellness. Clinicians can leverage both FDA-approved devices and GALE | VisualVitals to diagnose patients during telehealth calls. Patients can use GALE | VisualVitals on their own as well, to monitor well-being at their convenience.

Industry News:

Solv Raises $45M in Series C Funding to Accelerate Growth of its National Network of Providers, Leading the Way for Consumer-Driven and Digital-First Healthcare
Solv (@solvhealth), a national network of healthcare providers making same-day and next-day healthcare accessible to anyone, announced the close of its $45 Million Series C funding round led by Acrew Capital and Corner Ventures. Other participants include prior investors Greylock Partners and Benchmark Capital. The funding will support the company’s expansion of its national network of healthcare providers, consumer-driven healthcare offerings like same-day in person appointments and virtual care, and increased cost transparency for patients.

Recuro Health Announces Its $15 Million Series A Round Led by ARCH Venture Partners: Funds Additional Acquisitions Expanding Digital Health Solutions Capabilities, Increased Marketing, Company Growth
Recuro Health (@RecuroHealth), an integrated digital health solutions company that transitions the U.S. healthcare system from a reactive, disease-focused model to a population health, outcomes approach, announces a $15 million Series A financing led by ARCH Venture Partners, with follow-on support from existing Seed Round-investors OLSF Ventures, Cortado Ventures, 1843 Capital and Sage Venture Partners.

Amwell Closes Acquisitions of SilverCloud Health and Conversa Health
Amwell® (@amwell) announced that it has closed its acquisitions of SilverCloud Health and Conversa Health. By adding the proven longitudinal care and behavioral healthcare capabilities of these two companies to its digital care enablement platform, Amwell is positioned to introduce game changing technology that will advance the reach and impact of care teams around the globe and will strengthen the cohesion between physical, automated and virtual care.

SOC Telemed Reports Second Quarter 2021 Financial and Operating Results
SOC Telemed, Inc., (@SOCTelemed), a national provider of acute care telemedicine, announced its financial and operating results for the second quarter ending June 30, 2021.

Reliq Health Technologies, Inc. Announces New Contract to Provide its iUGO Care Platform to Over 2,500 Cardiology Patients in Puerto Rico
Reliq Health Technologies Inc. (@ReliqHealth), a global telemedicine company that develops innovative Virtual Care solutions for the multi-billion dollar Healthcare market, announced that through its partnership with digiiMED it has signed a new contract to provide its iUGO Care platform, Care Management Services and medical monitoring devices to over 2,500 Medicare Advantage Cardiology patients in Puerto Rico.

Making the Cut:

Let’s Talk Interactive Named a Finalist for Charlotte Business Journal’s Health Care Heroes Awards
Let’s Talk Interactive, Inc. (@LetsTalkInter), a provider of customizable telehealth solutions, announced it has been selected as a finalist for the Charlotte Business Journal’s inaugural Health Care Heroes Awards in the Innovator category. The program recognizes the dedication and achievements of the local health care community.

To Read:

The Latest in Telehealth Offerings: Teleneurology by Devin Partida, Editor-in-Chief, ReHack.com (@rehackmagazine) – There’s been a recent boom in telehealth services that some people say could forever change care delivery. Teleneurology is a related trend. Here’s a look at what it is and how the option could help patients.

Transitioning a Healthcare Facility to a Wireless Network by Dan Matthews (@danielmatthews0) – Despite the issues surrounding the wireless adoption process, making the transition is becoming increasingly essential for healthcare facilities in today’s digital world. A wireless network infrastructure goes far beyond telehealth services; it has the potential to revolutionize the entire medical field.

The Role of Telehealth in Saving the Planet By Joel E. Barthelemy – We got some bad news recently –“we” as in the entire planet. The latest UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report issued a “code red for humanity” and provided an accelerated timeline for planetary warming. The report warns of increasingly extreme disasters, heatwaves, droughts, and storms, among other dire outcomes. What if we told you there’s a role telehealth can play in saving the planet and in turn, saving lives?

Listen:

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.

Telehealth.HHS.gov
During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, we don’t have to choose between medical care and social distancing. When patients can get health care through telehealth — and doctors can provide it — we protect ourselves and our communities. The Telehealth.HHS.gov website provides information about the latest federal efforts to support and promote telehealth services.

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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Upcoming Events

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Telehealth Awareness Week

What: First-Annual Telehealth Awareness Week
When: September 19-25. 2021
Where: Series of Virtual Events

The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) will convene leaders in telehealth service delivery, hospital systems and medical practices, patient advocacy organizations, policymakers and other stakeholders during the first-annual Telehealth Awareness Week™, September 19-25, 2021. During the week, the ATA will host a series of events, publish educational resources and share patient and healthcare provider experiences that support the permanent adoption of telehealth as part of a two-channel care delivery system that combines in-person and virtual care.