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.

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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.

Product News:

Tyto Care Receives CE Mark for Its On Demand, Remote Examination Solution
Tyto Care (@TytoCare), a telehealth company enabling on demand telehealth visits and comprehensive medical examinations, announced it received CE Mark approval and that its end-to-end telehealth solution is now available for European consumers and professionals. CE Mark approval paves the way for the immediate European roll out of Tyto Care’s comprehensive solution, which includes an otoscope, stethoscope, digital camera, and telehealth platform.

Industry News:

The American Telemedicine Association Responds to CMS Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule That Further Supports Access to Telehealth Services
In response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) annual Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) final rule issued on November 2, 2021, further supporting access to telehealth services, the American Telemedicine Association (@AmericanTelemed) issued a statement.

Patient management made simple: Bright.md, VitalTech partner to power engagement through RPM, asynchronous care
In a move to make care as simple as possible for patients, Bright.md (@BrightMD_Health), a asynchronous telehealth solution transforming the patient-provider experience and VitalTech (@VitalTechInno), a company in virtual care focused on remote patient monitoring (RPM), announced a partnership to improve care management and streamline engagement for patients with chronic conditions.

Amwell Announces Results for Third Quarter 2021
Amwell® (@amwell), a national telehealth company, announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2021.

Trustmark Health Benefits Partners With Teladoc Health to Launch New Virtual-First Health Plan Services
Trustmark Health Benefits, Inc. announced the launch of their first virtual-first health plan design in partnership with Teladoc Health (@teladochealth), the global leader in whole-person virtual care. Teladoc Health’s primary care service, Primary360, sits at the center of the health plan design and is complemented by the full suite of virtual care services, including chronic care management and mental health.

Digital Health Equity Pledge
Digital health equity is an essential tenet in building the future of healthcare. Accessibility and equal access are at the center of the Zipnosis (@zipnosis) platform, which is why the company signed eHI’s Digital Health Equity Pledge.

GBUAHN and Tyto Team Up for a Unique Telehealth Program
The Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network (GBUAHN), a Medicaid health home specializing in care coordination, has entered into a partnership with Tyto Care, a telehealth company enabling live telehealth visits and comprehensive medical examinations anytime, anywhere. GBUAHN will be implementing Tyto Care’s telehealth platform and examination tools with their patient health navigators (PHNs) for use during in-home visits.

Reliq Health Technologies, Inc. Announces Contracts with Two New Clients in the US, Expansion of iUGO Platform for Hospice Care
Reliq Health Technologies Inc. (@ReliqHealth), a rapidly growing global medtech company that develops innovative Virtual Care solutions for the multi-billion dollar Healthcare market, announced that it has signed contracts with two new clients and has expanded the iUGO platform’s support for Hospice care by leveraging Reliq’s iUGO Care and iUGO Home modules.

Let’s Talk Interactive Announces Expansions, Partnerships, Key Appointments in 3Q Review
Let’s Talk Interactive (@LetsTalkInter), a company offering customizable telehealth solutions and provider of HIPAA-compliant telemedicine software and hardware solutions, reports rapid expansion in the education and healthcare sectors and key appointments to its leadership team and board of directors in its 3Q 2021 review.

Latest News from the FCC:

FCC Reaches $150M Benchmark for COVID-19 Telehealth Program Round 2
The Federal Communications Commission (@fcc) approved an additional 75 applications for funding commitments totaling $42,163,705 for Round 2 of its COVID-19 Telehealth Program. This is the FCC’s fourth funding announcement of approved Round 2 applications, bringing the total to approximately $166.13 million awarded to health care providers in each state, territory, and the District of Columbia, and completing the first phase of Round 2 of the Program.

FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr Announces Telehealth Roundtable
FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr will host a virtual roundtable on Monday, December 6, 2021, starting at 10:00 a.m. EST that will focus on the FCC’s telehealth initiatives and the benefits they can bring to communities across the country. The event will provide a forum for health care providers that are participating or seeking to participate in the FCC’s telehealth initiatives to share their experiences, learn from each other’s work, and identify opportunities for both private and public stakeholders to facilitate the successful, long-term implementation of
telehealth services.

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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ATA Edge Policy Conference (@AmericanTelemed)

What: ATA EDGE Policy Conference
When: January 12, 19, 26, and February 2,2021
Where: Four Week Series of Virtual Events
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The ATA EDGE Policy Conference will focus on the latest state and federal telehealth policies and temporary waivers put in place in response to COVID-19, and the strategies to make access to telehealth permanently available following the public health emergency. This four-week virtual series of two-hour sessions, January 12, 19, 26, and February 2, will convene thought leaders, policymakers, and pundits to discuss post-election perspectives, explore the implications for telehealth, and highlight the modalities that can bridge the gap for vulnerable populations, rural communities, and deliver quality care when and where it’s needed.

ATA2022 Annual Conference & Expo (@AmericanTelemed)

What: ATA2022 Annual Conference & Expo
When: May 1-3, 2022
Where: In Person Boston, MA
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ATA2022 will showcase a mix of practical applications of telehealth – from preventative and primary care to behavioral health and other areas of specialty care — and hands-on workshops, mixed with luminary vision of important next steps for telehealth’s future.