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.

Industry News:

HealthPoint Plus files for Provisional Patent on its Global Network Solutions
HealthPoint Plus (@healthpointplus), a telehealth provider, is pleased to announce that it has filed a provisional application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to patent its novel global telehealth solution.

Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine Adopts Hippo Virtual Care™ Platform for Virtual Medical Education, Remote Proctoring
Hippo Technologies, Inc. ™ (@myhippolife), a global virtual care company delivering solutions for healthcare and medical education, announced that Barry University’s School of Podiatric Medicine is using the Hippo Virtual CareTM (HVC) platform to provide its medical educators with remote teaching and proctoring, continuing medical education, and consultation solutions.

Evernorth Completes Acquisition of MDLIVE to Expand Access to Virtual Care
Evernorth, the health services portfolio of Cigna Corporation, announced that it has completed its acquisition of MDLIVE (@MDLIVEInc), a privately held, leading 24/7 virtual care delivery platform. The transaction, first announced on February 26, expands Evernorth’s capabilities to lower the cost of care – while increasing access to health care providers – through virtual visits that can be accessed from the home or anywhere.

AMC Health, Superior Leader in Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) and Telehealth Adds Dean Panovich as Chief Revenue Officer
AMC Health (@AMCHealth), a telehealth and remote patient monitoring (RPM) company, providing access to care for Payers, Providers, and the largest telehealth provider in the world, the Veterans Affairs, announced that Dean Panovich has joined as Chief Revenue Officer (CRO).

DarioHealth Partners with MediOrbis on Virtual Care Offering for Diabetes
DarioHealth Corp. (@DarioHealth), a pioneer in the global digital therapeutics market, announced the launch of a new virtual care initiative with MediOrbis (@mediorbis) a telehealth provider specializing in chronic conditions. Eligible Medicare members who have diabetes can receive convenient virtual care for their diabetes, including telehealth delivered by MediOrbis and remote patient monitoring through DarioHealth’s AI-powered digital chronic care platform under their existing Medicare benefit.

Amwell to Report First Quarter 2021 Operating Results and Host Conference Call on Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Amwell®, (@amwell) announced that it will report first quarter ended March 31, 2021 operating results on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. Following distribution of the earnings release via wire services, the Amwell management team will host a live conference call and webcast at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time to review the Company’s operating results and provide a general business update.

Reliq Health Technologies, Inc. Announces Two New Orthopedic Practice Contracts in the US
Reliq Health Technologies Inc. (@ReliqHealth) a global telemedicine company that develops innovative Virtual Care solutions for the multi-billion dollar Healthcare market, announced that it has signed two new contracts with Orthopedic Practices in Texas, leveraging its iUGO Care platform to enable Orthopedic Specialists to manage their chronic orthopedic and post-operative patients at home.

HealthPoint Plus and Trūman Rx establish strategic partnership
National telehealth provider HealthPoint Plus (@healthpointplus), a company in subscription-based telehealth, formed a strategic partnership with the disruptive telehealth testosterone replacement therapy startup Trūman Rx (Trūman). The companies plan to increase access to testosterone replacement therapy for men across the United States.

Latest News from the FCC:

FCC COVID-19 Telehealth Program Application Portal To Open April 29
The Federal Communications Commission’s (@fcc) Wireline Competition Bureau will begin accepting applications for Round 2 of the COVID-19 Telehealth Program on Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 12:00 PM ET at The filing window will last seven calendar days and close on Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 12:00 PM ET. Round 2 of the COVID-19 Telehealth Program is a $249.95 million federal initiative that builds on the $200 million program established as part of the CARES Act.

Product News:

HealthPoint Plus releases its StepUp HomeLab diagnostic kit to its members
HealthPoint Plus announced the production release of its StepUp™ HomeLab. The StepUp HomeLab takes telehealth to the next level by enabling its members to perform medical diagnostic testing, typically available only in a doctor’s office, from the convenience of their home or even while traveling.

GlobalMed Introduces the TotalExam® Lite, the Next Generation of Digital General Exam Cameras and Otoscopes for Telemedicine
GlobalMed (@globalmed_usa), an international provider of virtual health solutions, is proud to introduce the market release of its TotalExam® Lite camera, available in both general exam and otoscope variants. The new offering leverages GlobalMed’s extensive digital imaging expertise and deep knowledge of the telehealth industry to provide superior full motion video and intelligent image capture in an affordable design.

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UnitedHealth’s Optum To Broaden Telehealth Offerings In All 50 States by Forbes – UnitedHealth Group’s Optum healthcare services unit has launched a virtual care business that is expanding telehealth across the U.S. with more specialized medical care providers and services.

Telemedicine doesn’t need to fade away after the pandemic by The Philadelphia Inquirer – However, it’s at risk of fading away. The reason is a classic one for health care — doctors worry telemedicine may not be worth the trouble if insurance companies pay less than in-person visits. Some doctors worry insurers won’t pay for it at all.

Telehealth: A Temporary Fix or the Future of Health Care? by SAP Insights – After a slow start, the pandemic forced an embrace of telehealth. Now it’s changing the way patient care takes place.


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.
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 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


Telehealth Awareness Week (@AmericanTelemed)

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.