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:

VeeMed and BioIntelliSense Partner to Advance Remote Patient Monitoring Care with Continuous Vital Sign Data and Clinical Analytics
VeeMed (@VeeMedInc), a provider of a Virtual Care as-a-service (VCaaS) for the full continuum of care, and BioIntelliSense, Inc. (@biointellisense), a continuous health monitoring and clinical intelligence company offering a medical-grade Data-as-a-Service (DaaS) platform, announced its partnership that provides scalable Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) by integrating the most advanced technology in wearables and analytics.

Walmart Health To Acquire Telehealth Provider MeMD
Walmart Health (@walmart) and MeMD (@MeMDme), a multi-specialty telehealth provider, announced they have entered into an agreement for Walmart Health to acquire MeMD. This reinforces Walmart’s commitment to integrated, omnichannel health delivery that leverages data and technology to improve engagement, health equity and outcomes.

ATA2021 Fireside Chat Series: Experts Discuss Telehealth In Retail Disruption, Healing Broken Health Systems, Health Equity and Bias
The American Telemedicine Association (@AmericanTelemed) announced the lineup of hot topics and industry trailblazers in the ATA2021 Fireside Chat Series, addressing the role of telehealth in retail disruption, healing broken health systems, solving the needs of underserved communities, and solving bias with artificial intelligence (AI). ATA2021 Annual Conference and Expo is taking place virtually each Tuesday and Thursday in June 2021 (11am-2pm EST). Now in its 25th year, ATA2021 is the world’s largest telehealth innovation event.

Half The Senate Supports Bipartisan CONNECT For Health Act, Underscoring The Priority To Make Telehealth Permanent For Medicare Beneficiaries
In yet another strong signal to Congress that Medicare beneficiaries must not lose access to needed telehealth services following the public health emergency, U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Ben Cardin (D-MD), John Thune (R-SD), Mark Warner (D-VA) and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) led a bipartisan group of fifty Senators to reintroduce the CONNECT for Health Act. The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) remains grateful to these telehealth champions for their long-standing commitment to ensuring patients have access to safe, affordable, and effective care when and where they need it, including rural and underserved communities.

Virtual Benefits Administrator and DignifiHealth Partner to Improve Employee Access to Telemedicine
Virtual Benefits Administrator (VBA) and DignifiHealth, healthcare software companies, partner to make accessing telemedicine easier for employees.

LifeMD Reports Q1 2021 Revenue up 323% to Record $18.2M, Raises Full Year Revenue Guidance to $90-$100M
LifeMD, Inc., a direct-to-patient telehealth company, reported results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2021. All quarterly comparisons are to the same year-ago period.

Amwell® Announces Results for First Quarter 2021
Amwell (@amwell), a national telehealth leader, announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2021.

SOC Telemed Reports Strong First Quarter 2021 Results
SOC Telemed (@SOCTelemed), a national provider of acute care telemedicine, announced its results for the first quarter ending March 31, 2021.

Grand Rounds Health and Doctor On Demand Complete Merger to Form the Only Virtual Care Company of its Kind
Grand Rounds Health, a company in healthcare quality and navigation, and Doctor On Demand, a virtual care provider, announced the completion of their previously announced merger. The new integrated virtual care company is the first of its kind with a nationwide practice of diverse, dedicated providers and a multidisciplinary care team providing end-to-end primary care, advanced specialty care, chronic condition management, and behavioral health.

Reliq Health Technologies, Inc. Announces New Skilled Nursing Facility Clients, Expansion of Care Management Team
Reliq Health Technologies Inc. (@ReliqHealth), a growing global telemedicine company that develops Virtual Care solutions for the Healthcare market, announced that it has four new Skilled Nursing Facility clients in the Southern United States, and is expanding its Care Management team in response to significant demand for the Company’s Care Management Services.

Latest News from the FCC:

Carr Applauds Legislation to Expand Access to Telehealth
FCC (@fcc) Commissioner Brendan Carr applauded legislation introduced in the Senate that would make permanent telehealth flexibilities that were made available during the COVID-19 pandemic and expand coverage of telehealth services.

Teladoc Health Partners with Vivo to Improve Access to Quality Healthcare in Brazil
Teladoc Health, Inc. (@teladochealth), the global leader in whole-person virtual care, announced a new partnership with Vivo, part of the Telefónica Group, that will provide Brazilians with increased access to healthcare, specifically through the use of telemedicine.

Product News:

CareNiva Launches AI-Powered Telehealth Platform to Enhance Level of Patient Care
CareNiva (@CareNivaInc) announced the launch of its Artificial Intelligence (AI)-driven Telehealth platform. CareNiva leverages cutting-edge AI technology to deliver a global healthcare solution for providers. Physician visits can take place across all platforms, making it easy and seamless to deliver care from anywhere at any time.

Teladoc Health Launches “myStrength Complete” As First Unified Mental Health Care Experience
Teladoc Health, Inc. (NYSE: TDOC) announced the launch of myStrength Complete, an integrated mental health service providing personalized, targeted care to consumers in a single, comprehensive experience. The announcement comes as more than half of people with mental health concerns report that they do not know where to start when getting care, highlighting the importance of the digital front door myStrength Complete will provide.

Sharecare named best overall mHealth solution in 2021 MedTech Breakthrough Awards
Sharecare (@SharecareInc), the digital health company that helps people manage all their health in one place, announced its receipt of the 2021 MedTech Breakthrough Award for ‘Best Overall mHealth Solution’ for its comprehensive well-being platform. Now in its fifth year, the MedTech Breakthrough Awards honor the top companies, people, platforms, and products in health, fitness, and medical technology.

MDLIVE Achieves HITRUST CSF® Certification to Manage Risk, Improve Security Posture, and Meet Compliance Requirements
MDLIVE (@MDLIVEInc), an Evernorth company and one of the nation’s telehealth providers, announced that its patient portal, provider portal, and Care Connector portal have earned Certified status by HITRUST.

Health Recovery Solutions (HRS), the KLAS Leader in Remote Patient Monitoring, and Caregility, the KLAS Leader in Virtual Care Platforms, Announce Partnership
Health Recovery Solutions, a provider of telehealth and remote patient monitoring solutions, announced a partnership with Caregility (@caregility), a company dedicated to supporting the delivery of care wherever the patient is located through use of the Caregility Virtual Care Platform.

To Read:

How Telemedicine for Chronic Disease Management is Reducing the Burden on Existing Healthcare Systems by Dr. Leo P. Langlois, Advisor, Arkenea (@Arkenea) – As chronic diseases continue to overwhelm our health system year after year, providers are now looking at ways they can improve their efforts at chronic disease management in a way that the quality of care being delivered is not negatively impacted. Telemedicine has surfaced as a powerful solution on this front, especially amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Applying telehealth and telemedicine to your organization’s goals by AMD Global Telemedicine (@AMDTelemedicine) Blog – Healthcare professionals around the world have met the challenge and developed their own telehealth service. But moving forward, it is important for healthcare executives to define telehealth and telemedicine as they see fit for the success of their organization.

Nine ways Veterans are using telehealth right now by VAntage Point – VA is leading the way in telehealth innovation so Veterans can access care when and where they need it. Telehealth makes it easier for Veterans to connect with their VA care team from the home, clinic, hospital and other convenient locations. Here are nine ways Veterans across the country are using telehealth as part of their VA care plan.

How Telehealth Improves Patient Engagement by Let’s Talk Interactive (@LetsTalkInter) – Did you know that 98% of patients say that they would be interested in telehealth visits, and that 99% of telehealth patients say that they would recommend virtual visits to a friend? That’s a serious success rate, but just why is telehealth so successful? That’s exactly what this blog will discuss. Specifically, how telehealth improves patient engagement by exponentially increasing the access to quick and convenient healthcare visits for your patients.

Solving Access to Specialty Care for Rural Communities by Joel E. Barthelemy, GlobalMed (@globalmed_usa) – According to the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) rural areas have 39.8 physicians per 100,000 people, as opposed to 53.3 physicians per 100,000 in urban areas. Access to specialists is even lower with only 30 specialists per 100,000 residents compared to urban areas that count 263 specialists per 100,000 residents. The good news is that virtual health can dissolve specialty care obstacles in several ways.


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.