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:

Lifelight partners with Open Telehealth to realise scalable Population Health Management
Lifelight (@xim_company) and Open Telehealth (@OpenTelehealth_) are excited to announce a partnership which sees Lifelight’s vital signs monitoring embedded into – a comprehensive and robust Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) platform for healthcare professionals which provides remote care for thousands of patients worldwide.

Grand Rounds Health and Doctor On Demand Acquires Included Health
Grand Rounds Health (@grandroundsinc) and Doctor On Demand (@drondemand), an integrated virtual care company, announced they have signed a definitive agreement to acquire Included Health (@IncludedHealth) , the leading comprehensive health platform for the LGBTQ+ community. Together, the companies will improve health outcomes and address health challenges of communities including LGBTQ+ and BIPOC.

Cloud DX and Maxwell Telecare Partner to Bring Round-the-Clock Virtual Care and Vitals Monitoring to Residents of US Long-Term Care Facilities
Cloud DX (@Cloud DX)and Maxwell Telecare are announcing a new partnership to bring round-the-clock virtual care and real-time vital sign monitoring to residents living in long term care (LTC) facilities.

SCP Health Deepens Partnership with SOC Telemed to Power Telemedicine Services
SCP Health (@GrowWithSCP), a national clinical management companies, and SOC Telemed (@SOCTelemed), a national provider of acute care telemedicine, are expanding their partnership to accelerate and strengthen SCP’s capabilities and commitment to delivering telemedicine services across the country.

Let’s Talk Interactive Providing Support for Rural Communities in Need of Telehealth Services and Solutions
For many rural communities, the pandemic has exposed a deficit in the quality and availability of healthcare in the United States. Patients in rural areas often have fewer options when it comes to providers, presenting a significant challenge when it comes to accessibility. Let’s Talk Interactive (@LetsTalkInter), a company offering customizable telehealth solutions and provider of HIPAA-compliant telehealth software and hardware solutions, is helping communities navigate the U.S. Department of Agriculture USDA Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program (DLT).

Let’s Talk Interactive and Soldier on Recognize Telehealth’s Impact on Veteran Mental Health
At Memorial Day, Let’s Talk Interactive, Inc. and Soldier On, a nonprofit organization committed to ending veteran homelessness, are celebrating the impact their telehealth program has had on veterans in just over one year of their partnership.

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

Reliq Health Technologies, Inc. Announces that it has Resumed Onboarding at Remote Health Clinics and Federally Qualified Health Centers as US COVID Cases Drop
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 resumed onboarding with Rural Health Clinics and Federally Qualified Health Centers thanks to the significantly reduced COVID numbers in the US.

Latest News from the FCC:

Promoting Telehealth for Low-Income Consumers
Telehealth has assumed an increasingly critical role in health care delivery, enabling patients to access health care services without needing to visit a health care provider’s physical location. The Commission created the Connected Care Pilot Program (Pilot Program) in April 2020 to evaluate how the Universal Service Fund (USF or Fund) can promote telehealth by supporting the adoption of connected care services among patients and their health care providers. The Commission accepted applications for the Pilot Program from November 6 to December 7, 2020. In January 2021, the Commission announced the selection of an initial set of 14 Pilot Program projects from 23 applications.

Product News:

New App, TeleHome, Connects Hospitalized COVID Patients With Loved Ones Through Virtual Visitations
With a mission of connecting isolated COVID-19 patients to their loved ones, COVID Tech Connect announced the launch of its new, free, HIPAA-compliant, video conferencing app, TeleHome. Created in partnership with veteran telehealth provider, Caregility (@caregility), the free app makes it easy for healthcare professionals and caregivers to assist patients in setting up virtual visitations with family and friends. The app is now available free for download in the Google Play and Apple App Store.

Lytus Technologies Introduces First-of-its-Kind Telemedicine Services to the United States and India Markets
Lytus Technologies Holdings PTV. LTD. (@LytusT), a technology platform services company that offers content streaming/telecasting and telemedicine services with active users and business operations in the United States and India, introduces Lytus Telemedicine, a robust platform of telemedicine/telehealth services that’s one of the premier platforms to actively serve the U.S. and India markets.

Truepill Launches Virtual Primary Care Offering
Truepill (@truepill_rx), the digital health platform powering consumer health experiences through diagnostics, telehealth and pharmacy infrastructure, announced the formal launch of the Virtual Primary Care offering, providing a network of primary care physicians with coverage in all fifty states.

Enghouse Vidyo Achieves ISO 27001 Certification, the Pinnacle of Information Security and Data Protection
Enghouse Vidyo (@vidyo), a division of Enghouse Systems Limited and a provider of embedded real-time video solutions, announced it has earned ISO 27001 Certification, the world’s premier standard in information security.

MDLIVE Launches Expanded Service for Women to Provide New Oral Contraceptive Prescriptions via Telehealth
MDLIVE (@MDLIVEInc), an Evernorth company and one of the nation’s telehealth providers, introduced an expanded service for women to receive new prescriptions for oral contraceptives via its nationwide provider network. The new service is available to women age 18-45 and as a covered benefit for women who have access to MDLIVE medical services through their health plans and employers.

Making the Cut:

Doctor On Demand Named “Best Overall Digital Health Company” in 2021 MedTech Breakthrough Awards Program
Doctor On Demand (@drondemand), a national virtual care provider, announced that it has been selected as the winner of the “Best Overall Digital Health Company” award in the fifth annual MedTech Breakthrough Awards program conducted by MedTech Breakthrough, an independent market intelligence organization that recognizes the top companies, technologies and products in the global health and medical technology market.

To Read:

How Telemedicine for Chronic Disease Management is Reducing the Burden on Existing Healthcare Systems By Dr. Leo P. Langlois, Advisor, Arkenea (@Arkenea) – Chronic disease management continues to be one of the greatest healthcare challenges for providers across the United States. Let us look at a few ways in which telemedicine for chronic disease management holds the potential to reduce the burden on existing health systems and improve outcomes as a whole.

12 Ways Telehealth is Saving Small Hospitals By Joel E. Barthelemy GlobalMed (@globalmed_usa) – Today’s hospitals are under pressure. As community hubs of healthcare, they are tasked with delivering expert medical care across emergency departments, outpatient practices, surgical suites, labs, radiology departments, intensive care units, and more.


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.

Hashtags to follow for updates on Telemedicine:

Upcoming Events


American Telemedicine Association Annual (Virtual) Conference

What: First-Annual Telehealth Awareness Week
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays in June 2021
Where: Virtually
Register here.

The ATA2021 Annual Conference and Expo is taking place virtually each Tuesday and Thursday in June 2021 (11am-2pm EST). ATA2021 will tackle what’s next for telehealth — where the market is headed, federal and state policy priorities, and what it will take to achieve permanent and widespread adoption of telehealth for all individuals, including underserved populations and our most vulnerable patients.

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.