Telemedicine December 2022

How is telemedicine used to benefit patients and care givers? What are the newest innovations in telemedicine technology? How do telehealth and virtual care fit into the realm of Telemedicine? We have our finger on the pulse and are striving to report the latest developments around telemedicine.

Industry News

Redox and Let’s Talk Interactive Partner to Expand Access to Healthcare
Redox (@Redox), the company setting the stage for composable healthcare, has partnered with Let’s Talk Interactive, a technology company that develops virtual care solutions to make healthcare more accessible.

Baptist Health Partners with TytoCare to Enhance Virtual Care with Clinic-Quality Remote Physical Examinations
TytoCare (@TytoCare), a virtual care company enabling accessible, high-quality primary care from home, is announcing a partnership with Baptist Health, a full-spectrum health system serving Kentucky and Indiana.

Kopin Corporation Announces Joint Technology Solution with OPTAC-X and RealWear to Provide Advanced Display Module for Telehealth System
Kopin Corporation (@kopin), a developer and provider of high-resolution micro-displays and advanced optics for wearable headset products, announced a joint technology solution with OPTAC-X (@OPTAC_X), a telehealth company, and RealWear, a provider of hands-free, assisted reality, rugged wearable headsets.

Omada Health is the First Virtual Care Company to Join the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Leadership Alliance
Omada Health (@omadahealth), a virtual, integrated chronic care provider, joined the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Leadership Alliance as its first virtual health member.

Iris Telehealth Earns Joint Commission Behavioral Health Care Recertification
Iris Telehealth (@iristelehealth), a provider of telepsychiatry services for health systems and community health centers across the U.S., announced that it has been recertified with the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Behavioral Health Care.

Making the Cut, Milestones, Accolades, Awards and More

Summus Named to the 2022 CB Insights’ Digital Health 150 List
CB Insights named Summus (@SummusGlobal) a virtual specialist platform, to its fourth-annual Digital Health 150, showcasing the 150 most promising private digital health companies of 2022.

Inc. Names TimelyMD ‘Best in Business’ for Mental Health Advocacy
TimelyMD ( @TimelyMD), a virtual health and well-being solution for college and university students, has been named to the Inc. 2022 Best in Business list for Mental Health Advocacy.

Remote Patient Monitoring

Promising Remote Patient Monitoring Solution, Polso™, Achieves 1st FDA Clearance
ChroniSense Medical Ltd. took a step towards its vision of transforming chronic care management with Polso™, the company’s Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) solution, achieving 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Product News

Amazon plans new virtual care offering based on messaging
Amazon is stepping back into virtual care with a new service that uses secure messaging to connect patients with doctors for help with nearly two dozen conditions. The retail giant said it will launch “Amazon Clinic” in 32 states to provide medication refills and care for conditions like allergies, erectile disfunction, hair loss, migraines and urinary tract infections.

Brightside Health Introduces Crisis Care to Combat Suicide Epidemic
In response to the mental health epidemic, Brightside Health (@withbrightside) announced Crisis Care, a first-of-its-kind national telehealth program for treating individuals with elevated suicide risk. Brightside Health delivers life-changing mental health care to individuals with mild-to-severe clinical depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders.

Policy News

American Workers Face ‘Telehealth Cliff’ if Congress Does Not Act Swiftly, Says ATA
With just 30 days left before the expiration of temporary provisions put in place under the COVID-19 public health emergency to allow employers the flexibility to offer telehealth services outside the deductible to employees with High Deductible Health Plans with Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), the American Telemedicine Association (@AmericanTelemed) and ATA Action made a statement.

To Read

Telemedicine: This Is Just The Beginning by Forbes- As chief clinical innovation officer and a physician, I’ve watched telemedicine technology come into its own. Many pieces have been around for years—there was telemedicine technology in hospitals 15 years ago—but bringing everything together to replicate an in-person process proved to be a somewhat tricky problem.

To Listen

Our 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.

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:
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.