Telemedicine July 2022

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:

Rhinogram Launches Crowdfunding Campaign with StartEngine
Rhinogram (@rhinogram), a cloud-based, HIPAA-compliant virtual care platform, announced the launch of its crowdfunding investment campaign through StartEngine. This initiative will allow individual investors, at many different levels, to share in Rhinogram’s mission of providing a patient engagement platform that alleviates administrative burden and makes virtual patient care compliant, frictionless and efficient.

Teladoc Health Expands Innovative Whole-Person Primary Care Offering, Primary360
Teladoc Health (@teladochealth), a whole-person virtual care company, announced an expanded set of features available to Primary360 members, this year, designed to further remove barriers to access and increase convenience thru one, seamless, comprehensive primary care experience that meets people where they are. Added services include in-network referrals and care coordination capabilities, free, same-day prescription delivery, provided by Capsule and in-home, on-demand phlebotomy with Scarlet Health®.

Bluestream Health Provides Telehealth Support to PrimaryOne Health and its Medically Underserved Communities
Bluestream Health (@bluestream), a virtual care Platform-as-a-Service, has enabled access to virtual care for PrimaryOne Health’s 11 community healthcare facilities across underserved Central Ohio. Bluestream Health’s telehealth services help provide access to services and care that improve the health status of families, including people experiencing financial, social, or cultural barriers to healthcare.

WorldClinic Earns URAC Telehealth Accreditation
URAC (@URAC), a national health care accreditation and the undisputed leader in telehealth accreditation, announced that WorldClinic successfully achieved URAC Telehealth Accreditation, solidifying the organization’s commitment to the highest quality and outcomes in virtual health care.

Sun Life partners with AbleTo to bring virtual mental health support to members with cancer
Sun Life U.S. (@SunLife) has announced a unique partnership with AbleTo, a virtual behavioral health therapy and coaching program, to offer mental health support services to Sun Life disability and critical illness members receiving benefits due to a cancer diagnosis.

Brightline Closes $10 Million Extended Series C Financing from Northwell Health as Demand for Family Behavioral Health Care Soars
Brightline (@hellobrightline), the category leader in virtual behavioral health care for children, adolescents, and families, announced a $10M investment by Northwell Health (@northwellhealth), New York’s largest healthcare provider, bringing its total Series C funding to $115M. This strategic investment and partnership will create greater access to innovative pediatric mental health services across the New York Metro area at a critical time for families.

Inpatient Telemedicine Innovator Offers New Opportunities for Remote Care and Increased Work-Life Balance for Physicians in 15 Specialties
Eagle Telemedicine (@EagleTelemed), an inpatient telemedicine company, announced an expanded recruiting program to attract physicians across the U.S. in 15 different healthcare specialties. The growing telemedicine provider for health systems and hospitals is promoting opportunities for physicians to provide care, virtually, to more than 350 programs in 32 states.

Profitable Digital Health Platform Healthie Closes on $16M to Enable the Next Generation of Healthcare Delivery
Healthie, (@GetHealthie) an infrastructure platform for digital health companies, announced it has raised $16M in an oversubscribed Series A led by Velvet Sea Ventures with participation from Greymatter Capital, Watershed, Builders VC and a customer syndicate.

Product News:

CloudMD Adds Telemedicine Services for Primary Care Health Navigation to Kii Personalized & Connected Care Offering
CloudMD Software & Services Inc. (@CloudMD_SS) a healthcare technology and innovative health services company transforming the delivery of care, is excited to announce that it has launched a national telemedicine and physical health coaching service as part of its Kii Personalized & Connected Care (“Kii”) offering.

LifeMD Announces Continued and Rapid Expansion of Virtual Primary Care To over 200 Conditions
LifeMD, Inc., a direct-to-patient telehealth company, announced the continued and rapid expansion of its Virtual Primary Care platform.

Policy News:

HHS Issues Guidance on HIPAA and Audio-Only Telehealth
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (@HHSGov), through its Office for Civil Rights (OCR), is issuing guidance on how covered health care providers and health plans can use remote communication technologies to provide audio-only telehealth services when such communications are conducted in a manner that is consistent with the applicable requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules, including when OCR’s Notification of Enforcement Discretion for Telehealth – PDF is no longer in effect.

Introduction to telehealth for HIV care
HHS provides a best practices guide that highlights the needs and procedures for an HIV telehealth program.

To Read:

Inside the big variations in telehealth use among physicians by American Medical Association (@AmerMedicalAssn) – The nation’s doctors are poised to make telehealth a permanent part of their practices—if Congress will let them, according to an AMA survey that identifies trends in telehealth use, barriers to wider adoption and opportunities for improvement.

4 common telehealth challenges and how to overcome them by Witbank News – Telehealth has been embraced by medical practices and patients alike. What are the common challenges and how best can they be dealt with?

Moving Telehealth Out of the Post-COVID Doldrums by Joseph C. Kvedar, MD, Reinventing Healthcare – Every sailor knows of that dreaded spot where the wind dies, the sail goes slack, and the boat starts bobbing back and forth – the doldrums. As I reflect on the ups and downs of telehealth over the past two years, the analogy seems apt to me.


eVisit Virtual Care Platform Shortlisted for Prestigious International SaaS Awards
eVisit @@evisit) has been shortlisted in the 2022 SaaS Awards Healthcare Category as the only Virtual Care/Telehealth SaaS Platform in the healthcare industry this year.

10 of the Best Telemedicine Companies for 2022
Here are Healthline’s picks (healthline) for best telemedicine companies.

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To Listen:

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.

Upcoming Events

ATA2023 Annual Conference & Expo (@AmericanTelemed)

What: ATA2022 Annual Conference & Expo
When: March 5-7, 2023
Where: San Antonio, TX
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The ATA2023 Annual Conference & Expo is the “event of record” in virtual care providing a platform to reach thousands of decision-makers in the telehealth industry around the world. ATA2023 will be covering ALL of the most important issues in telehealth. As you can imagine, ATA is receiving very strong demand given the amplification of Telehealth and Virtual Care. Organizations are already underway selecting their event participation, so don’t delay if you want to join.