Telemedicine News & Updates 10-15-2019

In this monthly series we are seeking out the latest developments around Telemedcine. How is telemedicine used to benefit patients and care givers? What are the newest innovations in telemedicine technology?  How does telemedicine fit into the realm of virtual care?  For virtual care industry news and information, read our regular reporting on Virtual Care on Health Data Answers.

Hashtags to follow for updates on telemedicine:


To Listen:

Talkin’ Telehealth, HealthcareNOW Radio’s Newest Addition
Tune in to hear Kathy Ford and Erika Grau Talkin’ Telehealth as they examines how telehealth can simplify communication, improve office workflow and most importantly, drive better patient care. In their debut episode they take on the topics of physician shortage and access to care, consumerism, and reimbursement. Talkin’ Telehealth is sponsored by Rhinogram, a provider of cloud-based, HIPAA-compliant telehealth solutions. The show airs weekdays at 3:00 am, 11:00 am & 7:00 pm ET.

Collaboration News:

Rhinogram Partners with Athenahealth’s Marketplace Program to Make Virtual Care Simple, Efficient, and Secure
Speaking of Rhinogram (@rhinogram), the company recently announced a partnership with athenahealth, Inc. through athenahealth’s Marketplace program. As part of the athenahealth® Marketplace, this newly integrated application is now available to athenahealth’s growing network of 160,000 healthcare providers to enable a better patient experience by making remote healthcare possible through secure, text-based patient engagement while simplifying communication and minimizing office interruptions. Rhinogram enables real-time virtual encounters without patients ever having to download an app.

InTouch Health and NTT DATA Strengthen Partnership To Advance Virtual Care
InTouch Health (@InTouchHealth), ranked 2019 Best in KLAS for Virtual Care Platforms, and NTT DATA Services, a global technology services provider, have expanded their partnership to accelerate the delivery of virtual care solutions that enable healthcare providers to improve patient care, access, costs, and the patient and provider experience.

Doctor On Demand Partners with Walmart to Deliver Virtual Primary Care
Doctor on Demand (@drondemand) is proud to partner with Walmart to bring their associates accessible, quality medical and behavioral health care for just $4 a visit. In our newest program, we’ll expand those benefits to include preventive health, chronic care management, urgent care, and behavioral health for associates. Come 2020, Walmart associates in Colorado, Minnesota, and Wisconsin will be able to select their own Doctor On Demand Virtual Primary Care physician, and be supported by a care team.

Financial News:

Parsley Health Launches New Digital Services on Tail of $26M in Series B Raise
Parsley Health (@parsley_health), a provider of holistic personalized medicine designed to reverse chronic illness and optimize health, announced the launch of two new telemedicine services and a round of Series B funding today. Since Parsley Health’s Series A in April of 2018, the company has raised an additional $26M in new funding.

Teladoc Health to Announce Third-Quarter 2019 Financial Results
Teladoc Health, Inc. (@teladochealth), a HIPAA-compliant telehealth communications provider, announced that it will release third-quarter 2019 results on Wednesday, October 30th, 2019, after the market closes. In conjunction, the company will host a conference call to review results at 4:30 p.m. E.T. on the same day.

Product News:

New UnitedHealthcare App Now Gives Millions of Plan Participants On-Demand Access to Virtual Visits
Millions of Americans now have access to on-demand telemedicine services 24/7 with the new UnitedHealthcare app. The UnitedHealthcare (@uhc) app provides health information for people on the go, offering plan participants a single source to help maintain and improve their well-being, access care and make the most of their health benefits. Eligible plan participants can now use the app to directly schedule and conduct a Virtual Visit with a doctor, helping eliminate the need for multiple sign-ins or to download a separate app.

SOC Telemed Launches Revenue Cycle Management Service Offering
SOC Telemed (@SOCTelemed) announced the completion of the beta testing and pilot stages for its revenue cycle management offering. In use since January, the innovative program is currently in place at strategic partner hospitals around the country and transitions the responsibility of billing for telemedicine services and associated financial liability from the hospital, directly to SOC.

To Read:

These Telemedicine Doctors are Getting Licenses in all 50 States to Treat Patients in Most Remote Areas
Blake McKinney is a doctor with medical licenses in 49 states and a 50th likely on the way. That would put him into a small but growing group of physicians who see a big future online reports CNBC.

Jill Angelo: Founder of Telemedicine Platform, Genneve
425 Magazine interviews Jill Angelo, founder of Genneve (@Mygenneve), a rapidly growing digital platform that supports women in midlife, all around the world.

CVS Rolls out Telehealth Service in Six New States
The Chain Store Age reports that the CVS Health MinuteClinic retail medical clinic is providing video visits to more consumers. MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics located at CVS stores in Michigan, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Oregon, and Washington now offer care for minor illnesses, minor injuries and skin through video visits. This telehealth service provides customers 2 and older with access to care 24 hours a day, seven days a week from their mobile device or computer, including via the CVS Pharmacy app.

Making the Cut:

Fruit Street Telehealth Platform Selected for Clinical Trial to Reduce Cognitive Decline andDementia Risk
Fruit Street Health, a digital health and telemedicine company, announced that its platform has been selected by a research team at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), an affiliate of Harvard Medical School and a founding member of Partners HealthCare, to study different ways to improve brain healthy behaviors in individuals at risk for cognitive decline and dementia.

Upcoming Events:

ATA2020 Annual Conference and Expo
What: ATA2020 Annual Conference and Expo
When: May 3 – 5, 2020
Where: Phoenix, AZ
Hashtag: #ATA20

ATA2020 Annual Conference and Expo – Get a head start on next year’s conference It’s never too early to start planning. Register now.


CMS Covered Telehealth Services
You can download the list of services payable under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule when furnished via telehealth on the CMS website.

Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP)
The Center for Connected Health Policy (@CCHPCA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to maximize telehealth’s ability to improve health outcomes, care delivery, and cost effectiveness. Follow CCHP for the latest in telehealth policy and news.