Telemedicine News & Updates 11-14-2018

New Mobile Assessment Saves Brain Cells During Stroke
A new telemedicine initiative through Mayo Clinic’s (@MayoClinic) Center for Connected Care gives physicians at Mayo’s Comprehensive Stroke Center the ability to conduct real-time assessments of stroke patients prior to their arrival at the hospital. Mayo experts say the assessment means faster access to crucial stroke treatment.

Ochsner Health System Launches Ochsner Anywhere Care, Powered by American Well
Ochsner Health System announced the launch of Ochsner Anywhere Care, a consumer-facing virtual visit platform for urgent care visits. In partnership with telehealth platform, American Well (@AmericanWell), Louisianans can now connect with board-certified primary care providers for secure, live, on-demand video visits.

Delivering Virtual Pediatric Care Across State Lines: Regulatory Barriers and Opportunities
According to Nemours and Crowell Moring, today’s tech savvy parents are comfortable with digital health care solutions that are available 24 hours per day on their mobile phones, as they provide experiences that are similar to virtually any other products or services outside of health care. Yet too often today, their experience with the health care industry does not meet their expectations for digital access, efficiency and convenience.

Winona Health Selects SmartExam™ to Step into the Future of Healthcare (@bright_health) and Minnesota-based Winona Health are partnering to provide telehealth services through’s asynchronous virtual care solution, SmartExam. Winona Health, which has been named one of the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals for two consecutive years, has begun the move to value-based contracts. It needed a partner that can help it succeed as it focuses on community wellness, ensuring that patients can conveniently access care and that Winona Health can deliver it cost effectively.

DocVilla – Connecting Patients and Doctors – Best Telemedicine Platform in the App Store
PS3G, Inc. (@ps3gincrecently released DocVilla for iOS and Android app store. DocVilla is a HIPAA compliant, secure platform to connect the patients and the doctors through telemedicine and video conferencing. Patients can select the state licensed doctor, schedule an appointment for video call and select the pharmacy where the prescription needs to be delivered. The patient is charged only when the doctor completes the consult.

Nurx Adds Former United States Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA to its Board of Directors
Nurx (@nurxapp), a consumer health company offering easy online access to physicians and seamless delivery of medications, announced Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA will join the telemedicine company’s board of directors. With Dr. Benjamin’s strong commitment to prevention she will advise the company on public health and population health issues.

HelloMD Expands White-label Telehealth Services for Licensed Producers and Clinics to Better Serve the Medical Cannabis Market
HelloMD (@HelloMD_com), an online cannabis telehealth company, recently announced expansion of its white-label services for Licensed Producers and brick-and-mortar clinics, to better serve the Canadian medical cannabis market. The company’s white-labeled patient consult and support services offer Licensed Producers and brick-and-mortar cannabis clinics an opportunity to rapidly expand their patient populations while adding online solutions to better serve the fast growing wellness-oriented cannabis consumer segment.

Jefferson and Teladoc Introduce First Telehealth Fellowship
Teladoc Health (@teladochealth), the global provider of virtual care, unveiled a partnership with Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) to create the industry’s first academic fellowship program in the field of telehealth. Having launched for the fall 2018 semester at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, the fellowship formalizes a training and education program to advance the field of telehealth by creating a specialized curriculum for those pursuing a career in telehealth.

Empower Clinics to Launch Telemedicine Platform for Medical Cannabis, Wellness Treatment
Empower Clinics Inc. (@empowerclinics), an owner and operator of medical cannabis and wellness clinics in the US, announced that it is nearing completion of a telemedicine platform that will enable interested patients worldwide to connect with its specialized medical doctors.

Porchlight VNA/Home Care Adopts HRS Telehealth to Improve Patient Outcomes
Porchlight VNA/Home Care (@porchlightVNAHChas adopted telehealth software from Health Recovery Solutions (@healthrecovery1) to reduce re-hospitalizations and enhance disease management for high risk patients. Porchlight VNA/Home Care plans to utilize the HRS software to augment care for patients who are at risk for hospital readmissions and emergency department visits, primarily patients with CHF and COPD. The team at Porchlight VNA/Home Care made the decision to partner with HRS due to the state-of-the-art technology that can improve clinical workflows and subsequently result in better patient outcomes.

The Tate Chronicles – Chairman and CEO of HealthSapiens, Karim Babay
On this episode Jim Tate’s guest is Karim Babay, the Chairman and CEO of HealthSapiens (@healthsapiens), a nationwide healthcare provider that delivers on-demand access to healthcare anytime, anywhere, via mobile devices, the internet, video and phone.

Upcoming Events:

HRSA Telehealth Twitter Chat
What: HRSA Telehealth Twitter Chat
When: Thursday November 15,  2018
Twitter: @HRSAgov
Hashtag: #TalkTelehealth

HRSA Telehealth Twitter Chat – On Thursday, November 15, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is celebrating National Rural Health Day to honor those serving the health needs of over 60 million in rural communities across the nation. HRSA is hosting a Twitter chat focusing on telehealth and how technology can help the primary health workforce in rural areas improve quality and accessibility of care. Join subject matter experts, grantees, and key federal and non-federal partners to #Talktelehealth. Follow them on Twitter and join their Twitter chat on November 15 at 2 pm ET.

ATA2019 Annual Conference and Expo
What: ATA019 Annual Conference and Expo
When: April 14-16, 2019
Where: New Orleans, LA
Hashtag: #ATA19

ATA2019 Annual Conference and Expo – At ATA2019, healthcare professionals and leaders from an array of healthcare and technology sectors unite as one, cohesive community. Attendees learn, innovate, network, and return to their organizations with actionable insights, long-lasting connections, and an enhanced appreciation of telehealth—and how it transforms the way we deliver healthcare.

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.