Telemedicine use is growing among health care professionals according to a recent Aeris survey. The majority of more than 150 health care professionals say telemedicine is now a high priority for their organizations and is already providing a measurable return on investment (ROI). It seems that most (84 percent) have faith in the technology industry and believe that it has evolved well enough to produce telemedicine devices capable of delivering similar outcomes for patients treated at a hospital, clinic, or a doctor’s office. While much of the consensus was in favor of telemedicine, it is clear that most practices have a long way to go. Of the respondents, 32 percent had already deployed a telemedicine solution for their health care organization, while 17 percent were in the process of deploying one. Read up on the latest news around the country below.
In Business News
Largest Telehealth Provider Moves to Cloud with Five9 Virtual Contact Center
Five9, Inc. (@Five9), a leading provider of cloud software for the enterprise contact center market, recently announced that the largest technology healthcare service provider in the US has selected the Five9 Virtual Contact Center (VCC) to support on-demand healthcare from a network of more than 3,000 board-certified, state-licensed physicians reports Business Wire (@BusinessWire). This customer is expected to generate over $1.2 million in annual recurring revenue for Five9.
WeCounsel Secures $3.5 million Series A Funding
WeCounsel Solutions, LLC (@WeCounsel), a Chattanooga-based telemedicine software company, recently announced the close of its Series A equity funding of $3.5 million. A group of healthcare and technology funds led by Longmeadow Capital Partners, Point Judith Capital and CVH Holdings are co-investing in the company to accelerate growth, continue to enhance the product offering and augment business development initiatives.
In State News
Telemedicine Program Will Extend Parkinson’s Care Throughout NYS
A new program launched by neurologists at UR Medicine will expand access to care and serve as a national model for the management of Parkinson’s disease and other chronic illnesses. The Parkinson’s Disease Care, New York (PDCNY) program will be a largely virtual network providing free care to as many as 500 underserved patients across New York State.
American Well, Cleveland Clinic, and CVS Partner
American Well (@AmericanWell) recently announced a new collaboration in which its telehealth services will connect Cleveland Clinic (@ClevelandClinic) providers with CVS MinuteClinic (@CVSMinuteClinic) customers in Ohio for online and mobile doctor visits. The new telehealth service is made possible through American Well’s ongoing collaboration with CVS Health and its partnership with Cleveland Clinic. The collaboration is an industry-first and seeks to service customers in Ohio as well as West Virginia.
West Virginia’s New Telemedicine Practice Standards & Remote Prescribing Laws
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (D) of West Virginia recently signed into law a new bill implementing a variety of telemedicine practice standards and remote prescribing rules in the Mountain State. The bill which passed the House and Senate unanimously, reflecting strong bi-partisan support, becomes effective June 11, 2016. Telemedicine companies and healthcare providers looking to offer telemedicine services in West Virginia should review the new statute and adjust their policies and processes accordingly.
Connecticut Medicaid first in nation to approve reimbursement for eConsult Telehealth Solution
Business Wire reports that Safety Net Connect (SNC), a leading provider of innovative web-based care coordination solutions, recently announced that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) have approved payment by Medicaid to federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) in Connecticut for electronic consultations (eConsults) with medical specialists. SNC’s proprietary eConsult platform is utilized by Community Health Center, Inc. (CHC) to provide increased access to expert care for the state’s medically underserved population.
American Telemedicine Association announces ATA 2016, the world’s largest and most comprehensive conference focused on telemedicine, digital, connected and mobile health. ATA 2016 will take place May 14-17 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Register as a group of as little as five and save with the Group Discount rate! Don’t miss this opportunity to join thousands of your peers at the premier forum for healthcare professionals and entrepreneurs in the telemedicine, telehealth and mHealth space. Check out the conference programs and keynotes at a glance.
— American Telemed (@AmericanTelemed) April 20, 2016
[tweet_dis excerpt=”Don’t miss #TTSPS2016 – SPS #Telemedicine #Telehealth Showcase 6/21-22 in downtown Phoenix”]Tweet This[/tweet_dis] – This year’s Telemedicine & Telehealth Service Provider Showcase (SPS) Conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency Downtown from June 21-22 in Phoenix, AZ. “SPS is about bringing better healthcare to patients, communities, and populations; improving outcomes; and reducing costs. It is about helping hospitals and healthcare systems to thrive through partnerships with telemedicine providers.” The SPS Conference will be packed with sessions and panels featuring nationally known experts and thought leaders in the fields of telemedicine and telehealth services, legal and regulatory issues, and business. Preview the schedule and register now!