Telemedicine News & Updates 7-23-2019

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:

The Tate Chronicles
The Tate Chronicles airs weekdays at 3:30 am, 11:30 am, and 7:30 pm ET. On this episode, host Jim Tate’s guests are Santosh Bhavani and Amit Mehta, MD, co-founders of MedNetwork, a full service platform provider for telemedicine on the blockchain. Their platform permits and supports the transfer, transmission, storage, interpretation, second opinion, and evaluation by artificial intelligence of medical data and medical images.

Collaboration News:

Vidyo, Inc. and Cloudbreak Health, LLC Announce Partnership to Enable U.S. Health Systems to Deliver Better Virtual Care
Vidyo, Inc. (@vidyo) a company offering embedded video technology, and Cloudbreak Health, LLC, a provider of unified telemedicine solutions, announced a strategic agreement to jointly market the Vidyo telemedicine user experience with the award winning MARTTI (My Accessible Real-Time Trusted Interpreter) Video Medical Interpreting service.

Product News

SnapMD Releases Virtual Care Mobile App 2.0 with Embeddable Telehealth Experience and Customizable Intake Forms
SnapMD (@snapmdinc), a full-service enterprise telehealth technology innovator and solutions provider, announced the rollout of its Virtual Care mobile app 2.0 for both iOS and Android devices. This newest release has been completely rebuilt from the ground up on an entirely new foundation. Additional upgrades to the multi-language app include a new software development kit (SDK) for an embeddable telehealth experience, customizable intake forms, enhanced video encounter functionality, and expanded branding options for a significantly improved user experience while accessing SnapMD’s mobile Virtual Care Management (VCM) telehealth platform.

To Read:

A Spike in Physician Telemedicine Interest Indicates a Surge in Virtual Care
Business Insider reports that the number of US physicians engaging with telemedicine job postings has spiked substantially, which could portend growth in the supply of telemedicine practitioners and overall telemedicine utilization. Between 2015 and 2018, the number of physicians on Doximity — a “LinkedIn” for doctors — who self-reported telemedicine as a skill doubled, increasing 20% annually, per a new report from online medical network service Doximity.

Is forced telemedicine the future of healthcare?
Daily Republic reports that by making visits free to the patient and throwing in most common lab work and prescriptions for $5 while making in-person doctor visits comparatively pricey for consumers, Humana, and other insurers, is hoping to compel sick people to consult teledocs.

In State News:

Montana Health Clinic Receives Federal Grant To Expand Telemedicine Addiction Treatment
Montana Public Radio reports that for the first time ever, federal Farm Bill grants for medicine are being aimed at treating opiod addiction. $188 thousand for that is heading to the Bighorn Valley Health Center in Southeast Montana. The clinic plans to use the grant to launch a telemedicine program for rural Montanas struggling with opioid abuse.

ND Therapists Use Telehealth to Connect With Traumatized Children
mHealth Intelligence reports behavioral health providers in North Dakota are using telehealth to work with children who have been victims of physical or sexual abuse or neglect.

Virtual Visits with CVS’ MinuteClinic Arrive in Texas
D CEO Healthcare reports CVS Heath’s MinuteClinic has arrived in Texas. Patients can use their mobile device or computer to see a provider at any time for minor illnesses, injuries, skin conditions and other needs through virtual visits.

New Appointments:

American Well Appoints New Executive to Lead Public Sector Growth
American Well (@americanwell), a national telehealth provider, announced that W.B. “Mitch” Mitchell will join its leadership team as Group Vice President of Government Solutions. Mitchell brings with him over 25 years of healthcare industry experience with a specific focus on working with government agencies and departments on digital health strategy and modernization efforts.

Teladoc Health Names Mala Murthy as Chief Financial Officer
Teladoc Health (@teladochealth), a virtual care provider, announced that it has named seasoned financial leader Mala Murthy as chief financial officer. Joining most recently from American Express, Murthy brings an accomplished track record of success across a diverse set of leading public companies and industries.

Making the Cut:

Eagle Telemedicine’s Jayne Lee, MD, Receives InTouch Health Founder’s Award for 2019
Eagle Telemedicine announced that its Chief Medical Officer, Jayne Lee, MD, received the Founder’s Award for Telehealth Excellence at InTouch Health’s 13th Telehealth Innovation Forum in Santa Barbara, Calif.


Upcoming Events:

VSee Telehealth Secrets Conference 2019
What: Telehealth Secrets 2019: Hidden Growth Markets. Breaking Tech. Happy Providers.
When: October 2-4, 2019
Where: Silicon Valley, CA
Twitter: @VSee

Telehealth Secrets 2019: Hidden Growth Markets. Breaking Tech. Happy Providers. – Stay on top of exploding telehealth markets. Find the right partners to make a true impact on healthcare. Reimagine every aspect of healthcare in a globally connected smart world — Early Bird Registrations ends July 1st.

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.