Telemedicine News & Updates 8-20-2019

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:

What’s My Tagline
What’s My Tagline airs weekdays at 8:00am, 4:00pm and 12:00 am ET. On this episode, host Carol Flagg’s guest is Erika Grau, Director of Marketing for Rhinogram (@rhinogram) whose HIPAA-compliant telehealth platform enables a better patient experience by making remote healthcare possible, simplifying communication and minimizing office interruptions with real-time, text-based patient engagement.

Collaboration News:

HLTH Partners with ATA to Highlight Telehealth Solutions and Accelerate Adoption of Virtual Care
HLTH (@HLTHEvent), a health innovation conference, announced a new partnership with ATA, the premier organization working to accelerate the adoption of telehealth, to showcase the innovations in virtual care that are changing the way care is delivered.

Panorama Partners with OTTO Health
OTTO Health is excited to announce that one of the nation’s largest orthopedic practices, Panorama Orthopedics & Spine Center, has selected OTTO Health to provide Virtual Visits to orthopedic patients across the Front Range.

SnapMD Partners with Carefluence to Deliver Enterprise-Level Virtual Care Management Telemedicine Platform
SnapMD (@snapmdinc , a full-service enterprise telehealth technology innovator and solutions provider, announced that the company has partnered with Carefluence, a plug-and-play platform for healthcare interoperability and certified open API, to deliver its enterprise-level Virtual Care Management (VCM) telemedicine platform to the healthcare market. Through the strategic partnership, the VCM is now integrated with electronic health records (EHR) software ModuleMD, a process-driven solution developed with workflow distribution methods that enhance usability and overall efficiency of digital documentation.

GE Healthcare Selects InTouch Health to Provide Virtual Communication Capabilities for its Virtual Care Solution: Mural
InTouch Health (@InTouchHealth), a telehealth services company, and GE Healthcare announced an agreement to embed InTouch Health’s virtual communication capabilities within Mural, GE Healthcare’s recently launched virtual care solution. Mural supports various virtual care models by aggregating, synchronizing and displaying application data from multiple sources across care areas.

Financial News

Teladoc Health Reports Second Quarter 2019 Results
Teladoc Health, Inc. (@teladochealth), a virtual care company, reported financial results for the second quarter ending June 30, 2019. Year-over-year Q2 revenue grows 38% to $130.3 million and total visits increase 70% to 908,000. Year-over-year first half revenue grows 41% to $258.8 million and total visits increase 73% to 1,971,000.

To Read:

More rural schools are finding school nurses online through Avera eCare
Argus Leader reports that with a small team at the ready and access to telemedicine, Avera Health is helping more rural school districts than ever before care for students in the Midwest at a time when some school administrators can no longer afford to keep full-time nurses on site. Tytocare (@TytoCare) devices are used as part of Avera’s eCare School Health services.

In State News:

Legislation Passed in Missouri Increases Autonomy for Physician Assistants
Clinical Advisor reports that a new law passed in Missouri will allow physician assistants (PAs) to practice with more autonomy and mirrors the collaboration requirements for PA-physician teams with those for nurse practitioner-physician teams. The enactment of Senate Bill 514 (SB 514) will replace all references of physician “supervision” with “collaboration.” The bill, signed by Governor Michael Parson on July 11, 2019, will make Missouri the 11th state to use a term other than supervision to describe PA practice

Atrium Health Receives $150,000 Grant from Kohl’s to Expand Levine Children’s School-Based Virtual Clinic to Lincoln County
Arium Health reports that Kohl’s has committed $150,000 to expand Atrium Health’s Levine Children’s school-based virtual clinic to two schools in Lincoln County. The virtual clinics, which Levine Children’s originally launched in Cleveland County, will now be offered at G.E. Massey and Battleground Elementary Schools in Lincolnton. The goal of the virtual clinic is to improve access to pediatricians who diagnose and develop a treatment plan while the students remain at school.

New Appointments:

Joe Kvedar, MD, New President-Elect of the ATA
The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) announced the election of Joseph C. Kvedar, MD, as President-Elect. Dr. Kvedar is Vice President of Connected Health at Partners HealthCare, and Professor of Dermatology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Kvedar previously served as President of ATA from 2004-2005, and was a member of the Board of Directors from 2002-2006.

Teladoc Health Names Health Tech Veteran David Sides as Chief Operating Officer
Teladoc Health announced that it has named David Sides as chief operating officer. A former corporate CEO and a longtime Cerner Corporation executive, Sides brings an impressive track record within the health tech sector to oversee the company’s worldwide commercial, technology, and operations teams.

Making the Cut:

SnapMD Completes SOC 2 and HITRUST Examinations of Health Data Security and Controls
SnapMD announced it has successfully completed a meticulous third-party examination of its data security processes and controls under the SOC 2 + HITRUST framework, a significant, two-tiered healthcare technology compliance accomplishment. By achieving SOC 2 and HITRUST compliance, SnapMD demonstrates that third-party auditors have verified its implementation of best practices with respect to data security processes and controls.

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.