Telemedicine News & Updates 9-15-2016

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The popularity of telehealth services continues to grow throughout healthcare. Physicians are incorporating telemedicine into their daily routines and using it to benefit both their practice and their patients. Slowly but surely telemedicine is expanding into many areas and specialties of healthcare. From telecardiology to telepsychiatry, physicians are exploring the use of telehealth for video consultations, data sharing or remote monitoring. LiveClinic (@liveClinicInc) has created a list of the Top 10 Telehealth Specialties and Services being offered by physicians today.


In State News
Telemedicine – The Pulse of Texans
The Texas Association of Business (@txbiz) surveyed Texas voters and over 100 of its member businesses to find out what their viewpoints were on telemedicine and healthcare. The results showed that Texans want many of the things that telemedicine can offer. They want innovation to help speed access to care and they want options when it comes to receiving care. They also want costs to be reasonable and they want to use technology whenever possible. Business owners want to be able to offer all of these things in their employee benefits packages.

Telemedicine Helps Rural N.Y. Children See Doctors From Larger Cities
If you live in a rural area and have a sick child who needs the care of a specialist, chances are you may have to travel far and wide to see that specialist. Bassett Healthcare Network’s School-Based Health Program hopes to change all of that for children and their families in three rural New York counties. With the federal grant of $297,419 a year for up to four years, 18 school-based health centers in Delaware, Otsego and Chenango counties plan to add telehealth services in order to link patients with the medical care they need through video conferencing.

Telemedicine Transforms In-School Care for Rural Tennessee
The Sevier County Schools and Cherokee Health System were tasked with the challenge of providing high-quality in-school healthcare services to the largest rural district in Tennessee. With the help of AMD Global Telemedicine’s (@AMDTelemedicine) technology, remote patient exams allowed them to treat students immediately in place, for a number of conditions including potentially contagious diseases.
“Having access to providers through the use of telemedicine technology not only keeps students in school, but in some instances represents access to high-quality care that is otherwise difficult to come by in rural Tennessee,” commented Julia Pearce, Regional Vice President of Cherokee Health Systems.

The Digital Doctor is in at Two Competing Tampa Hospitals
BayCare Health System in Clearwater is introducing its first digital doctor visitation service, BayCare Anywhere. This past March, Tampa General Hospital began a program called TGH Virtual Care. Both BayCare and Tampa General are using a telehealth platform and services from telehealth vendor American Well (@AmericanWell). “Through BayCare Anywhere, a patient has the ability right at their fingertips to see and talk to a doctor,” says BayCare chief medical informatics officer Greg Hindahl “We’re giving patients what they want and need–more convenient access to quality care so they can recover and get back to their daily activities.”

Salesforce Unveils Telehealth Solution for Salesforce Health Cloud, Enabling Two-Way Video to Drive Deeper Patient Engagement
The Customer Success Platform, Salesforce (@salesforce), announced a telehealth solution for Salesforce Health Cloud, enabling two-way video chat that gives patients the ability to connect face-to-face with their care teams from any mobile device. Caregivers currently use Health Cloud to get a complete view of their patients, manage their care holistically and engage with them in new ways. Now, with two-way video chat for Health Cloud — powered by Salesforce SOS — providers can deliver more timely, convenient and contextual care, increasing overall patient satisfaction.

Specialists On Call, Inc. Raises $50 Million in Capital
Through a combination of equity and a credit facility from CRG, a healthcare-focused investment firm, Specialists On Call, Inc. (@SOCTelemed) raised $50 million in new capital.  Specialists On Call, Inc., a provider of clinical telemedicine services to acute care hospitals, intends to use the funds to accelerate its growth and actively pursue strategic acquisition opportunities.

Save the Date
ATA Fall Forum – September 28 – 30
“Join us in New Orleans this September for ATA Fall Forum! This multi-billion dollar industry is poised to explode, as technology, reimbursement, momentum at the state level, and international expansion are all fueling new ways to deliver cost-effective care with high-quality results.” Keynote speakers feature locals James Carville and Mary Matalin and space is limited so register today! [tweet_dis excerpt=”Join @AmericanTelemed in NOLA 9/28-30 for #ATAFallForum – The Dynamic Future of #Telehealth”]Tweet This[/tweet_dis]

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.