Telemedicine News & Updates 9-17-2019

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:

Conversations on Health Care
Conversations on Health Care airs weekdays at 1:00 am, 9:00 am and 5:00 pm ET. On this week’s episode hosts Mark and Margaret celebrate 10 years on the air and their 500th episode with Congressman James Clyburn (D-SC), House Majority Whip and the third ranking Democrat in Congress. He talks about the legacy of the Affordable Care Act in advancing health equity, and the need to strengthen the nation’s community health centers through a national broadband and telehealth initiative to more effectively deploy quality health care to all Americans.

Collaboration News:

American Well Integrates with Epic EHR; Supporting Video Visits in MyChart and in Hyperspace Provider Workflow
National telehealth company American Well® (@AmericanWell) announced a new offering within Epic’s App Orchard. The American Well Telehealth Patient app complements the recently announced American Well Telehealth Clinical app, which supports acute care workflows for provider-provider encounters. The American Well Telehealth Patient app now makes video visits available from directly within MyChart, enabling health systems’ providers to incorporate video as part of care delivery.

OTTO Health Partners with Massachusetts Community Health Center
OTTO Health is excited to announce their recent partnership with Community Health Center of Franklin County (CHCFC), which serves patients in three locations across Western Massachusetts. CHCFC decided it was time to partner with OTTO to offer their patients Virtual Visits, which they hope will “increase patient satisfaction and decrease the number of last-minute cancellations and no-shows,” Sayer explained. They chose OTTO, “because of the integration with Greenway Health’s Intergy product and the small bandwidth requirements.”

30,000 Canadian Businesses to Benefit from Teladoc Telemedicine Services
Teladoc Health (@teladochealth) announced its partnership with Johnston Group, which will see over 30,000 small- to mid-size businesses be the first in Canada to access Teladoc Telemedicine Services. Businesses who are members of the Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan, the number one employee benefits plan for small- to mid-size companies in the country and managed by Johnston Group, will offer their employees in Canada this valuable service, providing 24×7 access to convenient, high-quality medical care regardless of their location across Canada or the U.S.

InTouch Health App Now Available in Epic App Orchard
InTouch Health (@InTouchHealth), ranked 2019 Best in KLAS for Virtual Care Platforms, announced the entry of Solo™ by InTouch, their next-generation software platform, into Epic’s App Orchard. Solo™ by InTouch offers providers unprecedented levels of convenience, ease of use, and mobility. The application makes it possible for providers and care teams to launch and conduct on-demand telehealth visits directly within their existing Epic workflows, including provider and patient-facing applications.

SOC Telemed Reduces Burden of Psychiatric Care Needs at CaroMont Regional Medical Center
SOC Telemed (@SOCTelemed) continued work with North Carolina hospital leads to reduced burden of psychiatric care needs and successful telePsych program in its emergency department (ED). Using SOC’s Telemed IQ platform, the partnership delivers telePsychiatry services to CaroMont Regional Medical Center, the anchor of a regional, independent, not-for-profit health care system and nationally-recognized “value-based” health care provider.

Product News:

WellSpan Health launches 24/7 online urgent care
WellSpan Health (@WellSpan) is now offering a new convenient care option for non-emergency medical conditions through its new WellSpan Online Urgent Care service. The new, 24/7 online service is available to all WellSpan patients and consumers.

Eagle Telemedicine Launches New TeleMaternal Fetal Medicine Program
Eagle Telemedicine (@EagleTelemed) announced that it has begun offering a Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) program via telemedicine―the newest addition to its extensive list of multi-specialty solutions

5 Things to Know About the New Women’s Health Tool: Planned Parenthood’s Direct App
Want birth control or drugs to treat a urinary tract infection but can’t get to a doctor’s office soon enough? Planned Parenthood’s Direct telemedicine app, currently available to roughly half of women living in the United States, including those in the three most populous states — Texas, California, and Florida — will be available to all U.S. women by 2020, the nonprofit announced on September 4 reports Everyday Health.

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Eagle Telemedicine Provides Backup Support When Hurricanes Strike
Eagle Telemedicine announced that its telehospitalists stand ready to support its hospital partners in the path of Hurricane Dorian and throughout hurricane season when other catastrophic storms threaten to disrupt patient care on the East Coast.

New Appointments:

Doctor On Demand Hires Industry Veteran Robin Cherry Glass as President and Chief Commercial Officer
Doctor On Demand (@drondemand), a virtual care provider, announced the expansion of its leadership team with two new hires to help drive the company’s next phase of growth: Robin Cherry Glass, as President and Chief Commercial Officer, and David Deane as Vice President of Business Development.

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.