Virtual Healthcare August 2023

How is virtual healthcare used to benefit patients and care givers? What are the newest innovations in virtual care technology? How do telehealth and telemedicine fit into the realm of virtual healthcare? We have our finger on the pulse and are striving to report the latest developments around virtual healthcare.

Industry News

ATA Announces Plans for 3rd Annual Tlehealth Awareness Week, September 17-23, 2023 
The American Telemedicine Association® (@AmericanTelemed) announced that the 3rd annual Telehealth Awareness Week®, taking place September 17-23, 2023, will highlight the value telehealth brings to patients and helps to expand access to quality care, how virtual care is addressing many of the challenges faced by healthcare providers, and its role in building a modern, omnichannel care delivery system. Telehealth Awareness Week will feature a diverse coalition of stakeholders including hospital systems and medical practices, professional associations and patient advocacy leaders, policymakers, telehealth solution providers, and others.

Teladoc Health Reports Second Quarter 2023 Results
Teladoc Health, Inc. (@TeladocHealth), the global leader in whole-person virtual care, reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2023.

FTC and OCR Unite to Safeguard Hospital and Telehealth Data from Online Tracking Threats
The Federal Trade Commission (@FTC) and the Office for Civil Rights of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (@HHSOCR) announced that they had sent a warning letter to about 130 hospital systems and telehealth providers, alerting them about the risks and concerns of using online tracking technologies, such as the Meta/Facebook pixel and Google Analytics, which can track users’ online activities.

Teladoc Health Expands Collaboration in AI with Microsoft to Address Healthcare Workforce Crisis
Teladoc Health (@teladochealth), a company in whole-person virtual care, announced it is furthering its collaboration with Microsoft by working together to integrate Microsoft Azure OpenAI Service, Azure Cognitive Services, and the Nuance Dragon Ambient eXperience™ into the Teladoc Health Solo™ platform.

Insights from Amwell survey reveal how health plans and employers can help close the gap on mental health access
Amwell® (@amwell), a company in hybrid care enablement, released results of a survey that asked employed U.S. adults about their experience seeking behavioral health treatment and how these factors relate to their health plan and employer offerings.

AMD Global Telemedicine and Collain Healthcare Announce Strategic Partnership
AMD Global Telemedicine Inc. (@AMDTelemedicine), a telemedicine technology solutions company, is thrilled to announce a strategic partnership with Collain Healthcare, an electronic health records and data management provider.

Remote Patient Monitoring

MD Revolution Acquires NavCare to Expand Remote Patient Care Management Services
MD Revolution, a provider of remote care management and clinical services has acquired NavCare, a remote patient care services company specializing in comprehensive chronic care management (CCM).

Remote Patient Monitoring Gains Momentum in Cancer Care, but Rural Programs Lag Behind
Remote patient monitoring (RPM) is gaining momentum in academic and community cancer programs. But significant gaps persist in experience with, and implementation of, RPM in rural cancer settings, according to the results of recent surveys conducted by the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) presented at the 2023 annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, in Chicago.

Product News

Amazon adds video telemedicine visits nationwide to its virtual clinic
Amazon is adding video telemedicine visits in all 50 states to a virtual clinic it launched last fall, as the e-commerce giant pushes deeper into care delivery. Amazon said Tuesday that customers can visit its virtual clinic around the clock through Amazon’s website or app. There, they can compare prices and response times before picking a telemedicine provider from several options.

TytoCare’s Home Smart Clinic improves patient outcomes
Virtual healthcare company TytoCare (@TytoCare) is able to reduce the total cost of care for adults by 9% and for all ages by 7% in a large commercial health plan population through the use of its Home Smart Clinic, according to a peer-reviewed study in the Journal of Health Economics.

Policy News

HIPAA Rules for Telehealth Once Again in Effect

Services temporarily eligible to be provided via #telehealth through 2024

To Read

The Unexpected Benefits Of Telehealth, Remote Patient Monitoring In Home-Based Care by Home Health Care News – Senior care leaders are increasingly utilizing telehealth and remote patient monitoring to improve clinical outcomes and create more touchpoints with patients.

The Starter Guide to Telehealth Technology by HIMSS – Telehealth will continue to be the leading technology investment for healthcare organizations well into 2023 and beyond. This is supported by a 2022 U.S. survey that the growing global telemedicine market saw 38% of patients receiving care via telehealth.

To Listen

Our HealthcareNOW Radio Telehealth Playlist
The Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defines telehealth as “the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support and promote long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration.” To learn more and find out about the latest in telehealth tune in to the episodes on this playlist. Additionally, be sure to read HCNR’s Friday Five which recaps the site’s month long concentration on telehealth.

Defining the Industry According to the AAFP

Telemedicine is the practice of medicine using technology to deliver care at a distance. It occurs using a telecommunications infrastructure between a patient (at an originating or spoke site) and a physician or other practitioner licensed to practice medicine (at a distant or hub site).

Virtual Care is a patient service model for healthcare providers.

Telehealth refers to a broad collection of electronic and telecommunications technologies that support health care delivery and services from distant locations. Telehealth technologies support virtual medical, health, and education services.

Hashtags to follow for updates on Telemedicine:
During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, we don’t have to choose between medical care and social distancing. When patients can get health care through telehealth — and doctors can provide it — we protect ourselves and our communities. The website provides information about the latest federal efforts to support and promote telehealth services.

The American Telemedicine Association Events
ATA is a non-profit association based in Washington DC with a membership network of more than 10,000 industry leaders and healthcare professionals. We are a leading telehealth association helping to transform healthcare by improving the quality, equity and affordability of healthcare throughout the world. Find their next event.

Upcoming Events

American Telemedicine Association’s (ATA) 3rd annual Telehealth Awareness Week (@AmericanTelemed)

What: Telehealth Awareness Week
When: September 17-23, 2023
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Save the Date! The American Telemedicine Association’s (ATA) 3rd annual Telehealth Awareness Week™, taking place September 17-23, 2023, will showcase the many ways virtual care improves access to quality healthcare services for all individuals. Explore this site to see highlights from Telehealth Awareness Week 2022.

ATA2024 Annual Conference & Expo

What: ATA2024 Annual Conference & Expo
When: May 5-7, 2024
Where: Phoenix, AZ
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ATA2024 Annual Conference & Expo – Amplify your message, build brand awareness, and connect with industry decision-makers – all gathered for the telehealth event of the year! Create a customized sponsorship and reserve your space on the exhibit floor today!