Virtual Healthcare February 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.

Product News

Summus Announces Modern Industry-Specific Methodology to Quantify Return on Investment (ROI) of Virtual Specialty Care Services
Summus (@SummusGlobal), a virtual specialty care provider, unveiled an industry-first, proprietary methodology to quantify the return on investment (ROI) for organizations using virtual specialty care services.

GALE Telemedicine eClinics Helping Refugees
19Labs (@19_labs) partner customizes the GALE Telemedicine platform to deliver an end-to-end solution for refugees in Lebanon & the Middle East.

Teladoc Health Launches Fully Integrated Whole-Person Care Experience with New App
Teladoc Health (@teladochealth), a global provider of whole-person virtual care, announced the launch of a fully integrated health care experience through a new comprehensive digital application enabling personalized whole-person care to individuals.

Remote Patient Monitoring

Aluna and ModuleMD Partner to Bring 24/7 Remote Patient Monitoring to Practices and Respiratory Patients
Aluna (@alunacare), a connected care platform and at-home spirometer, announced a partnership with ModuleMD, ONC Certified EHR, practice management and EHR SaaS solution for allergists and pulmonologists, to improve patient and provider access to the latest technology in lung health.

Beacon Health System to Leverage Biofourmis Solution for Post-Discharge Remote Patient Monitoring Program 
Biofourmis (@biofourmis), a global technology-enabled care delivery provider, announced an agreement with Beacon Health System in South Bend, Ind., for a multi-hospital post-discharge remote patient monitoring (RPM) program for complex chronic conditions to reduce readmissions, expand care access across the region, and improve clinical outcomes.

Cloud DX Clients Expand Contracts in Response to 50%-200% Growth in Remote Monitoring Programs
Cloud DX (@CloudDX), a health data platform, announces expansion contracts with two existing clients, adding additional vital sign devices and software services to each remote patient monitoring (RPM) program.

Zane Networks and Smart Meter to Support Healthcare Organizations in US Virgin Islands with Telehealth/Remote Patient Monitoring Network
Zane Networks, a company providing healthcare transformation services and a certified Management Service Organization (MSO), and Smart Meter (@SmartMeterRPM), a supplier of Remote Patient Monitoring (“RPM”) solutions to a nationwide network of SmartPartners™, announced their collaboration to bring an integrated telehealth/RPM network to healthcare providers within the US Virgin Islands.

Industry News

WellSpan Health Selects Epic-based KeyCare Platform for 24 X 7 Virtual Care
KeyCare, the nation’s only Epic-based virtual care platform, announced that WellSpan Health is the latest health system to partner with KeyCare to provide patients a high-quality virtual care experience with licensed providers.

Policy News

ATA and ATA Action Call for Certainty, Plan for Remote Prescribing Following Public Health Emergency
The American Telemedicine Association (@AmericanTelemed) and ATA Action issued a statement, following reports that President Biden will end the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency on May 11.

ATA and ATA ACTION Applaud Congress and the Administration, Renew Commitment to Seeking Permanency for Telehealth Services
The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) and ATA Action issued a statement, following the official two-year extension for telehealth provisions included in the omnibus bill ratified into law by President Biden on December 29.

To Read

Telemedicine is the Prescription for What Ails Rural Healthcare by Access Telecare – The pressures on rural hospitals are certainly immense, and their financial vulnerabilities are significant. But telemedicine can help. Telemedicine isn’t a panacea, but it can be an effective treatment for what ails rural health care.

Reduce Provider Burnout with Telehealth by Let’s Talk Interactive (@LetsTalkInter) – A study at the University of Minnesota found that the number of doctors leaving their jobs has increased to four times the number leaving before the pandemic. Luckily, there are many aspects of telehealth that can benefit physicians and help reduce burnout.

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

ATA2023 Annual Conference & Expo (@AmericanTelemed)

What: ATA2023 Annual Conference & Expo
When: March 4-6, 2023
Where: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center – San Antonio, Texas
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Join like-minded and motivated stakeholders and decision-makers at ATA2023 to talk telehealth. This is not a healthcare conference dabbling in virtual care. ATA2023 is the telehealth conference that puts telehealth in its place – within a hybrid care delivery model. Whether you are new to the telehealth field or a veteran virtual care stakeholder, you can build an immersive program, from visionary keynotes, thought provoking fireside chats with c-suite leaders, and interactive sessions to advance your knowledge, fuel your inspiration and support your organization’s telehealth business.