Virtual Healthcare February 2024

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

WellSpan Health Expands Relationship with Epic-based KeyCare Platform to Offer Virtual Primary Care and Behavioral Healthcare
KeyCare, the nation’s first Epic-based virtual care company, announced that WellSpan Health has become their inaugural partner in expanding into virtual primary care and behavioral health services.

CLOUD DX Signs Partnership Agreement with Sanrai International
CLOUD DX, a North American provider of virtual care and remote patient monitoring platforms, is pleased to announce a new Partnership Agreement with New York-based Sanrai International.

Teladoc Health highlights progress in advancing care access, sustainability in new report
Teladoc Health, a global company in whole-person virtual care, published its fourth annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report. The latest report highlights the organization’s growing positive impact on communities around the globe—from expanding access to equitable care and advancing health equity, to further reducing packaging materials to support sustainability goals.

GlobalMed® Joins Forces to Bring Cutting-Edge Virtual Healthcare to U.S. Service Members in Europe
GlobalMed is proud to participate in Bestica’s recently awarded contract to deliver innovative virtual healthcare services to U.S. service members stationed in Europe. This exciting initiative, spearheaded by the Virtual Medical Center Europe (VMCE) in Landstuhl, Germany, is a significant step forward in providing remote healthcare access to active-duty personnel, their families, and other government workers across the continent.

Amazon’S Sarah-LLoyd Stevenson Named Chair of the ATA Policy Council, Adds Seven New Members
With telehealth policy decisions looming by the end of 2024, as Congress and the Biden Administration determine the future of access to vital virtual care services in the U.S., the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) is pleased to announce that Sarah-Lloyd Stevenson, MPH, a senior manager within Public Policy at Amazon, has been named the new chair of the ATA Policy Council. The ATA also announced seven new members joined the council.

Remote Patient Monitoring

RevUp remote patient monitoring technology cuts hospital readmission by 50%
A study sponsored by digital health provider MD Revolution has found that remote patient monitoring systems can be used to cut 30-day cardiovascular readmissions by half.

Product News

Eagle Telemedicine Launches New Rural Care Alliance to Extend Telemedicine Specialty Services to Community Hospitals in Need
Eagle Telemedicine, a company in technology-enabled inpatient and outpatient care for sustainable healthcare resilience, announces the creation of the Eagle Rural Care Alliance.

Zocdoc Introduces Guided Search, Helping Patients More Confidently Connect With The Right Providers
Zocdoc, a healthcare marketplace that makes it easy for patients to find and book in-person or virtual care across over 250 specialties and more than 18,000 insurance plans, introduced Guided Search.

Policy News

Telehealth Policy Across the U.S. in 2024

This, the first video by CCHP in 2024, provides an update on where we stand with temporary federal telehealth policies, issues to look out for this year on both the state and federal levels, and what could possibly happen with telehealth in the first full year after the COVID-19 pandemic.

To Read

Atrium Health Extends Reach with Virtual Care to Improve Health and Elevate Hope – Atrium Health had a head start on leveraging virtual care tools to streamline care when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. It has been a pioneer in the technology tools that support virtual care for more than a decade now.

Telemedicine Revolutionizes Mental Health Care in the Pandemic Era – The pandemic has led to a surge in telemedicine for mental health care, with over 55% of appointments now conducted remotely. This shift offers numerous benefits but also presents challenges in ensuring accessibility and quality care for all.

The Telemedicine Revolution: How Legislative Changes Transformed Healthcare – Telemedicine has emerged as a game-changer in healthcare, as it offers convenient and accessible medical services to patients around the country.

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

ATA2024 Annual Conference & Expo (@AmericanTelemed)

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!