Virtual Healthcare January 2023

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

Industry News

AvaSure Experiences Record-Breaking Growth in 2022 as Customer Base Tops 1,000 Hospitals
Fueled by widespread healthcare staffing shortages, rising labor costs and the surge in demand for virtual care, AvaSure (@avasure), the inventor of the TeleSitter® solution and the market leader in acute virtual care and remote safety monitoring, announced that it experienced record growth in 2022, with a customer base that now tops 1,000 hospitals.

Avel eCare Announces the Acquisition of NightWatch to Expand Pharmacy Telemedicine Services
Avel eCare, a national provider of clinician-to-clinician telemedicine services, announced the acquisition of NightWatch, a West Virginia-based company that provides remote pharmacy services to hospitals, clinics and nursing homes throughout the Midwest and mid-Atlantic region.

Omada Health Partners with Intermountain Healthcare and Castell to Establish Integrated Virtual Care Option for Diabetes Management and Prev
Omada Health (@omadahealth), a virtual, integrated chronic care healthcare provider, and Castell, Intermountain Healthcare’s value-based care subsidiary, have entered into a partnership that expands the access of Omada’s Diabetes Prevention Program and Diabetes Program to patients and caregivers receiving care from Intermountain Healthcare’s primary care providers within its Utah Medical Group.

Reliq Health Contracts with Large Healthcare Network Client in Florida Adding to its iUGO Care Platform
Reliq Health Technologies Inc. (@ReliqHealth), a rapidly growing global healthcare technology company, contracts with current large healthcare network client in Florida adding additional 34 new acute and long-term care hospital clients to its iUGO Care platform.

Let’s Talk Interactive Announces Appointment of Joe Lacher to Board of Directors
Let’s Talk Interactive (@LetsTalkInter), a telemedicine solutions provider, announces the appointment of Joe Lacher to the company’s board of directors.

Award-Winning Telehealth Company MyTelemedicine Expands its White-Label Capabilities to Support the Growing Demand for Digital Adoption in Healthcare
After a successful rebrand of its award-winning telehealth service to Lyric Health, MyTelemedicine is excited to announce the launch of its new website, www.mytelemedicine.com, focused exclusively on its core strength as an omnichannel white-label telehealth platform.

Remote Patient Monitoring

Verustat Announces Clinical Study Results for RPM
Verustat, a full-service remote care management company, announced promising clinical results showing the ability of Verustat’s Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) to lower blood pressure. New research published online in Telemedicine and e-Health shows a significant reduction in mean arterial pressure (MAP) for hypertensive patients using the Verustat RPM program.

Product News

Teladoc Health Launches Fully Integrated Whole-Person Care Experience with New App
Teladoc Health (@teladochealth), a global company in 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.

eMed® Partners with the NIH in Digital Nationwide Home Test to Treat Program
eMed (@eMedCertified), a company in on-demand virtual care and treatment for consumers, announced a new program with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response (ASPR) to provide at-home treatment based on telehealth evaluations and rapid COVID-19 test results (Home Test to Treat) in communities across the United States as a national initiative to ensure access to COVID treatments for Americans.

Hydreight Technologies Launches Updated Telehealth App for Mobile Wellness
Hydreight Technologies Inc. (“Hydreight” or the “Company”) (TSXV: NURS), a growing telehealth platform and medical network, is pleased to announce the launch of its updated Hydreight Wellness App.

Policy News

Major vote of Confidence for Telehealth with President Biden Signing Omnibus into Law with Two-Year Extensions for Virtual Care Provisions
The American Telemedicine Association (@AmericanTelemed) and ATA ACTION applaud Congress and the Administration, and renew commitment to seeking permanency for telehealth services.

ATA and ATA Action Mark Major Milestone for Telehealth as Congress Passes Omnibus Bill Including Extensions Allowing Access to Virtual Care Services for Millions of Americans
Following a historic vote in Congress, ATA and ATA Action issued the following statement expressing appreciation to the numerous Congressional telehealth champions who believe in the value and necessity of virtual care. The omnibus appropriations bill passed by Congress earlier today includes several critical two-year extensions for telehealth provisions put in place during the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE). The omnibus bill is now before President Biden to be signed into law before year-end.

To Read

What to expect in telehealth in 2023? Here are 5 predictions from ATA Blog – During an AMA Telehealth Immersion Program webinar, experts shared their views and perspectives on how a system propelled to the forefront of medicine evolved in 2022 and where it is headed in 2023.

Insights on Telehealth Use and Program Integrity Risks Across Selected Health Care Programs During the Pandemic – As part of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC) Health Care Subgroup, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) led a group of OIGs in producing this PRAC-issued report focusing on telehealth across selected health care programs in six Federal agencies during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reduce Provider Burnout with Telehealth by Let’s Talk Interactive – The Covid-19 pandemic caused many physicians to quit their jobs due to burnout. 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.

What it takes to create a first-class telehealth experience from ATA Blog – With telehealth becoming a permanent fixture of our “new normal,” it’s essential that we optimize this experience.

How to Implement a Sustainable Telehealth Program In Your Clinic by DocWire News – Learn what steps you can take to start sustainably integrating a telemedicine program into your clinic, while reaching your goals and abiding by all legal regulations.

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:

Telehealth.HHS.gov
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 Telehealth.HHS.gov 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.