Virtual Healthcare January 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

American Telemedicine Association Establishes New Clinician Council to Address Barriers to Broad Adoption of Telehealth and Virtual Care Delivery
The American Telemedicine Association (@AmericanTelemed) announced it has convened a new Clinician Council, to address barriers to the broad adoption of telehealth and virtual care delivery, including emerging platforms that support technology-enabled healthcare. This includes creating a Trust Agenda that focuses on responsibility, credibility, and integrity within the healthcare industry.

Resource for Health Care Providers on Educating Patients about Privacy and Security Risks to Protected Health Information when Using Remote Communication Technologies for Telehealth
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (@hhsgov) improved access to health care during the COVID-19 public health emergency by facilitating the increased use of telehealth.1 As a result of the Department’s actions, health care providers2 increasingly used telehealth to provide care to patients remotely. The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) supports the continued use of telehealth and has published materials on its website to help entities subject to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and its implementing regulations understand how to provide telehealth in compliance with applicable federal health information privacy, security, and civil rights laws.

eVisit Clinical Strategy Team Expands to Drive Virtual Care Innovation Across Leading Health Systems
eVisit, a virtual care transformation partner for innovative health systems, announced two new leaders to the company’s expanding Clinical Strategy team.

Omada Health Joins Amazon’s Health Condition Programs as Launch Partner
Omada Health, a virtual-first healthcare provider, announced a partnership with Amazon Health Services to increase awareness and discoverability of its cardiometabolic programs through Amazon’s new Health Condition Programs.

Alight and CirrusMD team up to deliver physician-led virtual primary care on Alight Worklife®
Alight, Inc., a cloud-based human capital and technology services provider, and CirrusMD, a physician-first provider of on-demand virtual care, announced a strategic agreement to offer a chat-enabled, physician-led, virtual care solution.

NuvoAir and Cary Medical Management announce partnership to bring high-quality cardiopulmonary care to rural North Carolina
NuvoAir Medical, a value-based specialty care provider for heart and lung conditions, and Cary Medical Management (CMM), a company transforming traditional primary care into high-performing value-based care clinics, announced their partnership to bring high-quality specialty care to patients in North Carolina.

U.S. Trade Development Agency And 19Labs Partner to Accelerate Rural Telemedicine Deployments Throughout Mexico
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency announced that it has signed a grant agreement with Mexican digital connectivity company Vasanta Comunicaciones SAPI de CV (Vasanta) that will pilot telemedicine technology from California-based 19Labs, Inc. (19Labs) in rural southern Mexico.

TytoCare and St. Luke’s Health System Forge Exclusive Health Care Partnership in Idaho
TytoCare, a virtual care company enabling health plans and providers to deliver accessible, high-quality remote primary care anywhere across the country, and St. Luke’s Health System, the largest health care provider and employer in Idaho, announced an exclusive partnership that will give its employees and members of St. Luke’s Health Plan access to care from the comfort of home.

ATA Establishes New Clinician Council to Address Barriers to Broad Adoption of Telehealth and Virtual Care Delivery
The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) announced it has convened a new Clinician Council, to address barriers to the broad adoption of telehealth and virtual care delivery, including emerging platforms that support technology-enabled healthcare.

Remote Patient Monitoring

Pylo Health Launches Next Generation of Cellular-Connected Remote Patient Monitoring Devices
Pylo Health, a provider of remote patient monitoring devices and partner company to Prevounce, announces the launch of two next-generation patient devices: the Pylo 900-LTE blood pressure monitor and the Pylo 200-LTE weight scale.

Product News

Aramark Launches New Telehealth Program to Digitally Connect Hospital Inpatients with Clinical Nutrition Services
Aramark, one of the largest employers of Registered Dietitians in the U.S., announced a new program designed to remotely connect its highly skilled clinical dietitians with hospital patients through cloud-based technologies.

ThinkAndor® is Top Reviewed Digital Health Solution by AVIA Marketplace
Andor Health, the company leveraging generative AI to reimagine how patients are managed and monitored, was ranked by AVIA Marketplace as a top-reviewed digital health company. AVIA Marketplace is the leading resource for unbiased information about digital health solutions, helping health systems leverage other’s experiences to make educated decisions together.

Policy News

Another Big Telehealth Policy Win – CMS Temporarily Removes Major Hurdle for Virtual Care
The American Telemedicine Association and ATA Action acknowledge the significance of the CMS publication of its calendar year (CY) 2024 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) final rule, notably the extension allowing providers who render telehealth services from their homes to list their practice address instead of their home address on their Medicare enrollment, through the end of 2024.

American Telemedicine Association and ATA Action Reveal Playbook for the 2024 Telehealth Super Bowl
The American Telemedicine Association and ATA Action reveal their top policy priorities, and urge Congress to prepare for the 2024 telehealth “Super Bowl.”

To Read

Top 5 Rules for Medicare 2024 Remote Patient Monitoring and Remote Therapeutic Monitoring: What Companies Need to Know – On November 2, 2023, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized new policies related to remote physiologic monitoring (RPM) and remote therapeutic monitoring (RTM) services reimbursed under the Medicare program.

Translating Physician Care To The Digital Screen: What It Takes – Telemedicine, which enables access to care through a digital screen presence and supports EMR integration, is a potent force in driving digital transformation across the healthcare sector.

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!