Virtual Healthcare July 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

LTC ACO and Third Eye Health Deepen Collaboration That Delivers Telemedicine Services in Long-Term Care Settings
LTC ACO, the first Accountable Care Organization (ACO) in the U.S. dedicated to long-term care facility residents, and Third Eye Health (@thirdeyehealth), the nation’s largest virtual care network for post-acute, announced the deepening of their collaboration that brings acute-level care to the bedside virtually through proprietary one-touch telehealth technology.

Hicuity Health Completes Growth Financing Led by Concord Health Partners
Hicuity Health (@HicuityHealth), a provider of high acuity telemedicine, including tele-ICU, virtual nursing, virtual sitting, telemetry, and smart device monitoring for health systems across the U.S., announced that they have completed a growth equity financing, led by Concord Health Partners.

300 Colleges and Universities Expand Access to Mental Health Resources for Millions of Students Through TimelyCare
In a milestone that reflects unprecedented and continuing demand for mental health resources, 300 colleges and universities have expanded equitable access to care for more than two million students through TimelyCare (@timely_care), the premier virtual health and well-being provider in higher education.

Swift Medical Announces Partnership with Corstrata to Enhance Virtual Wound Care Delivery
Swift Medical (@swiftmedical), a digital health technology company focused on improving clinical and economic outcomes in wound care, announced a strategic partnership with Corstrata, a leader in virtual wound care delivery, to enhance and expand access to high-quality wound care.

First Stop Health Recognized in Crain’s Chicago Business Fast 50
First Stop Health (@firststophealth), a virtual care company for primary, urgent and mental health care needs, announced its recognition in Crain’s Chicago Business Fast 50 2023. This honor recognizes Chicago’s fastest growing companies with rapid growth over a 5-year period.

Doximity Report Indicates Permanent Role for Telemedicine in Health Care
Doximity, Inc. (@doximity), a digital platform for U.S. medical professionals, released its 2023 State of Telemedicine Report, revealing that nearly 88% of U.S. physicians surveyed believe telemedicine has increased patient access to health care, particularly among populations that may have faced barriers to care previously.

19Labs and EchoNous Partner to offer AI-enhanced Point-of-Care Telemedicine Platform
EchoNous, the point-of-care ultrasound company that is redefining the handheld ultrasound category, announced a partnership with 19Labs (@19_labs) to provide enhanced telehealth capabilities to rural communities and medical educators by adding the Kosmos ultrasound system to the 19Labs GALE eClinics platform.

Teladoc Health Completes Acquisition of InTouch Health, Creating Single Virtual Care Delivery Leader from Hospital to Home
Teladoc Health, Inc. (@TeladocHealth), the global leader in virtual care, announced that it has completed its acquisition of Santa Barbara, Calif.-area based InTouch Health.

Let’s Talk Interactive and Texas A&M Health Expand Access to Tele-behavioral Care
Let’s Talk Interactive (@LetsTalkInter), a company in customizable telehealth solutions and provider of HIPAA-compliant telehealth software and hardware, is pleased to announce its relationship with the Texas A&M University Health Science Center (Texas A&M Health) to expand access to tele-behavioral care across Texas to underserved populations.

Remote Patient Monitoring

GlobalMed®, a Partner with Valor Healthcare, Awarded Contract to Provide Remote Patient Monitoring to the VA Office of Connected Care
GlobalMed (@globalmed_usa), a provider of virtual health solutions to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is a partner on the Valor Healthcare Team awarded to deliver Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) services to the VA’s Office of Connected Care. This partnership is part of the $1 billion VA Telehealth Support IDIQ Contract recently awarded to four companies, including Valor Healthcare.

Product News

CareView Communications Receives Ten New Patents Strengthening Virtual Care Solutions Portfolio
CareView Communications, Inc. (@CareViewSystem), a provider of integrated virtual care solutions for the healthcare industry, proudly announces the recent issuance of ten additional patents by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, further solidifying its commitment to innovation in patient safety and virtual care.

Policy News

Telehealth as an Excepted Benefit Clears House Education and Workforce Committee, Encouraging News for Millions of American Workers
The American Telemedicine Association (@AmericanTelemed) and ATA Action issued a statement on the bipartisan vote by the House Education and Workforce Committee, to favorably report the Telehealth Benefit Expansion for Workers Act of 2023.

Avel eCare Briefs D.C. Lawmakers on Using Telemedicine to Help Combat the Nation’s Mental Health Crisis
Leaders from Avel eCare, a national provider of clinician-to-clinician telemedicine services, recently returned from Washington, D.C. where executives held an informational briefing session for Senate staff on an innovative telemedicine program called Virtual Crisis Care (VCC).

CBO: Bipartisan telehealth bill will cost $5B over next decade
Bipartisan legislation that would give people with high-deductible health plans permanent access to telehealth services without having to meet a minimum deductible will cost $5 billion over the next decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

To Read

Amazon delays virtual care service’s unveiling after senators raised privacy concerns – Amazon is delaying the launch of a major expansion of its Amazon Clinic telemedicine service due to lawmakers’ concerns about its privacy practices that POLITICO detailed last week.

Healthcare Experts Say Telehealth’s Future Could Be Remote Monitoring – The telehealth services we all relied on during COVID are fading away — but telemedicine may be entering a new era as providers look to bring the clinic home.

How to Get Started with Virtual Nursing By Caregility @caregility – Widespread nursing workforce shortages are impacting healthcare organizations across the nation, leading many to examine ways telehealth tools can be used to recreate teleICU-like success in lower acuity units.

How to Tap the Full Potential of Telemedicine – The next level of virtual care can only be reached if we bring more elements of the clinic to the patient.

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
Save the date.

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
Save the date.

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!