Virtual Healthcare July 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

Industry experts share insights to modernize care delivery models for the virtual nursing market
AvaSure, a provider of acute virtual care, hosted Chief Nursing Executives at an event in Nashville, Tennessee, to share best practices for leveraging virtual care delivery models. These models aim to improve patient care and safety, enhance patient monitoring, increase clinical capacity, and reduce clinical cost.

Deaconess Health System to Offer Virtual Urgent Care Through KeyCare’s Epic-based Platform
KeyCare, the nation’s first Epic-based virtual care company, announced that it is collaborating with Deaconess Health System to provide 24×7 urgent care in all 50 states via virtual visits through MyChart.

Pomelo Care raises $46 million, covers over 3 million lives, and publishes data proving its virtual care model improves outcomes
Pomelo Care, a virtual medical practice that improves maternal and newborn health outcomes, announced $46 million in Series B financing led by existing investors First Round Capital and Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) Bio + Health. Pomelo will use this funding to accelerate its partnerships with payors across the country to address the root causes of the maternal health crisis.

Nebraska DHHS Completes Implementation Of EMS Telemedicine Services
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is excited to announce it has successfully completed the implementation of Avel eCare’s EMS telemedicine services.

ATA Joins West Health Institute’s Collaborative for Telehealth and Aging
The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) announced it has joined the Collaborative for Telehealth and Aging (C4TA), an initiative led by the West Health Institute (WHI). The ATA will serve as an Advisor to the C4TA, which is committed to accelerating the adoption of telehealth to meet the needs of seniors.

Heyday Health Raises $12.5M to Scale “Virtual-forward” Value-based Care Model for Medicare & Dual-eligible Patients
Heyday Health, the nation’s first virtual-forward value-based care provider focused on Medicare and dual-eligible patients, announced that it has raised $12.5 million.

Mitel Expands Availability of Virtual Care and Collaboration Service to Enable Better Patient-Centric Care
Mitel®, a global leader in business communications, announced the global availability of optimized healthcare experiences through its Virtual Care and Collaboration Service (VCCS). Starting with seven new European markets, the solution will be rolled out globally during the third quarter of this year.

WellSync makes available its virtual care service to Publix customers
WellSync, a telehealth service provider, announced that it is making its virtual care service available to Publix customers. This service will introduce convenient and cost-effective virtual healthcare to customers across Publix’s network of 1,300 pharmacies in the Southeast.

eVisit Acquires UPMC’s Inpatient Teleconsult Technology and Secures Investments from UPMC Enterprises and MedStar Health
eVisit, a virtual care transformation partner for innovative health systems, announced the acquisition of UPMC’s inpatient teleconsult technology alongside strategic direct investments by UPMC Enterprises and MedStar Health, adding to its $45 million Series B fundraising led by Goldman Sachs Asset Management.

Brightside Health Reaches 100% National Coverage for Medicare Part B Beneficiaries
Brightside Health is proud to announce that it is the first telepsychiatry company to serve 100% of Medicare Part B beneficiaries nationwide, expanding access to life-saving mental health care for all who need it.

Erie County Medical Center Leverages Brook Health’s AI and Remote Care Platform to Transform Hypertension Management
Brook Health, which blends remote clinical teams with AI to extend care into the home, released results of a nurse-led remote monitoring program at Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) in Buffalo that succeeded in doubling the rate of blood pressure control among high-risk patients with hypertension.

Nation’s Fastest Growing Online Therapy Provider Uwill Acquires L.A.-Based Mental Health Startup
Uwill, a mental health and wellness provider, announced the acquisition of Virtual Care Group, which delivers telehealth and wellness support to students at more than 100 colleges. Uwill already serves more than 2 million students at 300 institutions in 50 states and 40 countries.

Artisight Named Top Smart Hospital and Top Smart Room Company by AVIA Marketplace
Artisight, Inc., a Smart Hospital Platform powered by artificial intelligence to enable virtual care models, quality improvement and care coordination solutions, announced that it was recognized as a 2024 Top Company in Smart Hospitals upon conclusion of extensive research and company outreach by AVIA Marketplace, the leading digital health marketplace.

Fabric announces acquisition of MeMD to enhance virtual healthcare
Fabric, a healthcare technology company and care enablement system, announced the acquisition of MeMD from Walmart Inc. MeMD is a provider of virtual behavioral, urgent, and primary care benefits for 30,000 corporate, institutional, and health plan partners and 5 million members.

VSee Health Awarded Virtual Care Purchasing Agreement with Premier, Inc.
VSee Health, a provider of comprehensive telehealth services that customize workflow streams and enhance patient care, announces a group purchasing agreement for virtual care services with Premier, Inc., a technology-enabled healthcare improvement company.

Remote Patient Monitoring

DocGo Secures Five New Contracts to Provide Healthcare In Markets Across the United States
DocGo Inc., a provider of technology-enabled mobile health services, announced it has secured five new contracts that include remote patient monitoring (RPM), virtual care management (VCM), chronic care management (CCM), cardiac implantable electronic device (CIED), and a care gap closure program for a national health plan.

Product News

Mobile Health Launches Self-care Virtual Experience For Chronic Conditions, Eliminating Need to Use Insurance
Mobile Health, an end-to-end digital health, wellness, and virtual care SaaS platform, announced the launch of a virtual care solution that addresses the leading chronic health conditions, including diabetes, high blood pressure, musculoskeletal disorders and conditions, weight management, depression and anxiety, and prenatal care.

Policy News

Road to the Telehealth “Super Bowl”: ATA Action Capitol Hill Drive 
ATA Action, the American Telemedicine Association’s affiliated trade association focused on advocacy, hosted its 2nd annual Hill Day, bringing nearly two dozen ATA Action members to Capitol Hill for meetings with Congressional leaders to discuss top federal telehealth policy priorities. ATA Action members underscored the ATA and ATA Action playbook for comprehensive, permanent telehealth reform.

To Read

Understanding the Availability of Mental Telehealth Services by National Institute of Mental Health – National Institutes of Health (NIH) – Despite the increased utilization of telehealth services, there’s a limited understanding of the availability and structure of these services.

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

Telehealth Awareness Week (@AmericanTelemed)

What: Telehealth Awareness Week
When: September 15-21, 2024
Stay tuned for more details.

During the Telehealth Awareness Week (TAW), the ATA invites telehealth solution providers, hospital systems and medical practices, patient advocacy leaders, policymakers, and other stakeholders to highlight the need to establish an omnichannel care model that includes in-person and virtual care.

ATA EDGE2024 (@AmericanTelemed)
What: ATA EDGE2024
When: December 11-13, 2024
Where: Washington, DC
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Join ATA and ATA Action at the ATA EDGE2024 Policy Conference, the go-to event for cutting-edge insights into state, federal, and international telehealth policies. This year, we’re diving deep into the current state of virtual care policy and exploring what’s next. We’ll tackle the biggest challenges and uncover new opportunities, all while keeping telehealth’s momentum strong and bipartisan support high.