Virtual Healthcare October 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

Carium’s Innovative Approach to Generative AI Powered by Amazon Bedrock
Carium (@cariumcares), a trailblazer in the virtual care management technology space, has announced its AI-focused roadmap using Amazon Bedrock to accelerate the development of cloud-based generative AI applications.

Executives for Health Innovation (EHI) selects the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) to carry on its Leagacy, Expanding the Value of Member Benefits
Executives for Health Innovation (@ehealthdc) announced it has selected the American Telemedicine Association to support the legacy that EHI has championed for over two decades.

Koa Health and SteadyMD partner to power a comprehensive approach to mental health care across the continuum
Koa Health (@KoaHealth), a global provider of mental healthcare services, announced a new partnership with SteadyMD, a company in the U.S. telehealth space, to unlock the value of a comprehensive approach to mental health in workplaces everywhere.

Avel eCare Expands Hospitalist and Senior Care Telemedicine Services with Acquisition of Fident Health
Avel eCare, a national provider of clinician-to-clinician telemedicine services, announced the acquisition of Fident Health, a Texas-based virtual hospitalist provider dedicated to delivering high-quality telemedicine care to rural and suburban communities.

Red Cell Partners Launches Savoy Life, a Virtual Healthcare Platform for Long-Term Care
Red Cell Partners (@RedCellPartners), an incubation firm building rapidly scalable, technology-led companies that are bringing revolutionary advancements to market in national security and healthcare, announced $3 million in pre-seed funding for Savoy Life (@savoy_life), a virtual care coordination and delivery platform created to improve care quality and access for seniors and adults with disabilities living in residential community care facilities.

Virtual Nursing Now! Insights from the Front Lines

Kismet Health Launches First Pediatric Telehealth Platform Developed by Providers
Kismet Health (@KismetHealthInc), a digital health company, is proud to announce the launch of its revolutionary pediatric telehealth platform, designed for providers by providers.

Sesame Announces New Partnership with Costco
Accessing healthcare should be as easy and affordable as shopping at Costco – and for Costco members, it now is. On September 25, Sesame (@Sesamecare) and Costco announced a partnership to offer special discount pricing to all Costco Members on a broad range of outpatient medical care offered at Sesame.

Wheel Launches Next Generation of its Virtual Care Platform, Mobilizing the Growing Consumer-Centric Care Movement
Wheel, a virtual care platform empowering companies to deliver consumer-centric care, announced the next generation of its virtual care platform to help enterprise organizations build seamless care experiences.

Product News

Virtual First Care Coalition IMPACT Releases Payment and Coding Toolkit
IMPACT, a pre-competitive consortium dedicated to understanding, supporting, and implementing virtual first care (V1C), released the Payment & Coding Toolkit, a new free resource to assist payers and providers as they navigate the payment and reimbursement landscape for V1C services. IMPACT is a collaboration led by the Digital Medicine Society (@_DiMeSociety) and the American Telemedicine Society, and is the leading organization and professional home of V1C.

ATA Launches Three New Tools to Advance Telehealth’s Role in Addressing Health Disparities 
The American Telemedicine Association (@AmericanTelemed) announced that its CEO’s Advisory Group on Using Telehealth to Eliminate Disparities and Inequities is releasing three new tools this week, to inform ways in which telehealth can impact disparities and inequities.

The ATA Telehealth Essentials Guide for Healthcare Providers
Download The ATA Telehealth Essentials Guide for Healthcare Providers and access the Eight Essentials of Effective Telehealth Services.

Policy News

To Read

Telehealth: The Innovation That’s Not Yet a Habit by Sage Growth Partners (@sgphealth) – Few technologies have soared so quickly as did telehealth in the first year of the pandemic. Sage Growth Partners’ latest report, based on a landmark survey of 155 physician group leaders and hospital executives, is a pulse check on the industry’s sentiments around this promising technology.

Five key features telehealth patients want: Insights for healthcare developers by Wolters Kluwer Health (@wkhealth)

Remote Patient Monitoring – Home Telehealth coordinator saves Veteran’s life – Army Veteran Robert Cutchins didn’t know he was experiencing a health emergency. But his Remote Patient Monitoring–Home Telehealth (RPM-HT) Care Coordinator Kristin Moser identified it right away.

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

AvaSure Symposium 2023 (@AvaSure)

What: Unite, Educate, Innovate: A Gathering of Nurse Leaders Like No Other!
When: Oct 25 — 26, 2023
Where: GVSU Richard M. DeVos Center – Grand Rapids, Michigan
Register Now.

Attention Nurse Leaders seeking an unparalleled opportunity to connect, learn, and engage! We’re excited to present our in-person AvaSure Symposium in Grand Rapids, Michigan – an experience designed to elevate your leadership journey with virtual sitting and virtual nursing.

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!