Virtual Healthcare September 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

KLAS Report Recognizes AvaSure as a Complete Virtual Care Platform That Improves Patient Safety while Reducing Costs & Staff Workloads
AvaSure (@avasure), a company in acute virtual care and remote safety monitoring, announced that a new report from KLAS revealed high customer satisfaction with the company’s virtual care platform. KLAS reported on AvaSure in September 2021, and the new report offers a second look at how the overall customer experience has improved over the last two years.

ATA Publishes New Health Data Privacy Principles

SteadyMD Supports Amazon Clinic’s Expansion of Telehealth to All 50 States
SteadyMD (@steadymd), a B2B telehealth infrastructure provider that powers high-quality telehealth patient experiences for leaders and innovators in healthcare, celebrates the expansion of Amazon Clinic’s virtual healthcare marketplace to all 50 U.S. states. SteadyMD was one of the first telehealth providers available through Amazon Clinic when it launched in November 2022.

Colorado Chooses Safety Net Connect’s Enterprise eConsult Platform for Statewide Medicaid Initiative
Safety Net Connect (SNC), a provider of advanced virtual care solutions, has been selected by the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing (HCPF) to implement their cutting-edge eConsult platform for a statewide Medicaid implementation.

CareCloud Empowers Sympathy Health Clinic with Comprehensive Telehealth Solution to Enhance Patient Care
CareCloud, Inc. (@CareCloud), a company in healthcare technology solutions for medical practices and health systems nationwide, announced the successful integration of its talkEHR platform at Sympathy Health Clinic in Las Vegas. This integration stands as a significant leap forward in enhancing the clinic’s patient care and practice management capabilities.

Optavise Partners with SentryHealth to Help Employees Become Better Informed About Their Healthcare.
Optavise, a one-stop-shop for employee benefits programs, combining products, technology and expert guidance, announced that it is expanding its services to offer clinical advocacy and virtual care through a partnership with SentryHealth (@sentryhealth).

KLAS Report Recognizes AvaSure as a Complete Virtual Care Platform That Improves Patient Safety while Reducing Costs & Staff Workloads
AvaSure (@avasure), a company in acute virtual care and remote safety monitoring, announced that a new report from KLAS revealed high customer satisfaction with the company’s virtual care platform.

Remote Patient Monitoring

CloudMD Secures Contract for Remote Patient Monitoring Program with a Major United States Hospital System
CloudMD Software & Services Inc. (@CloudMD_SS), a health services company transforming the delivery of care, announced a contract to provide Remote Patient Monitoring for a major U.S. regional hospital system’s eligible patient population.

Product News

Palatin Announces Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth Partnership with UpScriptHealth™ for Vyleesi®
Palatin Technologies, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company developing first-in-class medicines based on molecules that modulate the activity of the melanocortin receptor system, announced that it has entered a strategic partnership with UpScriptHealth (@UpScriptHealth), a direct-to-consumer telemedicine company providing telemedicine services to pharmaceutical and medical technology companies.

Policy News

Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) and Remote Therapeutic Monitoring (RTM): A Deep Dive into Proposed Medicare Changes
On July 13, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its annual Proposed Rule updating the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) for calendar year (CY) 2024, which includes various proposed changes related to the provision of remote physiologic monitoring (RPM) and remote therapeutic monitoring (RTM) services.

ATA AND ATA Action Submit Detailed Comments in Response to the CNS CY2024 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule
The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) and ATA Action submitted comments in response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) CY2024 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) proposed policy changes for Medicare payments under the PFS, and other Medicare Part B issues.

To Read

Telehealth didn’t drive up ADHD prescriptions at large health centers: study by Axios – While the surge in prescriptions for ADHD drugs during the pandemic has often been attributed to expanded telehealth access, new research finds there has been little difference in prescribing rates for in-person or virtual care at large health centers since 2020.

What To Expect When You Log On for a Virtual Doctor’s Appointment

Telehealth for behavioral health care

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
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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 the 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
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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!