News and Reports
mHealthIntelligence: (7/20) – An Arizona-based health system is using telehealth to help staff remotely monitor patients in the ICU, reducing the need for in-person visits and PPE use.
The Hill: (7/20) – Rep. Troy Balderson (R-OH) posted an op-ed highlighting the KEEP Telehealth Options Act (H.R. 7233), which he led introduction along with Rep. Axne (D-IA) and would instruct the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Government Accountability Office (GAO) to study and report to United States Congress on the expansion of telehealth services during the COVID-19 outbreak, the uptake of those services by patients across the country, and GAO’s recommendations for enhancing the quality of and access to these services. “While telehealth is not a full replacement for in-person visits, it presents a legitimate, safe, and cost-effective option for many patients’ needs,” he wrote.
mHealthIntelligence: (7/20) – Cancer care centers in Philadelphia, New Hampshire and Oklahoma are using grants awarded from the National Cancer Institute to examine how telehealth has helped improve care management and coordination during the COVID-19 pandemic.
mHealthIntelligence: (7/21) – Christina Quinlan, director of operations for a FQHC off the coast of Maine presented at a virtual conference hosted by the Northeast Telehealth Resource Center (NETRC) and the Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center (MATRC) and highlighted the benefits of using telehealth to identify and address social determinants of health. “Telehealth fills the critical gaps,” she said.
POLITICO: (7/22) – New data insights from Epic Health Research Network found that as office visits are resuming, telehealth visits are stabilizing – and the combination of telehealth and office visits never go above initial utilization.
Healthcare IT News: (7/22) – With an FCC award, and payment barriers behind them, the Wright Center for Community Health located in Scranton, Pennsylvania developed a telehealth-EHR system so patients can easily receive care in the home, and providers can work across one platform.
mHealthIntelligence: (7/22) – Hospitals in New Jersey and New York are launching a telehealth program that will use sensors embedded in clothing to remotely monitor patients infected with coronavirus. The technology will be used to track cardiac, pulmonary and circulatory biomarkers.
HIT Consultant: (7/22) – GoodRx announced it has expanded its HeyDoctor telehealth service across all 50 states and Washington, D.C. HeyDoctor provides access to licensed providers who can treat a range of conditions.
Health Affairs: (7/23) – A new article in Health Affairs calls for a series of changes for better health care after the pandemic, including widely adopting telehealth.
Compassion & Choices: (7/23) – Sylvia Trujillo, formerly with the American Medical Association and HHS, recapped a webinar in which she discussed with members of the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) the importance of telehealth among high risk and vulnerable patients.
mHealthIntelligence: (7/23) – The Indiana University School of Medicine and the Regenstrief Institute are partnering with VA’s Quality Enhance Research Initiative (QUERI) to develop telehealth programs for stroke (TeleNeurology), chronic pain (TelePain) and geriatric (TeleGRACE) care.