Healthcare IT News: (8/24) – From the beginning of March through July, Martel said, Central Maine Healthcare (CMH) conducted more than 25,000 visits via telehealth. "Many of their patients have mobility challenges, and so allowing them to conduct these visits through telehealth has been very helpful," CMH Chief Medical Information Officer Dr. Steven Martel said. The system is also exploring behavioral telehealth services, which can be advantageous in an environment where mental health care can be difficult to access.
mHealthIntelligence: (8/24) – The University of California announced a partnership with CITRIS (the Center for Technology Research in the Interest of Society) on the Lighthouse for Older Adults initiative, which will equip affordable housing complexes serving more than 300 seniors with connected health services, including digital literacy training.
mHealthIntelligence: (8/25) – Amwell announced that it filed for an IPO and announced a $100 million investment in the company. The Massachusetts-based company will name Google as its preferred global cloud partner and move its video services to that platform.
Healthcare IT News: (8/25) – Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation is using FCC funding for more laptops, mobile devices and remote patient monitoring strategies to enable doctors to monitor patients from anywhere. “Through this measure, our elderly residents and patients will be able to receive routine, non-emergent access to care, with their preferred healthcare providers, to address their chronic medical problems as well as anxiety, depression and other diagnosed disorders,” said Lorraine Breuer, senior vice president for research and grants, and compliance officer, at Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation.
Healthcare IT News: (8/26) – Nevada is ranked 51 in the nation for providing behavioral health services. Spurred by COVID-19 and FCC funds, Bridge Counseling Associates hopes to change that. “Those opportunities will require technology placement of laptops and stands in remote public service agencies such as fire departments, sheriffs’ offices, nonprofits or rural clinics where behavioral health clients can access services,” said David Robeck, president and CEO of Bridge Counseling Associates.
STAT: (8/27) – An op-ed in STAT discusses the potential for telegenetic consultations to speed time to diagnosis for people living with rare diseases. The op-ed also highlights a pilot program, which has been working with Microsoft to pioneer the use of telegenetic consultations for patients. Since the inception of this pilot program in 2019, the average time a patient waits to see a clinical geneticist has decreased from three to four months to just six to eight days.
HealthLeaders: (8/27) – HealthLeaders issued an article highlighting five health systems who have transformed through telehealth, including Alliance members MedStar Health and Intermountain Healthcare, UW Health, MarinHealth and OSF HealthCare.
Healthcare IT News: (8/28) – The Arc Madison Cortland, with funding from the FCC to provide telehealth services, is using virtual care to connect intellectual/developmental disability patients with providers during COVID-19.