News and Reports
Kaiser Family Foundation: (4/13) – Findings from the latest KFF Health Tracking Polll suggest telehealth might have limited reach among older adults. While 68 percent of adults 65 and older said they have a computer, smart phone or tablet with internet access at home, only 11 percent said they have used the device to communicate with a health care provider in the past two weeks. KFF reflects that these low rates may indicate a lack of need, not a lack of interest.
Mobihealthnews: (4/13) – A new poll found that consumers report greater satisfaction with digital health services than other virtual services. Among the 31% of participants who said they had received care remotely, 41% described their experience as “good” or “excellent” suggesting consumers may continue to use telehealth services post COVID-19.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: (4/13) – VA announced an uptick in virtual mental health care amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Telehealth group therapy conducted more than 2,700 visits in March, a more than 200% increase from the prior month. Mental health care and consultation delivered by phone rose to more than 154,000 appointments in March, up 280% from February. Finally, Vet Centers across the nation held more than 47,000 virtual appointments in March, a 200% increase from February.
Los Angeles Business Journal: (4/13) – Patients rapidly turning to telehealth is causing many companies to move their telehealth business segments from the sidelines to the forefront.
Des Moines Register: (4/13) – A previous attempt to bring telehealth to Iowa seemed like a near-impossible challenge – then COVID-19 came lifting previous payment parity restrictions – and one health system experienced a 176% in virtual visits in just one month.
STAT Morning Rounds: (4/14) – According to a new study, the majority of doctor visits conducted via telemedicine are an appropriate replacement for in-person care.
New York Times Opinion: (4/14) – The coronavirus is forcing reforms like those in telemedicine which could change America’s health care system forever if Congress requires it.
California Health Care Foundation: (4/14) – CHCF released a report on managed care plan (MCP) use of telehealth from 2019 survey data. Across most MCPs, member and provider use of telehealth across modalities is low, however, MCPs are confident telehealth will improve specialty care access, member satisfaction, and care coordination.
Duke Today: (4/15) – Duke Health recounts the impact of COVID-19 on telemedicine surge and discusses expanding telehealth to treat during COVID-19 and in the future.
Becker’s Hospital Review: (4/15) - To help expand access to care during the COVID-19 pandemic, several insurance companies have loosened restrictions on telehealth claims for both COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 related care. Included are four major payers that have expanded telehealth coverage.
Journal of Medical Internet Research: (4/15) – A new study on telehealth finds that two-thirds of veterans preferred or were equally satisfied with video visits vs. in person care.
Healthcare IT News: (4/16) – GE Healthcare – hosted on Microsoft’s Azure platform – has introduced a new cloud-based remote-monitoring tool designed to help clinicians monitor the ventilation status of multiple ICU patients at once.
Fast Company: (4/16) – Bob Kocher, a physician recently chosen by California Governor Newsom to serve on the state’s public-private coronavirus testing task force discusses how COVID-19 is normalizing telehealth.
STAT Morning Rounds: (4/16) – A new study finds that patients using a smartphone-based monitoring protocol to maintain their blood pressure after a heart attack had equal rates of success as patients who went in-person to clinicians for follow-up.
POLITICO Pro: (4/16) – Rural and community health clinics are struggling to adopt telehealth during the pandemic, potentially widening the disparity in access to care.
mHealthIntelligence: (4/16) – OSF Healthcare – a 14-hospital health system based in Illinois – has launched the Pandemic Health Worker program, which uses remote patient monitoring to triage and treat coronavirus patients in their homes.
Fierce Healthcare: (4/17) – Healthcare leaders are urging CMS and ONC to incentivize telehealth adoption not just during COVID-19. Healthcare executives said there’s an opportunity for ONC to advance the use of technical standards that support broader use