News and Reports
mHealthIntelligence: (6/30) – According to a recent survey, 40 percent of dentists said they are using telehealth now to stay in touch with patients or intend to use telehealth soon. The survey notes that dentists are among the hardest it healthcare profession during the COVID-19 crisis and almost all of those who completed the survey said they expect the industry to see long-term changes as a result. View the full survey here.
Washington Examiner: (6/30) – Illinois launched a program to provide telehealth services to COVID-19 patients that did not require hospitalizations, and according a survey, 71 percent of patients were happy with the results.
Healthcare IT News: (7/1) – With many barriers lifted during COVID-19, and with the use of telehealth technologies, a New Jersey-based FQHC has seen positive effects. Lee Ruszczyk, senior director of behavioral health at the Henry J. Austin Health Center said that, “All providers besides dental are working at above the pre-pandemic capacity… [and] more clients are being seen than before the pandemic.”
National Law Review: (7/1) – The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine approved its first permanent telehealth policy. The Board’s policy provides that: (1) a “face-to-face encounter" is not a pre-requisite for a telehealth visit; and (2) the same standard of care applies to both in-person and telehealth encounters.
Patient Engagement HIT: (7/1) – According to a new survey of 1,000 patients, nearly three-quarters had experienced their first telehealth visits during the pandemic, and 75 percent reported high satisfaction.
mHealthIntelligence: (7/2) – Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives is likely to review a second telehealth bill this year. Governor Wolf vetoed a previous telehealth bill in April, 2020 because it would have banned telemedicine abortions. This new legislation strikes that telemedicine abortion language out.
mHealthIntelligence: (7/2) – A Michigan hospital is using mHealth sensors attached to a patient’s bed to remotely monitor vital signs for COVID-19. The technology was in use prior to COVID-19 for monitoring patients with COPD, asthma and pneumonia, and experts say they expect to continue expanded use of the technology.