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MedCityNews: (9/27) – Dr. Roy Schoenberg, president and CEO of Alliance Board Member Amwell discussed the future of telehealth in a discussion hosted by CB Insights Future of Health “The number of clinicians that started using telehealth and never stopped is the biggest change,” Schoenberg said. “That is the turning of a corner for telehealth that will become a resounding change in the way that healthcare is going to be structured in years to come.”
Health Leaders: (9/28) – Health Leaders featured an article on Alliance Board Member Intermountain, noting pre-pandemic infrastructure and partnerships, pandemic efforts, and ER video handoffs have led to an acceleration of virtual care past a million telehealth interactions by the beginning of June 2020.
mHealthIntelligence: (9/28) – Xtelligent Healthcare Media’s Healthcare Strategies podcast, featured Sri Bharadwaj, the Indiana health system’s vice president of digital information, who explained how they use a connected care platform to bring the care team into one room, from where they can meet with and collaborate on care for any number of patients in their own rooms. The recording is linked below in past events.
Healthcare IT News: (9/28) – More than a dozen Chief Information Officers offer insight into what they want to see from telehealth apps. Some suggestions include seamless workflow integration, better patient engagement, artificial intelligence utilization, multidisciplinary group chat and others.
Healthcare IT News: (9/29) – In a recent video, Sen. Wyden (D-OR) discussed the importance of telehealth in the Medicare population during the COVID-19 pandemic. "I want to zero in on expanding telemedicine's role in Medicare, because we know that's a flagship health program … and when you get it there, almost always, you have an opportunity to have it replicated in the private sector," he said.
mHealthIntelligence: (9/29) – Brigham and Women’s Hospital is launching an mHealth program to track medication adherence for patients who have been prescribed opioids.
Flathead Beacon: (9/29) – VA Secretary Wilkie spoke in Montana this week to highlight the agency’s increased use of telehealth during the coronavirus pandemic. “If anything is going to come out of the response to this crisis that will stay with us, that is the value of telehealth when it comes to addressing mental health issues.”
Wall Street Journal: (9/30) – Starting October 1, some private health insurers will no longer cover cost-sharing for telehealth visits, something they had been doing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Doctors and hospital officials say the complex rules are leading to confusion—and the cost-sharing charges create concern that patients, faced with an increased financial burden for telehealth, might delay or avoid visits.
Healthcare Dive: (10/1) – Amwell announced a partnership with Tyto Care. Together they are pairing the TytoHome handheld examination device with Amwell’s telehealth platform, with the goal of improving provider examinations and diagnoses of patients during virtual visits conducted on Amwell's platform.
Modern Healthcare: (10/1) – Medicare Advantage insurers unveiled new benefits, including broader access to telehealth for more types of services. For example, UnitedHealthcare is giving all Advantage members who aren't in special needs plans access to virtual behavioral health visits without a copay.
University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health: (10/1) – A new research study at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health seeks to reduce COVID-19 spread in Wisconsin nursing homes by collaborating with community and academic partners to expand telehealth infrastructure.
mHealthIntelligence: (10/1) – Utah Governor Herbert announced that the state will continue to extend measures for telehealth coverage and access through the end of the nationally declared COVID-19 public health emergency.
Healthcare Dive: (10/1) – A new survey of 4,300 individuals released this week found that overall customer satisfaction with telehealth is high, but barriers to access remain. According to the 2020 U.S. Telehealth Satisfaction Study from J.D. Power, Alliance Board Member Amwell ranked highest in telehealth satisfaction among direct-to-consumer brands.
MEDTECHDIVE: (10/2) – AdvaMed released a white paper outlining recommendations to modernize Medicare coverage and payment policies so that beneficiaries can have greater access to the latest digital health innovations.
Modern Healthcare: (10/3) – Modern Healthcare interviewed healthcare experts on how the industry can do better at handling a pandemic situation, including utilizing technology capabilities like remote patient monitoring tools and virtual visits.