Telehealth News and Market Developments
mHealthIntelligence: (11/20) – Stanford Children’s Health launched a new chronic disease prevention virtual care program that utilizes telehealth strategies to provide comprehensive HIV-prevention services to patients up to the age of 25 in California. “Virtual care allows us to meet youth where they are, even during transition to college or other moves, and offers an added layer of confidentiality, as it allows providers to communicate with patients one-on-one, without involving a parent or other guardian if that is the patient's preference,” said Geoff Hart-Cooper, MD, founder and medical director of the Virtual PrEP Program.
American Medical Association Telehealth Resolution: (11/18) - The American Medical Association resolved to continue advocating for telehealth after the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly among underserved communities. The agreed-upon policy resolution, included in the AMA's preliminary report released Wednesday, charged the AMA with continuing to advocate "for the widespread adoption of telehealth services in the practice of medicine for physicians and physician-led teams post SARS-COV-2."
The resolution also tasks the AMA with the following steps:
- “Continue to advocate for the widespread adoption of telehealth services in the practice of medicine for physicians and physician-led teams” after the pandemic;
- Advocate that the federal and state governments and agencies and the payer industry “adopt clear and uniform laws, rules, regulations, and policies relating to telehealth services that provide equitable coverage that allows patients to access telehealth services wherever they are located (and) provide for the use of accessible devices and technologies, with appropriate privacy and security protections, for connecting physicians and patients;”
- “Advocate for equitable access to telehealth services, especially for at-risk and under-resourced patient populations and communities, including but not limited to supporting increased funding and planning for telehealth infrastructure such as broadband and internet-connected devices for both physician practices and patients;” and
- “Support the use of telehealth to reduce health disparities and promote access to health care.”
Healthcare IT News: (11/18) – Earlier this year, Geisinger deployed an iPad with the Caregility app to each room of the step-down units. At the touch of a button on the app, the nurse in the room with the patient could access an experienced critical care nurse or provider. “In the units supported by eICU, patients appreciate that there always is somebody in the background helping us make sure they’re not having any problems,” Tracey Kopenhaver, RN, eICU and cardiac ICU operations manager at Geisinger noted. “The bedside nursing and provider staff appreciate the additional support from the eICU staff.”
Fierce Healthcare: (11/16) – During a Fierce Health IT event, experts from Doctor On Demand and Amwell discussed the future of health care and said that among the biggest changes that could come out of the massive shift in telehealth use during the pandemic is that payers will increasingly encourage "virtual first" healthcare.
Home Health Care News: (11/16) – Colorado-based TRU Community Care began providing palliative care through telehealth at the end of 2019. Prior to adding virtual visits, nurses entering patients’ homes were able to complete a maximum of five visits daily, which jumped to nine patients daily after adding virtual visits. The new process also allowed TRU Community Care to more easily track and trend patients’ disease progression over time.
mHealthIntelligence: (11/16) – Cris Ross, the Mayo Clinic’s chief information officer, says the COVID-19 crisis forced the health system to adapt at a rapid rate, moving from about 4 percent of virtual visits before the pandemic to 85 percent during the roughest days of late spring and early summer. As the coronavirus continues its course and the healthcare industry looks to adapt to a new health environment, Ross says health systems like the Mayo Clinic – which is now seeing more than a million users on its app – have to modernize the back end to meet the front end.
Ithaca Journal: (11/15) – Cayuga Health expanded telehealth services to meet patient needs in response to COVID-19. “Telehealth is emerging as an effective and sustainable solution for precaution, prevention and treatment to stop the spread of COVID-19,” states Martin Stallone, President & CEO of Cayuga Health. “This technology bridges the gap between our patients and providers so everyone – especially symptomatic patients – can remain at home and see their physicians for an appointment.