Telehealth News and Market Developments
Amwell: (11/4) – Amwell announced that it has earned full URAC Accreditation in Telemedicine. URAC is the independent leader in promoting healthcare quality through leadership, accreditation, measurement, and innovation.
Healthcare IT News: (11/4) – TriHealth, a health system based in Cincinnati, Ohio, experienced a 3,650% increase in telehealth use after switching to Zoom.
Healthcare IT News: (11/3) – HealthTree founder Jenny Ahlstrom, who was diagnosed with multiple myeloma a decade ago, said policy changes that have facilitated access to virtual care should remain permanent. Near the beginning of the pandemic, HealthTree asked 1,100 patients about their use of virtual care. By April or so, 60% said they'd used telehealth, compared with 10% before COVID-19. One big reason for that is the ability to access specialists around the country, Ahlstrom said.
Washington Post: (11/2) – MedStar Health system has reached 500,000 telehealth visits during the pandemic. Telehealth visits became a central part of trying to manage the spread of the novel coronavirus, with many hospitals and medical offices expanding their online capacity so patients who were under shutdown orders or concerned about exposure could still receive care. “There was a time at which 100,000 video visits was considered a pretty important milestone,” said Ethan Booker, an emergency room physician and medical director of Medstar’s telehealth innovation center and video visit programs, and an Alliance Board Member. “And so to be at five times that number is to my mind — someone who’s been doing telehealth now for five years — just an astronomical number,” he said.
Becker’s Hospital Review: (11/2) – A panel of telehealth experts weighed in on challenges and opportunities that have been spotlighted by the pandemic during a session at the Becker's Telehealth Virtual Forum this week. Dr. Adam Landman, CIO of Brigham and Women's Hospital noted that one of the challenges is determining what the appropriate amount of telehealth is. Dr. Keith Griffin, CMIO of Novant Health Medical Group, remarked that he hopes telehealth continues to be part of a care plan. And, Dr. Todd Czartoski, chief executive of telehealth, chief medical technology officer at Providence noted that CMS regulations and limitations prevented telehealth expansion in the past.
The Daily Record: (11/2) – Two Ohio healthcare companies have partnered with Amazon to offer telemedicine services with free prescription medications to the retail giant's customers
Accreditation Commission for Health Care: (10/2) – ACHC announced the launch of its Distinction in Telehealth for healthcare providers. ACHC collaborated with Health Recovery Solutions (HRS), a national provider of telehealth and remote patient monitoring solutions, to develop the accreditation distinction.
Morneau Shepell: (11/2) – Morneau Shepell, a provider of wellbeing, mental health and digital mental health services, announced the launch of its first unified telemedicine solution in the United States.