Telehealth News and Market Developments
Behavioral Health Business: Bicycle Health Teams Up with Wellpath, Federal Bureau of Prisons on Virtual MAT Program (2/23) - Substance use disorder (SUD) startup Bicycle Health has joined forces with medical provider Wellpath and the Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBOP) on a new partnership to treat opioid use disorder (OUD) at reentry centers. As part of the deal, Bicycle Health will provide its virtual medication-assisted treatment (MAT) program to individuals living in FBOP’s Reentry Centers. Wellpath and Bicycle Health will work with formerly incarcerated patients in 42 states to help them get on a treatment plan. Individuals enrolled in the program will have access to Bicycle’s telehealth visits, medication management, peer support groups, psychotherapy and in-home diagnostic testing.
PR Newswire: Biofourmis and Augusta University Health Partner to Improve Clinical Outcomes and Maximize Hospital Capacity Through Continuum-Wide Care at Home (2/22) - Biofourmis, a technology-enabled care delivery provider, announced a four-year engagement with Augusta University Health (AU Health) to expand its Virtual Care at Home program across the continuum. The collaboration will focus on improving throughput in the emergency department (ED) and inpatient setting, reducing hospital readmissions, enabling optimal clinical outcomes, and improving the experience of patients and their families. AU Health's team will utilize the BiofourmisCare monitoring equipment, virtual care solution and analytics platform to monitor patients who are enrolled into the program. For additional coverage, see mHealth Intelligence.
Intermountain Health: Intermountain Health Facilities Earn CHIME 2022 Digital Health Most Wired Level 10 Recognition for Excellence in Healthcare Technology Innovation (2/21) - The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) recognized Intermountain Health’s hospitals and clinics in Utah for achieving CHIME’s Level 10 status in its 2022 Digital Health Most Wired survey. Level 10 facilities leverage technology in innovative ways and encourage deep adoption across the entire organization for improved safety, quality of care, patient and caregiver experience, value, and broader patient access to health care services. Intermountain is one of only 19 health systems nationally to achieve level 10 for acute care, and one of only 18 health systems nationally to achieve level 10 for ambulatory care. For additional coverage, see Becker's Health IT.
Healthcare IT News: Women's Telehealth Program Diminishes Stigma via Technology (2/21) - The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Medical Center has a unique telemedicine program in place to help pregnant and postpartum women. The Listening to Women and Pregnant and Postpartum People (LTWP) is a mid-maturity program and screens for behavioral health needs of pregnant women, and has recently expanded to newborn virtual home visitation for all mothers with births in the hospital. MUSC found that pregnant women enrolled in LTWP were significantly more likely to be screened, screen positive, be referred to treatment, and attend treatment, compared to in‐person screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment.
PR Newswire: Baptist Memorial Health Care Enters Into an Agreement with LookDeep to Expand Inpatient Telehealth Capabilities (2/21) - Baptist Memorial Health Care and LookDeep Health announced a collaboration to expand inpatient telehealth capabilities at Baptist Memorial Health Care. LookDeep's Clinical Action Platform enables health systems to securely tackle inpatient telemedicine needs. LookDeep's advanced AI technology continuously observes patients and prompts hospital staff and aid in supporting patient safety and care. When paired with telemedicine teams, it creates a modern virtual inpatient command center that supports hospital bedside teams and improves patient care. For additional coverage, see Becker's Hospital Review.
Healthcare IT News: Zoom is Helping MaineGeneral Health Boost Its Telehealth Success (2/20) - MaineGeneral Health, a health system based in Augusta, Maine, had telemedicine technology in place at the beginning of the pandemic, but it was impressed with what others were doing with Zoom and soon turned to the video technology. Healthcare IT News interviewed Laura Mrazik, manager of telehealth at MaineGeneral Health, to discuss best uses and best practices with Zoom so others can learn from MaineGeneral's lessons.
BroadbandOhio: BroadbandOhio Selects OCHIN as State Telehealth Administrator (2/15) - BroadbandOhio, a division of the Ohio Department of Development, selected OCHIN as its statewide telehealth administrator to help expand health care services for Ohio’s K-12 students. The new initiative aims to help administrators in at least ten districts implement school telehealth programs. BroadbandOhio plans to establish a steering committee with other state agencies to oversee OCHIN’s efforts. For additional coverage, see Healthcare IT News.