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mHealthIntelligence: (9/14) – Centene and Samsung partnered to equip roughly 200 FQHCs across the country with smartphones and tablets, along with 90 days of free wireless service, to help the centers facilitate telehealth meetings with patients who have problems accessing healthcare. “We believe telehealth solutions will significantly improve access to care and are pleased that we can help give providers the telehealth infrastructure they need to take care of underserved communities across the nation,” Michael F. Neidorff, chairman, president and CEO of St. Louis-based Centene, said in a press release.
MobiHealthNews: (9/14) – Researchers at NVIDIA are working on an automated speech recognition and natural language processing technology that can transcribe and organize information from a telemedicine visit both for the patient and clinicians.
Microsoft: (9/15) – Microsoft and Nuance Communications announced the integration of Dragon Ambient eXperience, an ambient clinical intelligence (ACI) solution that is now integrated into Microsoft Teams to broadly scale virtual consults aimed at increasing physician wellness and providing better patient health outcomes.
PRNewswire: (9/15) – 24HourDocs.com launched an online portal for patients in California to see a doctor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The 24HourDocs physicians are U.S. licensed physicians who are board certified in their respective fields. In addition to General Medical Care and Urgent Care, 24hourdocs.com also provides specialists in Mental Health and Gastroenterology and can treat over 100 different non-emergency conditions.
KTUL: (9/15) – New numbers from the Oklahoma Health Care Authority show from March to June of 2019, nearly 12,000 telehealth visits were conducted. In March to June of 2020, the numbers jumped to more than 337,000. "I do think that stat itself is indicative of the future of telemedicine," said Rhett Stover, CEO of OSU Medicine.
Versant Health: (9/15) - Versant Health released a new white paper explaining how virtual eye care is evolving to meet patient needs. The white paper explores scenarios in which ocular telemedicine can appropriately aid ongoing eye care and augment in-person visits. The paper notes that ocular telemedicine is not a replacement for in-office visits with eye-care professionals; instead, it enhances in-office visits by strengthening the ongoing relationship between patients and providers.
Vivify Health: (9/15) – Vivify Health released a new white paper that examines the accelerated adoption of telemedicine and RPM during the COVID-19 pandemic and provides strategies to help some of the nation's largest health systems and providers promote aging in place and strengthen hospital home care programs through telehealth and RPM solutions.
STAT: (9/16) – The rise in remote patient monitoring devices and the patient-consumer is driving a shift in the way health care is delivered. “Millions of Americans suddenly asked themselves, ‘Can I solve this care need without showing up in person?’” said Sean Duffy, chief executive officer and co-founder of Omada Health, a virtual diabetes care provider. “That consumer expectation change is going to be the thing that writes history the quickest.”
Doximity: (9/16) – Doximity published its "2020 State of Telemedicine Report," a comprehensive analysis of telehealth trends in the U.S. since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The report includes a patient survey of over 2,000 U.S. respondents on their attitudes towards telehealth. The study found that 20% of all medical visits will be conducted via telemedicine in 2020, which accounts for more than $29.3 billion of medical services this year alone. Medical services costs for telehealth could increase by 265% in the next three years to $106 billion in 2023. In addition, the number of physicians reporting telemedicine as a skill increased by 38 percent from 2019-20, nearly doubling the 20 percent annual growth rate recorded over the past five years. Read the Healthcare Dive article for more information.
Stanford Health Care: (9/17) – In addition to modifying surgical visits, doctors at Stanford Health Care are increasingly turning to telemedicine, to ensure patients won’t be exposed to the COVID-19 virus during a consultation.
mHealthIntelligence: (9/17) - Lori Baker, MSOL, MSW, director of ambulatory care management, senior services, and post-acute network at TriHealth highlights her health system’s digital transformation process in a recent episode of Healthcare Strategies. TriHealth also recently implemented PointClickCare in its EHR. The technology enables information from a recently discharged patient to automatically transfer to a nursing facility.
American Board of Telehealth (ABT): (9/17) – ABT launched the CORE Concepts in Telehealth Certificate Program, the first certificate made available by the newly formed ABT.
In case you missed it:
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials published a brief on the Impact of Telehealth on Maternity Care offering ways states can improve access to maternal care.
Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association -
published a study showing that black people were more likely to self-report telehealth use in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic. The data comes from a Pew Research Center conducted the survey of more than 10,000 people.