telehealth

By Jonah Comstock September 15, 2016
Telehealth company American Well has added psychiatry services to a subset of its behavioral health offering, with a larger rollout planned for the rest of the year. American Well has offered a behavioral health  module to some of its customers since 2004, but is debuting some new features as well as the addition of psychiatrists, meaning many patients will be able to have mental health drugs...
By Jonah Comstock September 13, 2016
In rural Mississippi, where almost 65 percent of the state's counties are more than a 40 minute drive from specialty care and 68 percent of the providers are in urban areas even though 64 percent of the patients are in rural areas, telehealth takes on an added importance.  Michael Adcock, and administrator at the University of Mississippi Medical Center's Center for Telehealth spoke at the Pop...
By Jonah Comstock August 25, 2016
Home care backend software maker ClearCare has raised $60 million in a round led by global investment firm Battery Ventures. The company will use the investment to pursue new strategic platforms, the company said in a statement. The company's platform enables home care facilities to manage caregivers and patients. Features include matching clients with nearby caregivers and filling shifts if a...
By Jonah Comstock August 17, 2016
The Journal of the American Medical Association published a point-counterpoint set of opinion pieces yesterday on whether ACOs, as an experiment, should be declared a failure. Massachusetts General physician Dr. Zirui Song and Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy Director Elliot Fisher argued for ACOs by pointing to the shades of grey between different types of ACOs and suggesting ways to focus...
By Heather Mack August 15, 2016
A variety of healthcare organizations in rural communities got an infusion of cash as part of a $16 million funding package from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), part of the Department of Health and Human Services. The funding is spread out across 60 communities in 32 states to improve quality of care and research to advance understanding of the unique challenges in each...
By Jonah Comstock August 10, 2016
According to a new report from the National Business Group on Health, nine in 10 large employers, in states where telemedicine is legal, will make telehealth services available to their employees next year, up from seven in 10 this year. The group's annual survey of 133 large employers, who altogether cover more than 15 million Americans, was conducted in May and June 2016. It indicated that...
By Heather Mack August 8, 2016
The Los Angeles Unified School District, one of the country’s largest, will initiate a telehealth program this fall, enhancing the reach of overworked school nurses, providing healthcare for students in underserved areas and cutting down on missed school days by sick students. Five selected schools will be part of a pilot study with Boynton Beach, Florida-based telemedicine company LifeMD, with...
By Jonah Comstock August 4, 2016
Teladoc’s push into chronic disease management, which CEO Jason Gorevic gamely said would land by the end of 2016 at the ATA conference this year, has been delayed, he said on the company’s Q2 call yesterday. “Based on the strong positive feedback from … clients regarding our behavioral health product in particular, we have decided to further invest our resources in behavioral health and in the...
By Jonah Comstock August 3, 2016
Most Bostonians look back on the blizzard of late 2014 less than fondly. But there was a silver lining for Massachusetts General Hospital, which found in the snowstorm the perfect test case for its then-fledgling telehealth program.  “Two years ago, Boston received some record-breaking snowfall,” Marcy Simoni, senior program manager for telehealth at Mass. General said at a recent event, the...
By Heather Mack July 27, 2016
Geoff Clapp, founder of now-defunct consumer health startup Better, delivered a long-awaited post-mortem on the Tech Tonic podcast with Lisa Suennen and David Shaywitz. Better, which launched in 2013 with backing by the Mayo Clinic and The Social+Capital fund, shut down last year. Clapp wrote last year that he planned to publish a post-mortem on Better’s efforts shortly after its closure, but...