telehealth

By Jonah Comstock September 18, 2017
A new study of 120 sports medicine patients shows that telemedicine saved patients an average of $50 in travel costs and 51 minutes in waiting and visit time, and saved a health system $24 per patient. The study, which has not yet been published, was presented last week at American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition. It was conducted by Nemours Health System. "We know that...
By Dave Muoio September 14, 2017
Accreditation proposals target telehealth. The Joint Commission has proposed changes to its accreditation standards related to telehealth, which would apply to all accredited hospitals and organizations offering these services as well as their telehealth contractors. The proposals, Nathaniel Lacktman of Foley & Lardner LLP writes, require hospitals to confirm patients’ locations when...
By Bill Siwicki September 12, 2017
Nemours, which owns the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware, along with major pediatric specialty clinics in Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, said it will offer free telehealth consultations to children affected by Hurricane Irma. Families who need to access healthcare now have free access to Nemours’ pediatricians through a smartphone, tablet or desktop....
By Jeff Lagasse September 6, 2017
Update: A previous version of this post included out-of-date information from an older draft of Talkspace's press release.  Online therapy company Talkspace is now flush with $31 million in new financing. Qumra Capital, an Israel-based growth stage fund, led the Series C round and was joined by existing investors Norwest Venture Partners, Spark Capital, SoftBank, Compound Ventures, and FirstTime...
By Jonah Comstock September 5, 2017
Increased investment in telehealth for providers, employers, and payers has become a reality, a forward momentum that is unlikely to be turned around. But even as adoption ticks up and state and national legislatures open the doors for more telehealth use and reimbursement, recent studies have shown mixed results about the efficacy of the technology.  About a year ago, in an effort to standardize...
By Jeff Lagasse August 30, 2017
Updated to include American Well's Harvey offerings The devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey and its subsequent tropical storm has caused hardships for many living in southeastern Texas and parts of Louisiana. One of the many things extreme weather makes difficult is accessing healthcare services, a near impossibility when a deluge of rain has trapped people in homes and shelters.  ...
By Jonah Comstock August 30, 2017
Allscripts will work with Vidyo to integrate video visits directly into its patient portal, the EHR vendor announced today. Users of Allscript's FollowMyHealth portal will be able to launch a video consultation over the Vidyo.io platform directly in the app or desktop interface. “Allscripts strives to continually provide a fully engaged patient platform, giving patients and their families the...
By Mike Miliard August 21, 2017
Fruit Street Health, a New York City-based telemedicine company, says it's the first organization to be recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to deliver its National Diabetes Prevention Program through classes delivered by live video feed. The DPP is based on research that found people at risk for diabetes can prevent or delay the its onset by losing a modest amount of...
August 17, 2017
A recent study from the University of Wisconsin found that encouraging patients to use online care options increases the number of office visits and phone calls and reduces the number of new patients providers can accept. The reason? These providers feel an added obligation to see those patients in person. The study, which covered five years of healthcare encounters for over 140,000 patients with...
July 6, 2017
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Midwest Health Care Network signed a collaborative agreement with the Air Force Medical Operations Agency, to provide five military treatment facilities with access to the VA’s Tele-ICU capabilities, the VA announced this week. The agreement covers Air Force patients in Las Vegas; Hampton, Virginia; Biloxi, Mississippi; Dayton, Ohio; and Anchorage, Alaska...