telemedicine

By Jonah Comstock September 19, 2017
Correction: This article has been updated and corrected based on comments from 98point6. Chat-based telemedicine company 98point6 has raised $19.5 million in third-round funding. The round comes from undisclosed private investors and brings the company's total funding to $35 million, according to the company.  The company offers an app that lets users chat with a board-certified physician. All...
By Jonah Comstock September 19, 2017
A new survey from HealthMine of 500 Medicare users aged 65 and older suggests that most Medicare beneficiaries still either don’t have access to telemedicine options or aren’t aware of those options. Since the survey data is self-reported, it’s hard to tell which is the case. Fifty-seven percent of seniors told HealthMine they didn’t know whether their plan offered telemedicine, while 31 percent...
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 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 Jonah Comstock September 10, 2017
A new study reaffirms that medical abortions via telemedicine are no more likely to cause complications than the same procedures conducted in person. Published last week in Obstetrics and Gynecology, the study looked at real world data from seven years of medical abortions in the state of Iowa, a total of 8,765 telemedicine and 10,405 in-person medical abortions. They looked at adverse event...
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Update: A previous version of this post included out-of-date information from an older draft of Talkspace's press release.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...
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...