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By Jonah Comstock January 26, 2018
Last week, we published part 1 of our digital health trends and predictions piece, covering big picture trends like vertical integration and healthcare consumerization, as well as some of the buzzy tech trends of voice, AI, and blockchain. This week, with the help of a range of expert stakeholders, we’re zooming in on four specific areas in digital health to look at what we can expect in the year...
By Dave Muoio January 24, 2018
Telemedicine received a nod from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) in the organization's latest policy paper, which noted the care delivery platform’s capacity to improve allergy patients’ adherence, costs, outcomes, and access to care. The paper, published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, includes a list of 14 positional statements from the...
By Laura Lovett January 19, 2018
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ) is partnering with Boston-based American Well to offer new telehealth options to its members.  “Getting medical attention isn’t always easy to do if you are juggling work and family responsibilities,” Mike Tilton, vice president of sales BCBSAZ, said in a statement. “BlueCare Anywhere helps by giving BCBSAZ members the flexibility to contact a physician...
By Jonah Comstock January 16, 2018
According to American Well CEO Roy Schoenberg, telemedicine regulation is something of a paradox: Everyone in government agrees it’s a good thing, yet it’s challenging to actually get laws passed. “I think there is growing critical mass in Washington that understands that telehealth is one of those rare rare things that even for politicians end up being a tremendous asset,” Schoenberg told...
By Bill Siwicki January 15, 2018
The trend toward healthcare consumerism increasingly is at the forefront of health system decisions. In growing numbers, patients are making healthcare choices based on the ability of providers to bring value in the form of access and experience. This patient-focused mindset is at the heart of Methodist Medical Group's strategic direction, and a key factor in its decision to launch a new...
By Laura Lovett January 11, 2018
A recent study published in the Journal of Telemedicine and Telcare, found that obese patients who had a weekly telemedicine session with a clinician lost significantly more weight than their peers who did not.  “Our findings suggest that health coaching using a telemedicine-based weight loss program may be effective at reducing clinically significant body weight (more than 5 percent) in obese...
By Laura Lovett January 10, 2018
Preventative telemedicine could play a key role in helping school-aged children with asthma manage their condition. A recent study published in JAMA Pediatrics, reported that kids who used telemedicine and in-school care for their asthma had fewer visits to the ER than children who used enhanced usual care.  “The telemedicine model is one form of connected care that enhances access to medical...
By Bill Siwicki January 5, 2018
InTouch Health, which markets an enterprise telehealth platform, will acquire TruClinic, which specializes in direct-to-consumer online virtual care. The goal of the deal is for InTouch to expand its existing portfolio to deliver a fuller range of virtual care programs to healthcare provider organizations, better enabling continuity of care between physicians and patients, said InTouch officials...
January 4, 2018
The U.S. Senate passed the Veterans in E-Health and Telemedicine Support Act of 2017 (VETS Act) on Wednesday evening, bipartisan legislation designed to expand the Department of Veterans Affairs’ telehealth programs and allow VA providers to cross state lines to practice telemedicine. The legislation is crucial to the VA’s Anywhere to Anywhere telehealth program introduced by VA Secretary Dr....
By MobiHealthNews December 27, 2017
This quarter, hospitals and clinics continued to integrate digital health into their practice, using it to engage and treat patients, as well as improve hospital workflows. Telehealth continues to be a growing field. More healthcare providers have expressed interest in expanding their telehealth offerings, according to the Foley survey. Hospitals have also started to integrate augmented and...

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