telemedicine

By Mike Miliard October 9, 2017
Telehealth projects look different depending on the healthcare organizations putting the technology to work and the goals they're hoping to achieve, said Sue Schade, former CHIME-HIMSS CIO of the Year and current principal at StarBridge Advisors on Tuesday. She should know. Recent years have seen her working at four major health systems with four different strategies and priorities for rolling...
By Jonah Comstock October 3, 2017
Today at Health 2.0, Teladoc rolled out the first tangible fruits of its acquisition of Best Doctors: a new mobile app for clients of both services. "For over 20 million people today, Teladoc [delivers] healthcare that drives better convenience, better value, and better outcomes," Nita Stella, vice president of product strategy, said during a demo of the new app at the conference. "Now with our...
By Jonah Comstock October 2, 2017
Altibbi has raised $6.5 million to support its digital health platform for the Arab world. Middle East Venture Partners and Dash Ventures led the round, with additional participation from TAMM, RIMCO Investments, Endeavor’s Catalyst Fund, and other undisclosed investors. “We are fortunate to work with some of the reputable and supportive venture capital firms and strategic corporate VCs in the...
By Bill Siwicki September 29, 2017
A new U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs proposed rule would allow VA telehealth providers to more easily administer care across state lines. “The Department of Veterans Affairs proposes to amend its medical regulations by standardizing the delivery of care by VA healthcare providers through telehealth,” states the proposed rule, which will officially be published Oct. 2. “This rule would ensure...
By Dave Muoio September 29, 2017
As wide swaths of the southeastern US work to recover from the recent spate of hurricanes, they won’t be reliant on local health care providers alone. Since Hurricane Harvey began threatening the Houston area in late August, telemedicine vendors and healthcare providers alike have opened up their lines to receive emergency calls and support relief efforts free of charge. This isn’t the first time...
By Jonah Comstock September 27, 2017
Senate Bill 870, the Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic Care Act of 2017, or CHRONIC Act for short, has passed in the Senate by a unanimous vote. Among other things, the bill, which was originally introduced in April by Senator Orrin Hatch (R - Utah), includes provisions that would expand Medicare coverage for telemedicine. Along with expanding telemedicine...
By Dave Muoio September 26, 2017
While telemedicine has been touted as a potential care delivery strategy in remote and low-resource settings, successfully sustaining these services has proved difficult. The key to long-term deployment, recent research suggests, could lie in key partnerships between public health systems and entrepreneurial providers of telemedicine. “Telemedicine is very helpful in extending the reach of...
By Bill Siwicki September 25, 2017
Hospital executives are increasingly prioritizing telemedicine for delivering care services as the industry shifts from fee-for-service to value-based care.  Fifty-one percent of the executives and caregivers Reach Health surveyed, in fact, said telemedicine is a high priority and 36 percent ranked it as a medium priority. Only 13 percent responded that telehealth is a low priority today.  For...
By Dave Muoio September 22, 2017
Early adopters left behind on Apple Watch. The upcoming Apple watchOS 4 may be overhauling the wearable’s heart rate detection capabilities, but those who picked up the smartwatch when it first launched in 2015 will have to make due without the added health and fitness features. The Verge attributes this divide to the faster hardware and larger batteries of the Series 1, 2, and 3 watches, which...
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...

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