telemedicine

By Dave Muoio August 7, 2018
Telemedicine may help practitioners better reach their patients, but the convenience could come at a cost for the provider. In a qualitative study recently accepted in Nature’s Pediatric Research journal, pediatric doctors conducting telemedicine consultations report a number of medical and non-medical challenges that are not present during face-to-face encounters. "It is clear that doctors...
By Laura Lovett August 1, 2018
Looking towards growth, MDLive announced this morning that it has closed a $50 million investing round led by Health Velocity Capital with existing investors Cigna Corporation and Health Care Service Corporation. Novo Holdings A/S and Industry Ventures also participated in the round. “As telehealth continues its rapid integration into the healthcare space, this financing has provided us with a...
Walgreens launches new a digital platform for connecting customers to healthcare providers
By Jonah Comstock July 26, 2018
Walgreens Boots Alliance has launched a new digital platform, available through its mobile app and website, called Find Care Now. The service is designed to be a curated way to connect customers to a range of healthcare providers that Walgreens has partnered with, including telemedicine companies, digital-enabled house call companies, and more traditional providers. “Find Care Now is ultimately a...

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By Laura Lovett July 25, 2018
Update: The telemedicine scene referred to in this article was cut from the US version of "Sharkwrecked." It will still be in the international version. Correction: The survivalists blew up a boat. A previous version of this article misstated that the divers were in an inflatable boat.  Telemedicine is getting a cameo on Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. Set to premier tomorrow night, the show "...
By Dave Muoio July 23, 2018
Anthem plan members who own a Samsung Galaxy device are now able to use American Well’s LiveHealth Online telehealth service through the Samsung Health app, the companies announced today. LiveHealth Online facilitates video consultations with US-based, board certified providers who can diagnose users’ non-emergency medical conditions and submit a prescription if necessary. The service is...
US Army triage training

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By Dave Muoio July 19, 2018
The US Army’s medical division has been building a mobile technology platform that will streamline triage and communications in the event of medical evacuations, and is now looking for units to pilot the technology according to a recent release from the service’s public affairs division. The Medical Hands-free Unified Broadcast, or MEDHUB, initiative looks to leverage wearable sensors,...
By Dave Muoio July 19, 2018
California-based telehealth provider InTouch Health inked a letter of intent alongside Rite Aid to explore how the virtual care platform can be implemented by the retail pharmacy chain to boost customers’ access to care. Specifically, the deal looks to bring InTouch’s technology to health kiosks owned by Rite Aid. These kiosks could be placed in Rite Aid’s pharmacies, or installed in “alternative...
Telemedicine laws in the U.S.

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By Jonah Comstock July 16, 2018
Last week’s announcement of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ new fee schedule could mean a big increase in the amount of care given via telemedicine that’s reimbursed by Medicare. But for its state-funded cousin Medicaid, the availability of telemedicine services varies greatly based on where you are. A new survey out last week from Manatt Health looks at Medicaid fee-for-service...
CMS releases new rule for payers about MIPS, fee schedule
By Mike Miliard July 16, 2018
The "historic changes" announced late yesterday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, promising big adjustments to its policies around the Physician Fee Schedule and the Quality Payment Program, already have the healthcare industry talking. CMS says it wants to incentivize the use of and access to virtual care and telehealth, to ease the quality reporting burden on physicians by...
By Dave Muoio July 13, 2018
Key Benefit Administrators (KBA), an Illinois-based administrator of self-funded employee welfare benefit plans for enterprises, has brought a lawsuit against Teladoc alleging a breach in obligations, pecuniary loss, defamation, and tortious interference all stemming from $450,000 in overcharges. In a statement to MobiHealthNews, Teladoc said that it was “optimistic” that this dispute could be...