virtual visits

By Heather Mack 04:22 pm June 16, 2017
Over the last five years, there has been considerable traction in two non-traditional approaches to healthcare: implementation of telemedicine, and the prescribing of marijuana to treat some health conditions. But some states are nervous about the two overlapping, choosing to specifically ban the use of telemedicine to prescribe medical marijuana at the same time as expanding legal use of the...
By Heather Mack 05:31 pm June 8, 2017
Westborough, Massachusetts-based EMR provider eClinicalWorks has added telehealth capabilities to its mobile app. The company’s device-agnostic platform also provides tools for practice management and patient engagement, and the addition of the TeleVisits feature aims to nudge eClinicalWorks into that one-stop-shop territory.  Using eClinicalWorks’ health and online wellness (healow) app,...
By Heather Mack 12:37 pm May 3, 2017
San Francisco-based telemedicine provider Doctor on Demand has added another layer to its virtual visits with the integration of laboratory services with Quest Diagnostics and LabCorp, which will be available in the coming months. Rather than interrupt their service and create additional paperwork or communication chains, clinicians practicing with Doctor on Demand can continue playing the...
By Heather Mack 05:06 pm April 28, 2017
While the word “telemedicine” was once considered a catch-all term for any type of healthcare service administered remotely, it’s become evident over the last decade that the word can be applied to the myriad virtual care services, tools and companies out there today. So in effort to get an idea of where the industry is heading in the next few years, a panel at the American Telemedicine...
By Heather Mack 04:55 pm April 25, 2017
As fun as FaceTime or other video calls can be, many people may choose to decline an incoming face-to-face chat for the simple reason of, well, not wanting to show their face. Understandably, when people are sick and are choosing to engage with their doctor virtually, they may not leap at the choice of a video visit. “When we talk about telemedicine, a lot of people immediately think video. But...
By Heather Mack 01:50 pm April 13, 2017
Accessing medical services across the expansive state of Montana can be tough. With a majority of residents marooned in rural areas that can be separated by significant distances or poor road conditions, more people are using telemedicine to meet with their doctors. Accordingly, legislators have introduced a bill to put, as Representative Kirk Wagoner said, “sideboards on the practice of...
By Heather Mack 10:58 am February 21, 2017
Telemedicine provider MDLive, which has a behavioral health network of more than 1,300 mental health professionals, is now offering virtual psychiatric services with contracted psychiatrists in all 50 states. MDLive originally launched behavioral health services in November 2014 after they acquired online behavioral therapy provider Breakthrough Behavioral. Since that acquisition, the company...
By Brian Dolan 03:12 pm June 2, 2016
A year ago the American Medical Association's ethics council almost took a vote to adopt a set of guidelines focused on ethical considerations related to the use of online or mobile visits between patients and physicians, but a physician from Texas helped convince the committee to rethink its plans and table the discussion until later that year. Now, 12 months later, the guidelines appear to have...
By Aditi Pai 11:56 am May 12, 2016
Some 25 percent of healthcare providers said they have implemented telehealth and telemedicine programs that are financially stable and improving efficiency, according to a KPMG survey of 120 individuals, who said they work for healthcare providers. KPMG defines telehealth as technology that connects clinicians with their patients and telemedicine as technology that connects clinicians to other...
By Jonah Comstock 12:11 pm October 8, 2015
American Well Even as Teladoc and American Well fight out their legal battle over patents, the two companies continue to duke it out in the marketplace as well, as does another challenger, Doctor on Demand. On Friday a Deutsche Bank analyst broke the news in a research note that Highmark, a health insurer in Western Pennsylvania, chose not renew contracts that represented $1.5 million in...