December 8, 2014
iTriage, the mobile health app company acquired by Aetna in 2011, has plans to become a personal virtual healthcare concierge, according to new President Jim Greiner, who told MobiHealthNews the move could include expansion into price transparency and even virtual visits.
"One of the things that differentiates us compared to all other connected apps out there is we’re really good at integrating...
October 13, 2014
The US Department of Veterans Affairs announced that 690,000 US veterans received care in the 2014 fiscal year via telehealth, with 2 million telehealth visits scheduled. That means that 12 percent of all veterans enrolled in VA programs received telehealth care of some kind in 2014.
“We have to adapt to meet veterans wherever their needs are,” VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald said in a statement...
October 13, 2014
About a year ago when Google launched its video chats service and directory Helpouts, which connects people to experts in a wide variety of fields, reports emerged that the search giant was now offering video visits with doctors.
Soon after Helpouts' launch, tech-savvy primary care provider One Medical Group's CEO Dr. Tom Lee told VentureBeat that his company was working with...
June 12, 2014
This week, a bevy of telehealth stakeholders sent incoming HHS secretary Sylvia Burwell a letter as part of ongoing efforts to improve the legal and political climate for telehealth. But virtual visit practioners -- whether using video, telephone, or software -- are managing to do pretty well despite some coverage restrictions. There's at least 12 companies in this burgeoning space, and that...
September 26, 2013
Barriers to reimbursement for telehealth services are falling, slowly.
One of the most recent victories came in Massachusetts, where lawmakers this summer approved a general appropriations bill that included Medicaid reimbursement for remote monitoring services in patient homes. This action, passed over a veto by Gov. Deval Patrick, makes Massachusetts the 12th state to approve Medicaid payments...
September 16, 2013
Tacoma, Washington-based Franciscan Hospital Systems, is partnering with Seattle telemedicine company Carena to offer virtual urgent care visits to all prospective patients in the hospital system's coverage area. Franciscan has seven hospitals and 100 clinics, covering most of the Puget Sound area of Washington state.
"The value proposition from the system is if we can take care of people...