Telemedicine

By Laura Lovett 10:26 am February 26, 2020
Direct-to-consumer virtual health company Ro is now offering allergy care. The launch means that users of Roman and Rory will be able to get prescription allergy medications through the platform’s telemedicine model.  While the company said that the new service will not be treating food allergies or uncontrolled asthma, it will cover seasonal allergies, including conditions like hay fever. ...
By Jonah Comstock 03:44 pm February 19, 2020
This story has been updated to include additional information. Israel’s Sheba Medical Center is preparing to take custody of the 12 Israeli passengers onboard the Diamond Princess, the cruise ship that has been quarantined in Japan for several weeks because of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The group does not include any confirmed cases — the two Israelis in that number are being treated in a hospital...
By Laura Lovett 03:45 pm January 29, 2020
Telemedicine efforts have been cropping up across the world with the goal of bringing specialty care to more underserved regions.  One such example comes from Yaya Mbaoua, CEO of The Mbaoua Group, which has been an integral part of a pilot program to bring telemedicine to Zimbabwe. He will be speaking about his experiences at HIMSS20 in his session “Transforming Africa’s Health Crisis with...
By Dave Muoio and Laura Lovett 11:32 am January 29, 2020
A new menopause health service has launched in California that offers women remote consultations and, for the first time, mail-order prescriptions of menopause hormone replacement therapies. Called CurieMD, the telemedicine platform offers consumers video consultation with a board-certified midlife health practitioners (free at launch, and $39 for follow-up appointments). Should that practitioner...
By Laura Lovett 02:11 pm January 27, 2020
Getting the right specialty care to patients in rural areas has historically posed major challenges for the healthcare industry.  However, a new study published by the Open Forum Infectious Diseases found that when hospitals tapped infectious disease specialists via an electronic, asynchronous tool, patients fared better and had fewer hospital readmissions than their counterparts that did not...
By Dean Koh 02:02 am January 21, 2020
Prudential Myanmar, the wholly-owned business unit of Prudential Corporation Asia and MyanCare, a telemedicine company, announced last week a first-of-its kind partnership to improve healthcare access for people across the country. Through the ‘PRUCare’ program, Prudential Myanmar will provide complimentary healthcare consultation to 5,000 families in Myanmar facilitated through the MyanCare...
By Laura Lovett 02:29 pm January 9, 2020
Yesterday tech-enabled women’s health startup Advantia Health announced it has scored $45 million in new investments in a round led by BlueMountain Capital Management.  As part of the deal BlueMountain’s Jim Pieri and Ameya Agge are set to join Advantia’s Board of Directors.  WHAT THEY DO  The Arlington, VA-based startup provides women with medical care in a variety of physical locations,...
By Laura Lovett 02:12 pm January 7, 2020
Telehealth is now reaching some of the most remote places on the planet, and even beyond just Earth. Recently the New England Journal of Medicine published a case study outlining a situation when telehealth came into practice in outer space.  Two months into a six-month space journey, a NASA astronaut was undergoing an ultrasound on the International Space Station (ISS) when a potential blood...
By Dave Muoio 01:53 pm December 18, 2019
Babylon Health is lining up strategic partners as it targets January 2020 for the US launch of its triage chatbot service, according to comments from the company’s US lead that were later confirmed to MobiHealthNews by a spokesperson. Kurt Blasena, Babylon’s senior managing director of commercial strategy and revenue growth, said that the London-based company has already secured two “very large”...

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By Leontina Postelnicu 12:11 pm December 17, 2019
It’s no secret that the healthcare industry’s delay in getting up to speed with the digital revolution is posing additional challenges for clinicians already working under immense pressure.  And they’re not alone, as patients themselves are growing increasingly frustrated. In the past few years, we have seen an upward trend in them voicing their struggles, with some even taking a hands-on...