Telemedicine

By Aline Noizet 09:51 am May 27, 2020
About the author: Aline Noizet is a connector by heart. Founder of Digital Health Connector, she is passionate about digital health, innovation and connecting the right people to have an impact on patients' lives and support healthcare professionals.  Telemedicine is not new, but people have been reluctant to use it for many reasons including technical barriers, security concerns, and a lack of...

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By Sophie Porter 01:34 am May 27, 2020
The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has made telemedicine provider eConsult its official online consultation tool for primary care. Responding to the need for remote medical care catalysed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the platform has been made available for all medical centres at MOD sites across the globe. The 124 international sites, reaching as far as The Falklands, Brunei and Belize, as well as in...
By Dave Muoio 09:57 am May 22, 2020
Delivering care to underdeveloped regions is vital work, but by no means is it easy. While it's easy to point to new care-delivery technologies like telemedicine as types of magic bullets, deployments both small and large require extensive groundwork and preparation to tackle unexpected difficulties. "Telemedicine is known for bringing care to the underserved, but many underserved patients live...
By Laura Lovett 09:55 am May 19, 2020
Ro, a direct-to-consumer virtual health startup best known for its sexual health products, is dipping into the dermatology space. Patients will now be able to use the service for prescription products that include eczema treatment, medical-grade antiperspirant, and prescription dandruff shampoo.  The company will also be rolling out a “nightly defense skincare” that is a custom prescription...
By Laura Lovett 03:03 pm May 15, 2020
For patients at Banner Health, the waiting room experience just got a lot more digital, thanks to a partnership with LifeLink. The pair are now working on deploying a conversational mobile chatbot to help with intake forms and remote check-ins for both in-person and telehealth visits.  The bots will be able to give patients tech advice when they are using telemedicine. When used at physical...
By Dean Koh 03:10 am May 15, 2020
Singapore-based HeartVoice, which was formed in February 2019 as a joint venture between both iAPPS and Omron Healthcare, announced last week that it will extend the use of its telehealth platform to all healthcare providers for free in the country until 31 July, 2020. HeartVoice said the reason for this was to support safe distancing amongst the public and contribute to the fight against COVID-...
By Dave Muoio 03:50 pm May 13, 2020
A bipartisan group of U.S. senators recently wrote to the leaders of both lawmaking chambers advocating that greater broadband funding for healthcare providers be included in upcoming coronavirus relief packages. The letter, dated May 8, specifically calls for $2 billion to be added to the existing Rural Health Care (RHC) Program to offset telehealth demand driven by the health emergency. It is...
By Dave Muoio 02:50 pm May 13, 2020
Less than a week after the first home-collected saliva test for COVID-19 was authorized by the FDA, at least two consumer-facing telehealth brands say they have cut deals to sell these test kits to the public. The first is consumer telehealth company Hims & Hers, best known for its mail-order wellness and sexual health products for men and women. While the well-funded startup has...

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By Sophie Porter 10:08 am May 13, 2020
Estonian health tech innovator Viveo Health has made its telemedicine platform "Virtual Office for Doctors" free to doctors and medical professionals worldwide. The release comes in line with the increased demand for reliable remote consultation platforms to accommodate safe working during the COVID-19 pandemic. The "Virtual Office" accommodates chat, phone and video functions and works both...

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By Rachel McArthur 09:22 am May 7, 2020
A UAE-based doctor appointment booking platform has fast-tracked the launch of its telemedicine solution to facilitate healthcare services for patients across the country. Okadoc’s new telemedicine offering — available in both Arabic and English — enables virtual consultations with over 400 doctors from over 35 healthcare providers, with the ability to settle fees online. More than 40...