telehealth

By Laura Lovett January 19, 2018
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ) is partnering with Boston-based American Well to offer new Telehealth options to its members.  “Getting medical attention isn’t always easy to do if you are juggling work and family responsibilities,” Mike Tilton, vice president of sales BCBSAZ, said in a statement. “BlueCare Anywhere helps by giving BCBSAZ members the flexibility to a physician...
By Jonah Comstock January 16, 2018
According to American Well CEO Roy Schoenberg, telemedicine regulation is something of a paradox: Everyone in government agrees it’s a good thing, yet it’s challenging to actually get laws passed. “I think there is growing critical mass in Washington that understands that telehealth is one of those rare rare things that even for politicians end up being a tremendous asset,” Schoenberg told...
By Bill Siwicki January 15, 2018
The trend toward healthcare consumerism increasingly is at the forefront of health system decisions. In growing numbers, patients are making healthcare choices based on the ability of providers to bring value in the form of access and experience. This patient-focused mindset is at the heart of Methodist Medical Group's strategic direction, and a key factor in its decision to launch a new...
By Bill Siwicki January 5, 2018
InTouch Health, which markets an enterprise telehealth platform, will acquire TruClinic, which specializes in direct-to-consumer online virtual care. The goal of the deal is for InTouch to expand its existing portfolio to deliver a fuller range of virtual care programs to healthcare provider organizations, better enabling continuity of care between physicians and patients, said InTouch officials...
By Dave Muoio January 3, 2018
A newly announced collaboration between the Mayo Clinic and Corindus Vascular Robotics may pave the way for off-site coronary procedures. The partnership, backed by a recent grant awarded to the clinic, will take the form of a multi-phase preclinical investigation of the feasibility of telestenting — robotic percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures conducted remotely. PCI is a non-...
By Dave Muoio December 20, 2017
Telehealth adoption may be increasing with each year, but the majority of consumers still aren’t onboard with the technology in healthcare, according to a recent report backed by telehealth provider Avizia. Nearly half of these consumers reported that they would be less comfortable during a telehealth visit in comparison to an in-person visit, and two-thirds said that they were unsure whether the...
By Dave Muoio November 28, 2017
As new telemedicine players sprout from the woodwork and employers more frequently offer telehealth options to their employees, a new breed of doctors may be needed to match the technology’s growing popularity. In a recent editorial published in JAMA, NewYork-Presbyterian physicians argued that adoption of a new multidisciplinary medical specialty focused on virtual care would best prepare...
November 20, 2017
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General will audit Medicaid payments for telemedicine and telehealth payments to ensure compliance with reimbursement requirements. The report is scheduled for 2019, given the breadth and scope of the project. The audit was added to OIG’s work plan this week, as the agency noted a “significant increase in claims for these...
By Dave Muoio November 20, 2017
Nomad Health’s online freelance marketplace for healthcare professional staffing now includes postings for telehealth positions alongside traditional healthcare roles. With the updated service, doctors interested in telehealth practice will be able to view and apply to open position listings from several telehealth service providers, including American Well and First Stop Health. Current...
By Jonah Comstock November 2, 2017
Roman, an online men's health platform initially focused on erectile dysfunction, launched this week with $3.1 million in funding. General Catalyst led the round, with participation from Initialized Capital, Box Group, and Slow Ventures. The company also announced a number of angel investors including Casper CEO Philip Krim, Bark CEO Matt Meeker, WayUp CEO Liz Wessel, Code Academy CEO Zach Sims,...
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