CVS Health unveils new virtual primary care platform

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

CVS on Thursday announced the launch of its new CVS Health Virtual Primary Care service. The platform will also use an interoperable electronic health record – sharing clinical data with other providers to help patients transition between virtual and in-person care.

Digital Inclusion As Upstream Health Investment

Health Populi

Without access to connectivity during the pandemic, too many people could not work for their living, attend school and learn, connect with loved ones, or get health care. ” It is impossible to disconnect the so-called “care economy” from the larger macroeconomy in the U.S.

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UK Survey Finds Many Denied Test Strips

Insulin Nation

Some 4 in 10 of those who answered that they were denied test strips had Type 1 diabetes or cared for someone with Type 1 diabetes. Nearly half (47%) of those denied test strips had Type 1 diabetes or were caring for someone with Type 1 diabetes. In that survey, some respondents with Type 1 diabetes were accused by health care officials of testing too much or told, erroneously, that more testing didn’t make a difference in blood glucose control.

A Sportscaster Fumbles, But Recovers, with T1

Insulin Nation

Even my primary care physician had misdiagnosed me as Type 2. I am a creature of habit who works most efficiently when faced with a structured diagram of tasks or goals, so my diabetes care added another element of routine to my existence. JASON TENCH / Shutterstock.com. In the book typecast , Andrew Deutscher collects inspirational stories from people with Type 1 diabetes and families affected by Type 1.

New Insulin, Quicker Healing, Bee Endos

Insulin Nation

Studies show that young adulthood is a time when many people with Type 1 fall off the wagon of their diabetes care. A new study from researchers at the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences suggests that many young adults with chronic conditions feel uncomfortable with the transition from pediatric care to “adult” medical care. Lilly vs. Sanofi: European Edition.

Five Medical Use Cases for Telemedicine

American Well

Telehealth often helps patients with urgent or acute care. Patients who begin with a virtual exam and diagnostics may develop relationships that could lead to direct care. Providers can see patients with chronic diseases at home for cost-effective health care maintenance. Beyond urgent or primary care, here are five medical use cases for telemedicine: Specialty #1: Surgery. Psychiatry departments often find telemedicine can be more effective than in-person care.

HIMSS14: Patiently Waiting for Progress

Chilmark Research

Tools for medication adherence or doctor communication continue to be sold as silver bullets to bring down costs of care while improving outcomes; Scalability via SaaS and enterprise IT means that patient engagement can serve as a lynchpin in population health management. B) they still focus heavily on point of care workflow, signaling that EHRs may be the bottleneck when it comes to reaching out to patients between or after visits.

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Minnesota Physician Shortage Shows Need for Virtual Care

American Well

Minnesota needs 850 more primary care physicians by 2020, a report released last week by the Minnesota Hospital Association says. The government is projecting a nationwide shortage of 20,400 primary care physicians by 2020. healthcare community must embrace virtual care to meet these challenges. Click the video below to listen to Dr. Partovi explain how increasing access to care led to the development of Emerge.MD.

Population Health POV — “It’s About Patient Data”

E-CareManagement

As a member of the Editorial Board of Population Health News , I was asked to provide some personal perspectives for the October 2014 issue. Longitudinal Care Service Lines, Geisinger Health. Global Director of Healthcare Transformation, IBM; President, Patient- Centered Primary Care. Health; Instructor, Center for Primary Care, Harvard Medical School; Adjunct Lecturer, Harvard.

Five Medical Use Cases for Telemedicine

American Well

Telehealth often helps patients with urgent or acute care. Patients who begin with a virtual exam and diagnostics may develop relationships that could lead to direct care. Providers can see patients with chronic diseases at home for cost-effective health care maintenance. Beyond urgent or primary care, here are five medical use cases for telemedicine: Specialty #1: Surgery. Psychiatry departments often find telemedicine can be more effective than in-person care.

Video: Farzad Mostashari on patient engagement, ‘physician ACOs’

Meaningful HIT News

Mostashari, now a visiting fellow at the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at the Brookings Institute in Washington, discussed how the years of searching for a business model to coordinate care and engage patients is finally starting to pay off. Related posts: Podcast: HIMSS CEO Steve Lieber, 2014 edition.

Virtual Healthcare: Your Telehealth Questions Answered by a Doctor

American Well

If you follow the latest developments in health care, you may have noticed: telehealth has taken off. Our country is focused on making health care more accessible for Americans, and naturally, telehealth has emerged as a key innovation that can help to make this a reality. As President and Medical Director of the world’s first telehealth practice, Online Care Group, I’m often asked a handful of common questions about telehealth. It’s time to embrace the now of health care.

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Virtual Healthcare: Your Telehealth Questions Answered by a Doctor

American Well

If you follow the latest developments in health care, you may have noticed: telehealth has taken off. Our country is focused on making health care more accessible for Americans, and naturally, telehealth has emerged as a key innovation that can help to make this a reality. As President and Medical Director of the world’s first telehealth practice, Online Care Group, I’m often asked a handful of common questions about telehealth. It’s time to embrace the now of health care.

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Amazon launch Amazon Care service offering Mobile Video Consults with Primary Care Physicians & Nurses

mHealth Insight

It’s of course a great validation of the value of the 3G Doctor service that we launched in 2006 that Amazon have put a similar service at the heart of their new Amazon Care service for employees in the Seattle area. I’m confident that Amazon Care will soon evolve from the 2000 year old office consult model as they clearly extensively use data to enhance the relationships they have with all their customers.

Clinic Release / Physical Therapy / Rural Medicine

SightCall

With changes in the regulatory handling of premature release of patients from hospitals and the subsequent readmission of the patient into the hospital due to complications resulting from the premature release or unclear or improperly implemented outpatient care. Rural or remote patients can also be provided with quality care. Hospice Care Hospice care is enabling aging family members to retain their dignity and giving them the ability to capture their wishes.

How Walmart Could Bolster Healthcare in the Community

Health Populi

Walmart has been a health/care destination for many years. A decade later, can Walmart re-imagine primary care the way the company did low-cost medicines? Here’s a New York Times article from 2014 discussing the company’s vision for expanding primary care. The company that defined Big Box stores in their infancy grew in healthcare, health and wellness over the past two decades, pioneering the $4 generic prescription back in 2006.

More accolades for Topol as ‘connected health’ gains

Meaningful HIT News

Yes, it was Topol who dropped his stethoscope in the trash on stage at TEDMED 2009 and suggested that the handheld ultrasound should become the standard of care by the time the 200th anniversary of the stethoscope rolled around in 2016. I can’t see primary care physicians shelling out that kind of cash when the old technology is $200 or less.

Hospitals Suffer Decline in Consumer Satisfaction

Health Populi

For historic trends, you can check out my coverage of the 2014 version of this study here in Health Populi. ACSI’s 2019 survey found that Humana’s consumer satisfaction also ranks best in class for primary and specialty care doctors among the plans studied.

Caring for veterans: A privilege and a duty

Henry Kotula

President Obama signed a US$16 billion dollar bill to reduce wait times in 2014 to do things like hire more medical staff and open more facilities. The system needs to improve access and timeliness of care, reduce often challenging bureaucratic hurdles and pay more attention to what front-line clinicians need to perform their duties well. There is no question that the VA health care system has to change, and it already has begun this process. Specialized care for veterans.

No Change in Doctors’ Ability to Provide Care

ACA Times

Most primary care doctors report that the Affordable Care Act has caused no change in their ability to provide quality care, although like the general population their opinions about the ACA are about evenly split. Asked how their ability to provide quality medical care has changed since the ACA went into effect in January of 2014, 79% said it has improved or stayed the same, while 20% said it has declined. Affordable Care Act Healthcare Reports

California Requires Insurers To Have Sufficient Providers

ACA Times

California’s Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones issued an emergency regulation to establish stronger requirements for health insurers to maintain sufficient medical provider networks to provide timely access to medical care. During 2014, he noted, many health insurers reduced their medical provider networks and/or shifted to offering Exclusive Provider Organization (EPO) products with no out-of- network benefits.

Obese, Access-Challenged and Self-Rationing: America’s Health Vs Rest-of-World

Health Populi

The northern climbing bar is health care spending in the U.S. healthcare spending in 2014. These policies would address food access and nutrition quality; education that promotes overall literacy, health literacy and digital literacy; promoting physical activity through improving public recreation opportunities, paved sidewalks and bicycle paths; and, universal healthcare coverage that also promotes a strong primary care backbone for all Americans. The U.S.

New Survey Reflects How Consumers Feel About The Health Insurance Marketplace

ACA Times

The Kaiser Family Foundation has released the third installment of a survey series focusing on consumers’ opinions on their health care purchased through the ACA’s Health Insurance Marketplace. 64% of those surveyed have obtained their health care coverage through the Marketplace, while 19% have health care through an ACA-compliant program outside of the Marketplace. Perhaps not as satisfied as 2014, but satisfied nonetheless.

Study Says ACA Has Not Overwhelmed Doctors’ Practices

ACA Times

A new report shows that a year after the Affordable Care Act’s coverage expansion provisions took effect, physicians have not experienced a sharp increase in visits by new or sick patients. Key findings include: New patient volume did not increase significantly during 2014. In fact, new patient visits to primary care providers increased very slightly and were no more complex than those in 2013.

Why You Should Consider Becoming a CCBHC

Iris Telehealth

The CCBHC program began in 2014 to identify healthcare organizations with exceptional, comprehensive care and provide them with additional funding to increase access to services.

Care Coordination, The Holy Grail of Good Medicine

Society for Participatory Medicine

Appropriate patient care revolves around a team of individuals that includes the patient, a variety of clinicians and other providers, caretakers and patient advocates. As clinicians, scientists and innovators develop new technologies to redesign health care to make the patient experience more efficient, effective, and better, coordination of care with the patient at the center must always take priority. Some of the hallmarks of care coordination include: 1.

Reuters Health: Telemedicine surging in US but still uncommon

mHealth Insight

in recent years, the vast majority of American adults still receive care from doctors in person rather than via remote technology, a new study suggests. The goal of telemedicine is to help improve access to specialty care, particularly in rural, underserved areas of the country, researchers note in JAMA. “During the study period, 53 percent of telemedicine visits were for mental health visits, followed by primary care exams at 39 percent.

50M Americans would switch their PCP to a doctor who offers telehealth

American Well

Below are some of the highlights: Consumers are delaying needed care. Today, 67% of consumers say they have delayed seeking care for a health problem. Consumers delay needed care because of high costs, long waits, and busy schedules. Delaying care for serious health concerns can have costly ramifications for the patient and healthcare provider. Consumers now want to see their own primary care physician via telemedicine. Middle of the night care.

50M Americans would switch their PCP to a doctor who offers telehealth

American Well

Below are some of the highlights: Consumers are delaying needed care. Today, 67% of consumers say they have delayed seeking care for a health problem. Consumers delay needed care because of high costs, long waits, and busy schedules. Delaying care for serious health concerns can have costly ramifications for the patient and healthcare provider. Consumers now want to see their own primary care physician via telemedicine. Middle of the night care.

Solving the Disconnections in Connected Care

GlobalMed

But it doesn’t work with the system used by the patient’s primary care provider, even though the provider is in-network. Inpatient adoption has risen from 54 percent in 2014 to 85 percent in 2019 according to Definitive Healthcare’s 2019 Inpatient Telehealth Study. Standardizing for Smarter Care. Telehealth benefits are most profound when one integrated system is leveraged across multiple care teams and clinical disciplines.

KRY, Europe’s leading Digital Healthcare provider, raises $66M in Series B investment ahead of launch in UK and France

Lloyd Price

KRY currently accounts for over 3% of all primary care doctor visits in Sweden and has over 300 clinicians working in the service. Johannes Schildt, KRY CEO and co-founder, comments: "We are going to make the world a healthier place by providing equal access to hassle-free high quality care – regardless of where you live or who you are. KRY is built by patients for patients in light of the highly strained healthcare systems around the globe.

RCGP: “Online consultations don’t necessarily help to alleviate workload pressures on GPs, or improve access to GP services for patients”

mHealth Insight

Online consultations need careful consideration, says RCGP. It’s time they got up to speed with the opportunity that we have today when most of the Patients and Carers that GPs care for now carry an always connected supercomputers and they can be used to enable productive relationships and there’s an abundance of proof that they can not just alleviate but completely side step workload pressures. mHealth Insights.

Telemedicine Today (#tday): January 2016

American Well

Telemedicine has become a reality of today’s healthcare as an option for patients that might once have been difficult to reach, including rural patients, professionals with busy schedules, and patients unable or uncomfortable seeking care in person. While 78% of respondents believed that telehealth improved access to care, only 15% are actually used telemedicine in 2014. In addition, 68% stated that they believe telemedicine helps to improve continuity of care.

Health and Health Coverage in the South

ACA Times

Despite high rates of chronic disease and poor health outcomes in the American south region, only seven of the 17 states in the region have adopted the Medicaid expansion made possible by the Affordable Care Act. Southern states that have adopted the Medicaid expansion experienced a larger decline in the uninsured rate between 2013 and 2014, when the ACA was implemented, than the 10 that have not adopted the Medicaid expansion. Health Care Coverage

Death By Expired Insulin Prescription

Insulin Nation

Kevin, who was on insulin therapy, was found dead in his home in Avon, Ohio on January 8th, 2014. The path may have included some less-than-perfect choices in his self-care, and bad luck; there is still so much that isn’t known. Kevin, however, wanted to just stick with his personal care physician for his diabetes therapy. For example, Indiana state legislators enacted a law in 2014 that bans the sale of insulin without a prescription. Kevin Houdeshell.

FDA and Digital Health Regulation

Health Blawg

If you’re being compliant or adherent you’ll read those three first: SaMD: Key Definitions (2013), SaMD: Possible Framework for Risk Categorization and Corresponding Considerations (2014), and SaMD: Application of Quality Management System (2015).) Health Care Law and Consulting. The FDA had a digital health banner day on December 7, announcing one final guidance and two draft guidance documents (with a 60-day comment period).

Case Study: Southwest Medical’s winning strategy for telehealth

American Well

In 2014, Southwest Medical Associates, one of Nevada’s largest multi-specialty medical groups, partnered with American Well to launch its telehealth service, SMA NowClinic. In the newly released case study , we reveal how Southwest Medical enrolled more than 30,000 patients in its program and conducted more than 20,000 telehealth visits. . Southwest Medical offers primary care, specialty care and urgent care, in addition to a variety of specialized, focused programs.

Case Study: Southwest Medical’s winning strategy for telehealth

American Well

In 2014, Southwest Medical Associates, one of Nevada’s largest multi-specialty medical groups, partnered with American Well to launch its telehealth service, SMA NowClinic. In the newly released case study , we reveal how Southwest Medical enrolled more than 30,000 patients in its program and conducted more than 20,000 telehealth visits. . Southwest Medical offers primary care, specialty care and urgent care, in addition to a variety of specialized, focused programs.

How Millennials are Reshaping the Entire Healthcare Sector

Advanced Medical Reviews

The basic reasons for rethinking IT strategy for millennial workers and patients may also motivate overhauls of care delivery, public relations and other nontechnical departments. Retail clinics, which are often housed in pharmacy chains such as Walgreens, CVS and Walmart, demonstrate one model for extending instant access to care and meeting the expectations we outlined above. Millennials have reshaped healthcare most visibly on the technological front.

Tresiba Gets FDA Approval

Insulin Nation

That was a concern expressed by Dr. Charles Shaefer, a Georgia primary care doctor, during the 2012 FDA advisory panel meeting. “We’ve The fight started in 2014, when the the German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care declared that Tresiba failed to offer any real benefit over existing insulins on the marketplace; this blocked Novo Nordisk from offering their insulin at the price Novo Nordisk wanted.