How Philips Has Pivoted In the COVID-19 Pandemic: Connected Care From Hospital to Home

Health Populi

I was scheduled to meet with Roy Jakobs, Chief Business Leader of Connected Care at Philips, at HIMSS in Orlando on 9th March 2020. I’d interviewed Roy at CES 2020 in Las Vegas in January to catch up on consumer health developments, and the March meeting was going to cover Philips’ innovations on the hospital and acute care side of the business, as well as to learn more about Roy’s new role as head of Connected Care.

$100 Million FCC Connected Care Pilot Program Application Window Opens November 6th

Healthcare IT Today

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today announced that the Connected Care Pilot Program application window will open on November 6 at 12:00 p.m.


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Application period for FCC Connected Care Pilot Program now open

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

WHY IT MATTERS. The Connected Care Pilot Program, first formalized on March 31, 2020, is open to nonprofit and public eligible healthcare providers nationwide. The program will use Universal Service Fund cash over three years to help defray connected care costs for selected providers, good for for 85% of the cost of eligible services and network equipment, including: Patient broadband Internet access services. Provider broadband data connections.

$200 Million COVID-19 Telehealth Program from FCC as Part of CARES Act

Healthcare IT Today

This weekend we covered some of the billions of healthcare funding that was included in the CARES Act. One area of CARES Act funding we didn’t highlight for healthcare was $200 million in COVID-19 Telehealth funding that will be administered by the FCC. Here are the most relevant details from the announcement: About the COVID-19 […].

Hospitals Shifting To More Strategic Uses Of Telehealth Technologies

Healthcare IT Today

Well before physicians were prepared to tackle the process, hospital leaders began to offer virtual care options, especially access to options like telestroke care which […]. Clinical Healthcare IT Hospital - Health System IT Telemedicine and Remote Monitoring Connect Care Pro Intermountain Healthcare LifeBridge Health Reach Health telehealth telemedicine Telestroke Virtual Hospital Virtual Urgent Care WellSpan Health

2019: Healthcare IT gains new ground

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

2019: Year in Review It's been an eventful year for health IT. Of course, that's been the case every year over the past decade since the first meaningful use checks were mailed out, kickstarting the digital healthcare age as we know it. As we look back on 2019, it's worth remembering how far the industry has traveled to get here. -- Mike Miliard, Editor. by Healthcare IT News November 22, 2019. Health IT implementation best practices.

Podcast: Telehealth for Parkinson’s care

Meaningful HIT News

He had a lot of interesting things to say and, unlike so many other physicians, was aware of multiple system atrophy, the disease that killed my dad in 2012, so I decided to have him on for a podcast to describe how he is using off-the-shelf telehealth technology to expand access to care, improve patient satisfaction and reduce costs. We, of course, discussed cross-state licensure holding back wider use of remote care, a subject that is very much in the news right now.

VA working with Apple to broaden telehealth access for veterans

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Department of Veterans Affairs says it's collaborating with Apple to boost the availability of telehealth services for veterans across the U.S. WHY IT MATTERS. "I've been able to receive VA care when and where I need it most. The U.S.

VA seeing substantial growth in telehealth, key patient engagement tools

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Department of veterans affairs has been making major investments in innovating its technology and infrastructure in recent years. It's already responsible for the biggest telemedicine infrastructure in the nation, and use of its telehealth services is surging. The sprawling provider network continues to seek new ways to deliver better care to its members where they live, in their communities and their homes. Evans, VA Office Of Connected Care.

Telehealth set for big boost with $100M in new funding from FCC

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr has announced the agency will vote to advance a $100 million Connected Care Pilot Program, enabling telehealth expansion for low-income Americans nationwide. WHY IT MATTERS. Speaking in rural Laurel Fork, Virginia, Carr announced that the new funding is meant to increase access to care to patients and veterans in remote areas such as Appalachia. Moreover, it would enable better health outcomes.

Congress should include telehealth in year-end funding, say ATA, HIMSS

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

The American Telemedicine Association, the Connected Health Initiative and other industry groups issued a letter to Congress on Friday urging legislators to extend temporary telehealth flexibilities until the end of 2021. WHY IT MATTERS. Healthcare IT News is a HIMSS Media publication

When integrating EHR and telehealth, one size doesn't fit all

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

The first, he said, is to consider whether the vendor you're working with actually offers a single-solution platform, or whether it has acquired other platforms along the way. " About half the system uses Epic for its EHR, he said, with the other half on other legacy systems.

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Taskforce on Telehealth Policy releases final report on safeguarding virtual care

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

The Taskforce on Telehealth Policy released a final report on Tuesday outlining its findings and recommendations around safeguarding the future of telehealth after the COVID-19 pandemic. "When COVID happened, we were faced with [needing] another option to get people care.


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For healthcare and life sciences organizations, 2020 began like many other years. Organizations put most “nice to have” projects on hold in order to prioritize delivering immediate triage care, slowing the spread of COVID-19, and accelerating the research and development of a vaccine. .

Cybercriminals seek to take advantage of rapid telehealth scale-up

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

"Cybersecurity isn’t always a priority when it comes to healthcare, but it should be. The consequences of cyber risks can be incredibly severe as healthcare data is particularly personal and sensitive," said Kelly Rozumalski, secure connected health director at Booz Allen, in a statement to Healthcare IT News. WHY IT MATTERS. Kat Jercich is senior editor of Healthcare IT News.

Mayo Clinic uses $1M in FCC funds for connected devices to expand telehealth

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Today, more than one million people from all 50 states and 140 countries come to Mayo Clinic to receive care at sites in Minnesota, Arizona, Florida, Iowa and Wisconsin. Alternatively, direct-to-patient video telemedicine is used to offer follow-up care at a distance.

Health providers rediscover the hidden asset of telemedicine for care management

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Recently, millions of patients have realised how their health is dependent on access to a healthcare facility infrastructure. It became clear that continuity of care for large patient cohorts required reliable communication channels and decision-support systems.

8 must-know lessons from telehealth's new normal

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Telehealth has been around for a long time, but only recently has it gained the critical mass that most have long expected. "It's the overnight success story that was 30 years in the making," said Atrium Health Chief Strategy Officer Dr. Rasu Shrestha.

Most clinicians can't access telehealth directly from EHRs

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

According to a survey released Tuesday by the COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition, the majority of physicians and other qualified healthcare professionals say telehealth is positively influencing clinical outcomes, patient experience, cost and professional satisfaction. WHY IT MATTERS.

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AccessHealth uses telemedicine to boost mental health visits by 10% during COVID-19

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

COVID-19 spurred Houston-based AccessHealth to quickly scale up its telemedicine offerings, just as it did with most other health systems nationwide. NextGen and Zoom for Healthcare both were proposed as telemedicine vendors. Healthcare IT News is a HIMSS Media publication

COVID-19 presents a new chance to make telehealth accessible to the underserved

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

"Regrettably, minority groups are being left behind by the telehealth revolution," said David Smith, executive director for the Medicaid Transformation Project, in an interview with Healthcare IT News. The Medicaid Transformation Project, a strategic initiative through the healthcare innovation network AVIA, seeks to promote healthcare availability for Americans in need while reducing the overall cost of services.

Rush, Ochsner Health System partner on telemedicine, Epic EHR

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

In addition to gaining access to Ochsner’s telemedicine capabilities, Rush’s hospitals and primary care clinics also will be able to tap into Ochsner’s billing practices and other support services. WHY IT MATTERS. Using telemedicine equipment to determine the best treatment options for stroke patients, Ochsner provides neurovascular care coverage 24 hours a day every day of the year. Nathan Eddy is a healthcare and technology freelancer based in Berlin.

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United Methodist Communities has early successes with telehealth and RPM

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

United Methodist Communities, headquartered in Neptune, New Jersey, is a faith-based, not-for-profit senior living and healthcare provider. Skilled nursing facilities take care of the frailest of the country’s elders. Healthcare IT News is a HIMSS Media publication

FCC boosts rural healthcare funding by $198M, with eye toward telehealth expansion

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

The Federal Communications Commission announced this week that it would be allocating more money to be disbursed to rural providers and help them establish the broadband connectivity necessary to implement telehealth and virtual care during the coronavirus crisis. WHY IT MATTERS. In 2018, the FCC developed new rules to help accommodate that increase in demand: Increasing the annual program funding cap for the first time in the Rural Health Care Program's history.

Bipartisan House bill would enshrine telehealth rule changes, enable wider use

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

House of Representatives on Thursday aims to ensure telehealth is able to continue to build on its potential in the years ahead, by making permanent some policies enacted during the pandemic and protecting Medicare beneficiaries' ability to engage in virtual care. WHY IT MATTERS. The legislation seeks to push forward with wider access to and use of telehealth – even beyond this public health emergency with its numerous waivers, allowances and temporary rule changes.

VA efforts to bring tablet-based telehealth to vets see positive results

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

WHY IT MATTERS. The most common home telehealth devices the VA uses are ones that make it possible to connect a veteran patient to a VA hospital using messaging devices that collect information about symptoms and vital signs from the veteran’s own home. “Telehealth technology remains a vital platform to provide high-quality healthcare to all veterans, regardless of challenges they may face in accessing care,” VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said in a statement.

Temple uses $1M of FCC telehealth funding for virtual care platform, tablets and more

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Each year it serves thousands in its emergency department, inpatient behavioral health unit, labor and delivery unit, and other departments. It also has one of the most active trauma units in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Healthcare IT News is a HIMSS Media publication

Why digital healthtech is more important than ever

Digital Leaders HealthTech

We talk a lot about the role of digital tech in healthcareits ability to speed up diagnosis, manage conditions and improve both patient care and the way in which healthcare professionals connect with patients, for example. In these testing times, it is also becoming apparent that the role of digital has an increasingly important part to play in the way we continue to care for the elderly population.

NYC elder care provider using FCC funds for telehealth, protecting seniors from COVID-19

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Social distancing is a key factor in reducing the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, and tele-visits can be a safe and secure means for providers to deliver certain types of care for their patients. Parker is using the Healow application by eClinicalWorks for its telemedicine program.

Portugal showcases national telehealth plan with patients at the center

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Portugal is making big leaps in telehealth development with the newly introduced National Strategic Telehealth Plan (PENTS), the first document in the National Health System in Portugal and one of the first of its kind in the world. Other goals will be to characterise valuable and innovative proposals for the sustainable growth of telehealth and offer a roadmap to carry out the plan and its recommended future implementation.

A guide to telehealth vendors in the age of COVID-19

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Telehealth always has been a key pillar of technology-enabled care delivery that helps hospitals, health systems and group practices deliver quality care at a distance – and often also gain efficiencies, improve patient and provider satisfaction and save costs. Virtual care and remote monitoring have never before been in the spotlight as they are today. All of these are white-labeled so healthcare organizations can ensure their trusted brand remains front and center.

Dozens of orgs call on DEA to enable remote prescriptions for controlled substances

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

More than 80 organizations led by the Alliance for Connected Care called this week for the U.S. WHY IT MATTERS. The legislation required the Attorney General, in consultation with the HHS Secretary, to specify regulations around special registration for telehealth within one year of its passage. Kat Jercich is senior editor of Healthcare IT News. Healthcare IT News is a HIMSS Media publication

Taskforce on Telehealth Policy holds town hall to solicit public input

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

The Taskforce on Telehealth Policy on Tuesday held a virtual town hall to solicit public input for its recommendations concerning the future of virtual care. " Kat Jercich is senior editor of Healthcare IT News. Healthcare IT News is a HIMSS Media publication

A guide to connected health device and remote patient monitoring vendors

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

It is being updated regularly with more vendors. In an age when nearly everyone is digitally connected in some way – even many senior citizens, who are often characterized as technophobic – it only makes sense that the healthcare industry is seeing a lot of connected health devices and remote patient monitoring (RPM) technologies. Connected health devices run the gamut from wearable heart monitors, to Bluetooth-enabled scales, to Fitbits.

Telehealth helps Mayo Clinic neonatologists better treat newborns in emergencies

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Prior to that, Mayo Clinic neonatologists were assisting community hospital care teams via telephone when a newborn required advanced resuscitation or critical care. “Because we were unable to visually assess the newborn, this limited our ability to closely collaborate with the local team and guide care over the phone,” said Dr. Jennifer Fang, medical director, tele-neonatology, at Mayo Clinic. Healthcare IT News is a HIMSS Media publication

At HIMSS20, Philips to debut EMS system and AI capabilities for its HealthSuite

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

At HIMSS20, Philips (Booth 2701) will present its HealthSuite System of Engagement and debut new integrated artificial intelligence capabilities through the HealthSuite digital platform. The enhanced functionality is designed to help healthcare and life science organizations achieve set goals for realizing better health outcomes. its IntelliSpace Corsium, a web-based clinical dashboard focused on pre-hospital monitoring. Today’s technology does not cut it.