Can Telemedicine Increase Health Equity? A Conversation with Antoinette Thomas, Dave Ryan, and Me with the ATA

Health Populi

“Yes,” we concurred on our session convened by the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) EDGE session today. Antoinette posed three questions for all of us to brainstorm, addressing various aspects of health equity. But connectivity became a Super Determinant of health.

Virtual Health Tech Enables the Continuum of Health from Hospital to Home

Health Populi

In the COVID-19 pandemic, as peoples’ daily lives shifted closer and closer to home, and for some weeks and months home-all-the-time, health care, too, moved beyond brick-and-mortar hospitals and doctors’ offices. Indeed, the home is the new health hub.


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Value-Based Health Care Needs All Stakeholders at the Table – Especially the Patient

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Note: I may be biased as a University of Michigan graduate of both the School of Public Health and Rackham School of Graduate Studies in Economics]. The coolest thing in health policy in the 21st century!!

Emerging with A Stronger Healthcare System Post-COVID: NAM’s Lessons Learned

Health Populi

health care system that existed before the public health crisis. What lessons can be learned from the COVID-19 stress-test to build American health care back better? recognizing and re-committing energy and resources to social determinants of health and health justice.

Ten In Ten: Manatt’s Healthcare Priorities to 2031

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health care system, especially laying bare inequities and inertia in American health care, explained in The Progress We Need: Ten Health Care Imperatives for the Decade Ahead from Manatt Health. Achieve health equity. Address social determinants of health.

Women’s Health Policy Advice for the Next Occupant of the White House: Deal With Mental Health, the Pandemic, and Health Care Costs

Health Populi

A new study from Tia, the women’s health services platform, looks deeply into COVID-19’s negative impacts on working-age women and how they would advise the next occupant of the White House on health policy in Dear Future President — What Women Want for Healthcare in America.

The Economics of the Pandemic Put Costs at the Top of Americans’ Health Reform Priorities

Health Populi

In 2021, patients-as-health-consumers seek lower health care and prescription drug costs coupled with higher quality care, discovered by the patient advocacy coalition, Consumers for Quality Care. 90% conducted research into health care costs.

Rebuilding Resilience, Trust, and Health – Deloitte’s Latest on Health Care and Sustainability

Health Populi

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated health care providers’ and plans’ investment in digital technologies while reducing capital spending on new physical assets, we learn in Building resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond from the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions.

Most Virtual Care Consumers, Satisfied With Visits in the COVID Era, Expect It for Future Care

Health Populi

health care providers set up virtual care arrangements to convene with patients. Each of these health consumers had at least one virtual care visit between February and May 2020. COPD, diabetes, hypertension), 24% for an acute need like pain, and 21% for mental/behavioral health needs.

The Digital Consumer, Increasingly Connected to Health Devices; Parks Associates Kicking Off #CES2021

Health Populi

But the coronavirus era also saw broadband households spending more on connecting health devices, with 42% of U.S. consumers owning digital health tech compared with 33% in 2015, according to research discussed in Supporting Today’s Connected Consumer from Parks Associates.

Addressing Health Equity Must Include Digital Equity Beyond Access To Medical Services and Insurance

Health Populi

The 21st Century Cures Act emphasizes patients’ control of personal health information. ONC rules issues in March 2020 called for more patient-facing health tools and apps to bolster health consumer engagement and empowerment. Health Populi’s Hot Points: As the U.S.

The Health Care Cost Curve is Bending Down – A New View from Deloitte

Health Populi

Over the next 20 years, health care spending in the U.S. health economics in the year 2040 from Deloitte. Current spending on health care in America is roughly $4 trillion (with a “t”) dollars, approaching 20% of the nation’s economy.

Telehealth and COVID-19 in the U.S.: A Conversation with Ann Mond Johnson, ATA CEO

Health Populi

The coronavirus spawned another kind of gift to China and the nation’s health citizens: telemedicine, the essay explains. COVID-19 accelerated telemedicine adoption, the story goes, being accessed mainstream through major regions of China.

In the Past Ten Years, Workers’ Health Insurance Premiums Have Grown Much Faster Than Wages

Health Populi

who benefits from health insurance at the workplace, the annual family premium will average $21,342 this year, according to the 2020 Employer Health Benefits Survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Most workers faced a deductible in their health plan. For a worker in the U.S.

Our Homes Are Health Delivery Platforms – The New Home Health/Care at CES 2021

Health Populi

But for those of us working with and innovating solutions for health and health care, #CES2021 was baked with health goodness , in and beyond “digital health” categories. Heart health at home. The increasingly smart bathroom for health.

Estimates of COVID-19 Medical Costs in the US: $20K for inpatient stay, $1300 OOP costs

Health Populi

In the midst of growing inpatient admissions and test results for COVID-19, Congress is working as I write this post to finalize a round of legislation to help Americans with the costs-of-living and (hopefully) health care in a national, mandated, clarifying way.

Health Consumers Value Sharing and Downloading Health Data, But Privacy Concerns Remain

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are growing their health IT muscles and literacy, accelerated in the coronavirus pandemic. adults 18 and over to determine peoples’ perspectives on personal health information in light of their pandemic era experiences. People in the U.S.

Health Care In the COVID-19 Era – PwC Finds Self-Rationing of Care and Meds Especially for Chronic Care

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are self-rationing care in the era of COVID-19 by cutting spending on health care visits and prescription drugs. PwC explored how COVID-19 is influencing consumers’ health care behaviors in survey research conducted in early April by the Health Research Institute.

Economic Anxieties Rise, Medical and Vacation Plans Delayed: the COVID-19 Consumer in June 2020

Health Populi

28% of Americans said they’d reschedule the medical service once they “no longer believe” there is a high risk of COVID-19 infection in returning to a health care provider. The analog here for the health consumer is that millions of U.S. Some 6 in 10 people in the U.S.

Health/Care Everywhere – Re-Imagining Healthcare at ATA 2019

Health Populi

“ATA” is the new three-letter acronym for the American Telemedicine Association, meeting today through Tuesday at the Convention Center in New Orleans. Ann Mond Johnson assumed the helm of CEO of ATA in 2018, and she’s issued a call-to-action across the health/care ecosystem for a delivery system upgrade. Best Buy Health has been developing partnerships in healthcare, in B2B2C mode, channeling into peoples’ homes for healthy living and aging well “in place.”

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What we’ve learned from the telemedicine explosion

Henry Kotula

In our decades in healthcare, we’ve never seen a faster care transformation than the rapid growth in telemedicine sparked by COVID-19. This week, we convened leaders from across our Gist Healthcare membership to share learnings and questions about their telemedicine experiences. [link].

Telehealth Awareness, Access and Adoption: Updates from J.D. Power, the ATA and FAIR Health

Health Populi

Power,” your mind probably imagines reviews of automotive performance, retail shopping experiences, or perhaps even health insurance plan customer service. Expanding its report-card role in the health ecosystem. I’ll also weave in the latest insights from the ATA 2019 State of the States report updating legislative/regulatory telemedicine activity at the U.S. In 2019, 28 states have payment parity policies for Medicaid. That is, mental health issues.

Open Table for Health: Patients Are Online For Health Search and Physician Reviews

Health Populi

Seeking health information online along with researching other patients’ perspectives on doctors are now as common as booking dinner reservations and reading restaurant reviews, based on Rock Health’s latest health consumer survey, Beyond Wellness for the Healthy: Digital Health Consumer Adoption 2018. The growth of tracking and wearable tech is moving toward more medical applications beyond fitness and wellness, Rock Health found.

Op-Ed: As a doctor, I use telemedicine. With the coronavirus threat, it could revolutionize healthcare

Henry Kotula

Here’s one thing I hope will come out of the crisis: an increased reliance on telemedicine, something that should have happened long ago. I had been skeptical of telemedicine going in. And, most of all, I hope it pushes us to embrace telemedicine. [link].

How Digital Health Can Stimulate Economic Development

Health Populi

It’s National Health IT Week in the US, so I’m kicking off the week with this post focused on how digital health can bolster economic development. As the only health economist in the family of the 2018 HIMSS Social Media Ambassadors, this is a voice through which I can uniquely speak. A lesser-known component of ARRA was Title XIII, the HITECH Act, which funded hospitals’ and physicians’ adoption of electronic health records systems (EHRs).

Telemedicine’s Reimbursement Outlook for 2020


Telemedicine reimbursement is always changing. Generous policies can drive telehealth offerings, just as restrictions can create a financial disincentive. The Center for Connected Health Policy’s recent report State Telehealth Laws & Reimbursement Policies notes a few trends.

Two Forms of Telemedicine: Synchronous vs. Asynchronous

Lloyd Price

What is Synchronous Telemedicine? The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) defines synchronous telemedicine as "live video-conferencing," which is a "two-way audiovisual link between a patient and a care provider."

How To Become a Telemedicine Provider


From medical emergencies to ordinary exams, telemedicine is shattering healthcare barriers all over the world. In addition to reducing costs and improving outcomes, virtual health can bring advanced care to underserved patients while relieving overworked providers.

Essential Telemedicine Terms Clinicians Should Know

Enzyme Health

Applying for telemedicine jobs and want to stand out? This quick telehealth glossary covers the basic terminology telemedicine clinicians should know. Asynchronous telemedicine: Asynchronous telemedicine, sometimes known as store and forward, refers to telemedicine that is delivered at a later time from when the patient or another healthcare provider requests it. Home health care : Home health care refers to healthcare that is delivered in the patient’s home.

Consolidation as a force for good—at least during COVID

Henry Kotula

These two lions of health policy and strategy came together recently to pen an editorial in Health Affairs examining the impact of large integrated health systems on the nation’s response to COVID-19. [link].

Waking Up a Health Consumer in the COVID-19 Era

Health Populi

His remarks focused largely on an immigration and travel policy versus science, triaging, testing and treatment of the virus itself. First, foremost, Americans are concerned about the impact of a disease outbreak on their health, personal finances and the U.S.

2019: Telemedicine’s Year in Review


We’ve had an action-packed year in telemedicine, but now it’s drawing to a close. After receiving feedback that obtaining consent for every single virtual service is burdensome, CMS also revised this policy to only require consent once a year. Telemedicine leaves the healthcare world.

Charting the rebound of physician office visits

Henry Kotula

Behavioral health providers, medical specialists and primary care practices maintained the most volume, and procedural specialists were the hardest hit. Many practices deployed telemedicine quickly, but even with those added encounters, total visits were still down by nearly 60 percent.

COVID-19 Implications for pharma: US payer insights

Henry Kotula

What are the implications for pharma as COVID-19 forces fundamental change in US payer practice and policy? What emergency measures are in place to ensure the health plans address customers’ medical needs and will these need to be reconsidered on an ongoing basis? [link].

340 organizations tell Congress to make telehealth permanent

Henry Kotula

New report finds the growth of telemedicine visits has plateaued and accounts for a relatively small percentage of rebounding ambulatory care. If Congress does not act before the COVID-19 public health emergency expires, current flexibilities will disappear, according to stakeholders.

Most consumers nervous about returning to care settings

Henry Kotula

Reaching patients through telemedicine and providing concrete messages about how they can safely see their doctor will be critical to staving off a tide of disease exacerbations that will mount as fear delays much-needed care. [link].

Telemedicine Today: September 2016

American Well

Telemedicine Today: September 2016. Welcome to the (delayed) September 2016 edition of Avizia’s Telemedicine Today! School Launches Telemedicine Pilot through Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Angie Grant Elementary School has been chosen to be the pilot for telemedicine through Arkansas Children’s Hospital, or ACH. Dr. Robert Steele, pediatrician at Children’s Hospital, is able to use telemedicine to examine rashes, common colds, ear infections, and more, for FREE.

How Coronavirus Is Re-Shaping Consumer Behavior, From the Amusement Park to the Voting Booth

Health Populi

consumer confidence, both in terms of financial markets and personal health risks. Telehealth industry stakeholders have come together in the interest of connected health to advocate for telehealth to help people access care, expertise and support in the immediate term.

Healthcare AI investment will shift to these 5 areas in the next 2 years: survey

Henry Kotula

Healthcare executives say current AI investments at their organizations have focused on electronic health record (EHR) management and diagnosis. [link].

The Next-Normal Health Care Consumer After the Pandemic

Health Populi

The report gives us insights into the next-normal health consumer, which I’ll discuss in today’s post. And telemedicine, McKinsey points out, was adopted at a rate of ten times growth over 15 days, the chart quantifies as an increase in virtual appointments.