Telehealth Use Among Older Americans: Growing Interest, Remaining Concerns

Health Populi

In the Fear of Going Out Era spawned by the COVID-19 pandemic, many patients were loath to go to the doctor’s office for medical care, and even less keen on entering a hospital clinic’s doors. The study identified several key concerns about telehealth visits, shown in the graphic.

Here's what primary care clinicians say they need to effectively implement telehealth

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Primary care providers in New York City, one of the U.S. With patients afraid to seek care in person and social distancing necessitating as little face-to-face contact as possible, many clinicians pivoted to telehealth – some with more success than others.

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Telemedicine and access: Leave no patient behind


Telehealth, using video to have an acute medical care visit, puts some of the power of choice back into our patient’s hands. To best frame telehealth and its use cases, the National Quality Forum published a report in 2017, outlining the following four buckets which I find especially useful with evaluating programs and interventions: access […]. Tech Mobile health Primary Care

Despite COVID-19 Challenges, Primary Care Practice Improves Patient Health Using Digital Tools

Healthcare IT Today

With COVID-19 transmission risks remaining high, many medical practices have been forced to change their business model from one built on face-to-face appointments to delivering patient care via telehealth visits virtually overnight. The transition has been a big challenge for many practices, some of which had been offering few if any telehealth services before […].

Telehealth Platforms: Building Blocks for Omnichannel, Networked Healthcare

Health Populi

the use of telehealth services tripled in the past year, as healthcare providers limited patients from in-person visits for care and patients sought to avoid exposure to the coronavirus in medical settings. With this alignment of virtual care supply-and-demand, it is like telehealth will see “permanent usage increases,” according to Parks Associates’ survey report, COVID-19 – Impact on Telehealth Use and Perspectives. In the U.S.,

Telehealth Is Just Healthcare Now – One Post-COVID Certainty, Three Reports

Health Populi

As we wrestle with just “what” health care will look like “after COVID,” there’s one certainty that we can embrace in our health planning and forecasting efforts: that’s the persistence of telehealth and virtual care into health care work- and life-flows, for clinicians and consumers alike and aligned. consumers would be interested in using telehealth going forward, McKinsey’s consumer survey from May 20, 2020, found.

Telehealth In 2030 – Notes From the Future At #ATA19 with Safavi, Holt, Bathina and Swafford

Health Populi

What will telemedicine look like in 2030? Kaveh was brainstorming the future of telehealth a decade from “now,” with three innovators attending #ATA19: Deepthi Bathina of Humana, Matthew Holt of Catalyst Health (and Co-Founder of Health 2.0), and Kim Swafford of Providence St. This week convened the ATA annual conference where healthcare industry stakeholders met up to deal with the current telehealth environment and imagine what the future prospects would/could be.

The Future of Health Is “Now,” Deloitte Says; But Are Consumers Living and Loving It?

Health Populi

The pandemic has become a sort of forcing function on all aspects of daily living, include health care. Deloitte’s latest wave of health care consumer market research updates the COVID-19 impacts on the U.S. Among the DIY workflows was self-care for health care.

Physicians Lean In to Digital Health, Especially Telehealth and Remote Monitoring

Health Populi

doctors are using digital health tools in patient care, with quickening adoption of telehealth and remote monitoring technology, according to a study from the American Medical Association (AMA). The largest positive change in adoption was seen in telehealth and remote monitoring, and.

More U.S. Patients Scheduling Doctors? Appointments, Welcoming Telehealth Into Their Visit-Mix

Health Populi

Since the first poll was conducted on March 27th, Healthgrades has conducted the study weekly among 200 patients age 18 and over to gauge peoples’ “confidence” in making typical health care decisions through the pandemic. This telemedicine volume was 2.5

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. Three months into the COVID-19 crisis, how have patients felt about these telehealth visits? Each of these health consumers had at least one virtual care visit between February and May 2020.

1 in 5 primary care practices predicts closure in a month, but telehealth could help

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

As many as 20% of primary care practices predict they could close within four weeks because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a survey conducted between April 10 and April 13 by the non-profit Primary Care Collaborative. With COVID-19 dropping non-urgent care to next to zero, the loss in revenue is putting a dire strain on resources and operations. Telehealth saves a clinic. Free telemedicine tech for two months.

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

Health Populi

Will the coronavirus inspire greater adoption of telehealth in the U.S.? 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. I asked myself, then went to my Oracle of Telehealth: Ann Mond Johnson, CEO of ATA (once named the American Telemedicine Association).

Dr. Roboto? Stanford Medicine Foresees Digital Doctors “Maturing”

Health Populi

The vast majority of doctors are using electronic health records, and four in ten have adopted telemedicine in their workflow. Looking to the future, most doctors and med students see big potential in personalized medicine to transform health care in the next five years.

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

Health Populi

Power has undertaken a survey on consumer satisfaction with 31 telehealth providers across 15 measures, which will be published in November 2019. In advance of the full report, the organization released a summary on telehealth access and satisfaction, which I’ll discuss in this post. 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. health care system.

Telehealth and Virtual Care Are Melting Into “Just” Health Care at HIMSS19

Health Populi

Just as we experienced “e-business” departments blurring into ecommerce and everyday business processes, so is “telehealth” morphing into, simply, health care delivery as one of many channels and platforms. Telehealth and virtual care are key education topics and exhibitor presences at HIMSS19. Most employers’ adopting telehealth as a covered employee benefit. Zero and Roman are also part of telehealth.

What Will Healthcare Costs Be After COVID? PwC Looks Behind the 2021 Numbers

Health Populi

This assumes that healthcare spending recovers by October 2020 as patients return to hospitals and doctors’ offices for regular care patterns. Patients Forgo Care Until 2021.” Care that patients postponed during the 2020 pandemic is delivered in 2021, PwC projects, raising volumes and spending and resulting in a double-digit increase. “Medical trend” is the expected increase in a health plan’s per capita health care costs.

Telehealth Only Doctors and Medical Practices

Healthcare IT Today

The evolution and adoption of telehealth these past few months has been fascinating to watch. Administration Ambulatory Healthcare IT Telemedicine and Remote Monitoring Direct Primary Care Direct to Consumer Telehealth Telehealth Telehealth Models Telehealth Only Doctors Telehealth Only Medical Practices TelemedicineIt illustrated many of the built in biases many healthcare organizations had towards in person visits.

Living in Digital Healthcare Times – Kicking off #DigitalHealthCES & #CES2020

Health Populi

If you don’t believe this meeting nine years later is resonating with medical and health care on the ground, note a few things happening in my own life this week that signal health/care is mainstream at #CES2020: 1.

Study charts recent spike in telehealth usage, particularly within primary care


Recent coverage expansions have increased the use of telehealth tools, but the technology remains relatively uncommon.

Telehealth for Specialists: Moving Beyond Primary Care in 2018

iSALUS Healthcare

Much of the conversation surrounding telehealth is centered on primary care and how physicians can utilize telehealth to reach patients and improve their practice. Everything that is being said is absolutely true - telecommunication technology is revolutionizing patient care for doctors. Each one of these benefits shows why telehealth is crucial to primary care physicians. Interested in integrating telehealth into your practice?

How the Coronavirus and Technology Are Reshaping Home-Work, -Life and -Health

Health Populi

These become the tech-platforms for people working, living, socializing, and accessing health care virtually at home. Other research such as this report from Kaiser Health News identified the quick adoption of telemedicine services in the COVID-19 pandemic. Some consumers experienced several hours’ wait times for telehealth company services in “virtual waiting rooms.”

Physicians Practicing in the Age of COVID-19: Lower Incomes, More Telehealth

Health Populi

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, two certainties emerge in the lives of physicians: they are generating less revenue, and they have adopted more virtual care in practices. That’s the private sector bullish approach to telehealth after the pandemic.

Millennials, Urgent Care Clinics & Telemedicine: A Match Made In Heaven


Research shows this generation prefers not to have a regular primary care provider. They prefer convenience and they want affordable care. While many others still use the emergency room as a primary care office, it is not something Millennials do. In 2015, Medical Economics reported that one quarter of all patients seen at urgent care clinics were Millennials. The healthcare landscape is evolving — all the time.

“Telehealth is a digital distribution channel for health care” – catching up with Roy Schoenberg, President and CEO of American Well

Health Populi

Ten years ago, two brothers, physicians both, started up a telemedicine company called American Well. They launched their service first in Hawaii, where long distances and remote island living challenged the supply and demand sides of health care providers and patients alike. Doing so in this way could help health/care ecosystem stakeholders to innovate their own business and pricing models. Intermountain and Mercy Virtual, too, conduct lots of visits via telehealth means.

Most U.S. Physicians, Burned Out, Favor A Flavor of Single Payer Health System

Health Populi

healthcare system and, thus, patient care. Design and health Electronic health records Health engagement Health insurance Health reform Medication adherence Physicians Primary care Social determinants of health Stress Telehealth Telemedicine Value based health Virtual health Wellbeing

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

Health Populi

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. 32% of people with one chronic condition were adjusting spending on health care visits due to COVID-19. Patients in the U.S.

You Need A Virtual Care Advocate


primary care telehealth Telemedicine urgent care virtual care employee telehealthSimplify Healthcare Delivery To Everyone, Everywhere. Over five years ago when we started eVisit, we had one goal: Simplify healthcare delivery to everyone, everywhere. It is the one tenet that has guided us through every iteration of the eVisit platform, and in the rapidly shifting landscape of healthcare we still feel as strongly about that now as we did then.

The Future of Healthcare: Telehealth. Here’s Why You Need to Consider Telemedicine in 2019

Continue Education Journal

Telehealth and Telemedicine Definition. We often hear telehealth and telemedicine used interchangeably, so let’s set the record straight – telehealth is the umbrella term that refers to medical services that healthcare practitioners provide to patients from a distance. Nurses, physicians, counselors or dentists can all provide telehealth services. The benefits of telehealth continues to grow, according to the WHO. Telehealth in 2019.

What Would Healthcare Feel Like If It Acted Like Supermarkets – the 2018 Temkin Experience Ratings

Health Populi

Most of the industry segments that have higher rankings in the Temkin study are already working adjacent to health/care. Industry can partner with them: consider telehealth at the grocery store, HSA fund management with a bank, medical tourism and wellness channeled through a favorite hotel chain, or prescription drugs delivered by, say, Amazon and the U.S.

Growing Evidence for eConsults – the Asynchronous, Clinician-to-Clinician Platform for Telehealth

Health Populi

Health care providers stood up virtual health care services with lightning speed as the coronavirus pandemic emerged in the U.S. Telehealth and its various flavors enabled both patients and providers to manage the risk of contracting the virus, especially at a time when little was known about the nature of transmission, treatment and prevention — except for washing hands, covering one’s face, and isolating when showing symptoms.

How Albertsons Grocery Stores and Rite Aid Can Help Remake Healthcare

Health Populi

health/care ecosystem that brings a self-care front-door closer to consumers, patients and caregivers. Health Populi’s Hot Points: Yesterday in Washington, DC, at the Healthcare Costs Innovation Summit sponsored by West Health, Dr. Mark Smith, Professor of Medicine at UCSF and former President of California HealthCare Foundation, talked about the importance of self-care.

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. On Monday, 340 organizations signed a letter urging Congress to make telehealth flexibilities created during the COVID-19 pandemic, permanent. . The use of telehealth has skyrocketed under in-person restrictions under COVID-19. [link].

Big Tech: Amazon’s Virtual Care Model Could Have A Big Impact

Healthcare IT Today

One of the biggest challenges they’ve faced has been figuring out just how much investment they should make in the brick-and-mortar aspects of patient care, e.g. real-world hospitals and clinics. Ambulatory C-Suite Leadership Health IT Company Healthcare IT IT Telemedicine and Remote Monitoring Amazon Care Amazon Prime Berkshire Hathaway CVS Haven Healthcare JPMorgan Chase Oasis Medical Group PillPack Primary Care Retail Healthcare telehealth Video Visits Virtual Care Walgreens

Telemedicine Services Expanding

BHM Healthcare Solutions

In addition to improving and expanding patient service, the vast financial benefits makes telemedicine consults a makes payers eager to gather more research on closing the telehealth gap. Chris Sununu signed a new bill into law that aims to increase Medicaid patients’ access to telemedicine services, according to New Hampshire Public Radio. Limited specialists were able to bill Medicaid for reimbursement for telemedicine services visits prior to the new law.

How The Rapid Shift To Telehealth Leaves Many Community Health Centers Behind During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Henry Kotula

The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the landscape of ambulatory care with rapid shifts to telehealth. Government officials have taken notice, and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act infused $1.32 Many states have directed insurers to temporarily cover COVID-19-related services via telehealth while mandating parity of reimbursement for telehealth visits with in-person visits for their Medicaid program. [link].

Meeting growing consumer demand for “care anywhere”

Henry Kotula

While COVID-19 provided a big push for doctors and health systems to rapidly expand telemedicine visits and other kinds of remote patient interactions, many report that they are now seeing telemedicine visits decline sharply, as in-person visits return. [link].

Telemedicine during COVID-19: Benefits, limitations, burdens, adaptation

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

As the COVID-19 virus wreaks havoc with the healthcare system, telemedicine is stepping up into the spotlight and helping healthcare provider organizations and caregivers better respond to the needs of Americans who have contracted the virus and Americans who need to touch base with their providers on the status of their health. Telemedicine is making a very positive contribution to healthcare during the pandemic, and is being used in a variety of ways. " Dedi Gilad, Tyto Care.

ARcare Utilizes Telehealth For Pandemic Relief

South Central Telehealth Resource Center

In the following statement from Mr. Faulkner he describes the main types of telehealth assistance requested by ARcare from the SCTRC. ARcare is one of the largest primary care groups in the state and is also an FQHC group, which always has a different set of rules and regulations.

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. Doing this enabled patients to know that a telehealth visit did not mean less quality.