News from the Consumer Technology Association and Withings Further Demonstrates Private Sector’s Role in the Pandemic and Public Health

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This week, announcements from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) and Withings further bolster the case for the private sector bolstering public health in this pandemic…and future ones to come beyond the Age of the Coronavirus.

Telehealth Platforms: Building Blocks for Omnichannel, Networked Healthcare

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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. In the U.S.,


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Georgia Department of Public Health: Keeping Doctors and Patients Connected


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Billing Medicare and Private Payers for Telehealth Visits: What to Expect Post-Public Health Emergency

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” [i] “We have moved forward a decade in the use of telemedicine in this country, and it’s going to become and will remain an increasingly important part of physician practices going forward.” Anticipated New CMS Rules for Telehealth.

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

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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.

Depression and Anxiety are Toxic Side Effects of the Coronavirus Pandemic

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treated more patients in the first six months of the coronavirus pandemic, shifting their practices to telehealth platforms. This year, APA has published four reports on consumers’ mental health in the pandemic. Stress in America series here in Health Populi earlier this year.

Health Consumers After COVID-19 – A View from the Consumer Technology Association

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I covered the event here in Health Populi, as I have for most of the past decade, highlighting the growth of digital health and, this year, the expanding Internet of Healthy Things called-out by Dr. Joseph Kvedar in 2015. What a difference a public health crisis makes, accelerating digital health beyond fitness geeks, Quantified Self adherents, and smartwatch adopters. Telehealth, too, is embraced by 3 in 5 people for both physical and mental health services.

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

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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.

How COVID-19 Is Reshaping Cities and Inspiring Healthcare Innovation

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” This was one pillar for the public health prescription we were given to help mitigate the spread of a very tricky, contagious virus. This is a rich report covering key vertical markets: public safety, transportation, education, transformative tech, smart cities, and health care.

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

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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. Health Consumers, Deloitte polled 4,522 U.S.

Telehealth surge among dentists


A recent survey of 2,767 dentists in 20 states found that 34% of providers are currently using some form of telehealth to treat patients or plan to in the near future. The study, conducted by DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement, also found that: 75% of providers who use telehealth services expect their telehealth volume to increase or stay the same during the next 12 months Public health providers are more likely (44%) to use telehealth than all other practice types (21%).

Telehealth Use Among Older Americans: Growing Interest, Remaining Concerns

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This drove health consumers to virtual care platforms in the first months of the public health crisis — including lots of older people who had never used telemedicine or even a mobile health app.

The Unbearable Heaviness of Healthcare in America – the Change Healthcare/Harris Poll

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The phrase, “burden of health care,” has two usual meanings: one, to do with the massive chronic care burden, and the other, involving costs. That’s not just self-rationing health care due to costs, but due to overall consumer experience with and beyond the cost of care.

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. Pew collaborated with Public Opinion Strategies and Hart Research to conduct a survey in June and July 2020 among 1,213 U.S. consumers’ adoption of digital health technology stalled.

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

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“Medical trend” is the expected increase in a health plan’s per capita health care costs. The second table from the PwC report details patients delaying care by consumer segment, health, and insurance status. PwC’s Health Research Institute found that one-fifth of people with employer-sponsored health insurance delayed over 70% of the care they should have received beginning in March until at least early May.

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

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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. revealed many weakness in the American health care system, one of which has been health inequities faced by millions of people — especially black Americans, who have sustained higher rates morbidity and mortality for COVID-19.

Telemedicine Fraud

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Telemedicine Fraud Increases Access to telehealth has grown rapidly since the start of the COVID-19 public health emergency. As access to telehealth has increased, so has telemedicine fraud. Telemedicine fraud is discussed below. Telemedicine Fraud In March, Attorney General William … Read more. The post Telemedicine Fraud appeared first on TBH Institute Blog.

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

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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. The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) and Peterson Center on Healthcare collaborate on strategic health issues. hospitals using 2018 data, for an active working population covered by large employers’ health plans.

100 Million People in America Lack Broadband — an On-Ramp to Health and Safety

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can’t benefit from telehealth and other digital health connections that can bolster self-care, home care, and lower cost care. Health Populi’s Hot Points: Without broadband, a person cannot seek employment, access education, connect to people in an emergency, quickly find a ride, or access telehealth at home, at work, or when out-of-town. I also discuss this in my book, HealthConsuming , in the chapter, “ZIP Codes, Genetic Codes, Food and Health.”

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

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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.

Healthy Thinking: Inside the Mind of the COVID-19 Consumer

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Stress is up, smoking increasing, drinking more alcohol… Americans are tapping into a variety of coping mechanisms in the coronavirus outbreak, with health on their collective minds. The first chart shows various life-flows Americans have adopted in April, all risk factors impacting peoples’ overall health status and mental well-being. COVID-19 consumers have also taken on actions to bolster health in the pandemic including: 75% washing hands more frequently.

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

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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. A couple of intriguing examples: Ali Health, part of Alibaba (the e-commerce giant), launched a free online clinic in locked-down Hubei (whose capital is Wuhan) where in five days, 100,000 patients received remote consultations. Health Populi’s Hot Points: So, can the U.S.

Could Telehealth Services Help Stop the Opioid Crisis?


So what can telemedicine to do help the opioid crisis? On October 26, 2017, The White Housedeclared the opioid crisis a public health emergency and the administration acknowledged a need to expand treatment throughout rural areas specifically by making telemedicine more accessible. Jamey Lister from US News wrote an article on the possibilities of using telehealth technology to help reach rural areas suffering from the opioid crisis.

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposes sweeping telehealth reforms

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Andrew Cuomo announced legislation this week that would expand access to telehealth throughout the state. "COVID-19 has changed not only the way we live, but the way healthcare providers support their patients, especially in regard to mental health," said Cuomo in a statement.

What Does the Notification of Enforcement Discretion for Telehealth Remote Communications During COVID-19 Mean?

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The Director of the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) declared that they would allow the use of telehealth technologies to communicate with patients during the nationwide public health emergency that may not fully comply with the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules.

Psychiatrists 'pleasantly surprised' with transition to telemedicine

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A qualitative RAND Corporation study finds that psychiatrists offering telemedicine for the first time during the COVID-19 pandemic have had largely positive perceptions of the transition. Many, however, say they plan to return to in-person care when possible, due to the challenges psychiatric telemedicine entail. Before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, a variety of logistical and regulatory hurdles prevented many psychiatrists from using telemedicine.

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

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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.

Down in the Delta – Up in Telehealth: MTA 2020

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Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves kicked off the Mississippi Telehealth Association (MTA) 2020 Annual Conference on Monday, February 24 th by describing much of Mississippi living “small town ways” as a blanket description of many state residents. Regarding the advancement of telehealth, the governor used this “small town ways” theme as a pitch to bridge the gap of access to care. Basically anyone involved or interested in digital health. Public sector or private sector.

Baby Boomers & Palliative Care – Telehealth Expands Access to Specialists

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Telemedicine technology first emerged as a method of care delivery in the 1960s via programs launched by NASA and the Nebraska Psychology Institute, but significant barriers have slowed its adoption since then. Technological, staffing-related, and financial obstacles have certainly influenced the presence of telehealth in national and global healthcare markets, but never have we seen the increased opportunity and need for such programs than we do today.

A New Era of Virtual Care Has Begun, Accenture Finds

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Patients embraced virtual care and communications at very high rates in the first months of the pandemic, and want to continue to use telehealth platforms after the pandemic ends. Fully one-third of patients starting using each of these 3 telehealth modalities during COVID-19.

The COVID-19 Era Has Grown Health Consumer Demand for Virtual Care

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What a difference a pandemic can make in accelerating patients’ adoption of digital health tools. health consumers’ growing digital health “muscles” in the form of demand and confidence in using virtual care.

Implementation best practices: Teeing up telemedicine

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Telemedicine has been gaining a lot of steam in recent years. As a result, provider organization CIOs and other health IT leaders have had their hands full finding and implementing new telemedicine technologies to help their organizations best reach as many patients as possible in the most efficient manner as possible. Here, five telemedicine technology experts offer best practices for implementing the technology. " Eric Rock, Vivify Health.

Connected Health Initiative asks Senate to pass Telehealth Modernization Act

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The Connected Health Initiative on Monday published an open letter to Sen. expressing support for the Telehealth Modernization Act and stressing the urgency of safeguarding access to virtual care before the public health emergency is set to expire.

Sun River Health shifts 67% of its visits to telehealth

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Sun River Health, based in Peekskill, New York, is a not-for-profit system of federally qualified health centers. Sun River Health was among the first organizations to receive funding under the Federal Communications Commission COVID-19 Telehealth Program.

ATA responds to CMS final rule making some telehealth coverage permanent

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The American Telemedicine Association on Wednesday issued a response to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services final rule regarding a permanent expansion to some Medicare telehealth services. Tony Evers is pushing for telehealth payment parity through 2021.

What happens during a telemedicine visit?


Telemedicine (also called telehealth, virtual care, or virtual health) is the use of digital information and communication technologies, such as computers and mobile devices, to gain access to health care services remotely. Telehealth visits have historically faced barriers beyond the technological challenges that come with real-time, synchronous audio and video communication. What conditions can telemedicine treat? How the Telehealth Visit Works.

7 Ways Telemedicine Helps Control Diabetes


But what isn’t as well known is how telemedicine is helping patients manage their condition – and even saving their lives in the COVID-19 pandemic. The good news is that diabetics can be natural telemedicine adopters. Confused about what type of virtual health solutions you need?

Older People Are Digital Migrants, and Best Buy Health Is Paving the Road for the Journey

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The coronavirus pandemic has revealed the importance of connectivity, WiFi, broadband, as a social determinant of health and living. Digital connectivity can ameliorate social isolation and anxiety, bolster mental health, and access needed medical care via telehealth channels.

November Telehealth Industry Happenings


We’re nearing the end of the fourth quarter, 2019, and telehealth shows no signs of abating. In November, one of the largest insurance companies in the nation reported extremely high patient satisfaction scores for their subscribers, along with a cost reduction from using telehealth. The nation’s largest public health system, the Veteran’s Administration shared data showing a 17% jump in telehealth utilization from the prior year, with more than 2.6

VA working with Apple to broaden telehealth access for veterans

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Department of Veterans Affairs says it's collaborating with Apple to boost the availability of telehealth services for veterans across the U.S. For instance, the agency has teamed with Verizon to offer veterans who are customers gain wider access to the VA Video Connect telehealth app.