Health provider follow-ups delivered via computer or smartphone is a feasible alternative to in-person patient follow-ups for some pediatric cardiac conditions, according to the findings of a pilot study presented at the AHA Scientific Sessions this week.
“We’ve used telemedicine in pediatric cardiology for physician-to-physician communications for years at Children’s National, thanks to cardiologists like Dr. Craig Sable,” says Ashraf Harahsheh, M.D., cardiologist at Children’s National Hospital and senior author of the study. “But this is the first time we’ve really had the appropriate technology to speak directly to patients and their families in their homes instead of requiring an in-person visit.”
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Telemedicine electronic communications and software offers clinical services to patients without an in-person visit. In telemedicine, technology enables healthcare providers by video conferencing to treat patients using a smartphone. Its system is used for the treatment of medication, chronic condition care, and other health services. Telemedicine is used by health care systems, physician practices, and skilled nursing facilities to provide more efficient health care facilities.
Teladoc reached an agreement to acquire InTouch Health for $600 million, including $150 million in cash. The deal is expected to add roughly $80 million to Teladoc’s top line
Amazon Web Services is tapping into its voice technology once again with the launch of the Amazon Transcribe Medical, an automated speech recognition service that will let developers add medical diction and documentation to their apps.
VisuWell, the industry leader in enterprise telemedicine solutions, announces the VisuWell solution is now listed on Epic App Orchard. As a premier integrated telemedicine solution, the VisuWell App will enable virtual encounters within the provider’s Epic account and the patient’s MyChart portal, providing increased convenience for both patients and their providers.
While roughly two in three American adult consumers say they would be willing to receive care via telehealth services, just 8% report having ever having a video visit with a doctor, according to survey data from telehealth American Well published yesterday in a white paper.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is continuing its slow-but-steady move toward Medicare coverage for remote patient monitoring with two changes in the proposed 2020 Physician Fee Schedule that may open the door to more mHealth reimbursement.
Amerigroup Texas is now offering Medicaid consumers the option to access medical and behavioral healthcare providers through telehealth visits at no cost. On Aug. 1, Amerigroup Texas launched a new Medicaid benefit that allows eligible consumers to log into LiveHealth Online through a smartphone, tablet or computer that has a webcam, to visit with board-certified doctors, licensed therapists, psychologists and psychiatrists. Also, because this telehealth option is being extended as a benefit, eligible Amerigroup Medicaid consumers do not pay a fee to see healthcare providers via LiveHealth Online.
Telemedicine is a revolutionary bridge to equalize the mismatched Physician Density between urban and rural areas. It enables implementation of WHO recommended the ratio of 1 doctor to 1000 patients. The countries with a growing population and large geographic perimeter are finding Telemedicine as a first-choice solution to improve access to care, make healthcare affordable, lower volume and capacity issues while enhancing the quality of healthcare service in general.
Alongside general questions on the program’s budgeting, duration and structure, the new Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is searching for guidance on how best to address challenges specific to the end goal of connecting rural patients to care. Examples of these issues include how best to target support for veteran populations or those living in Tribal lands; whether the pilot should be limited to understaffed providers; and how the program can address opioid dependency, diabetes, mental health disease and other high-volume health conditions.