Recent Telehealth Trends, Insights And News - July 2022
Stay up-to-date on the latest in telehealth from July 2022
It can be hard to stay on top of all the news, trends, technology and insights breaking through in the digital health space. The industry seems to grow faster each day. That’s why, while you focus on serving your patients, we’ll do the work for you with our monthly telehealth recap.
Curious about what’s new in telehealth? Read about current equity efforts, technology predictions, telehealth expansion bill, expansions on PHE flexibilities and the best hormone testing kits on the market.
Technology, trends and insights
Dozens Charged in Sprawling $1.2B Telehealth and Genetics Fraud Crackdown
The DOJ is cracking down on telemarketing schemes in the telehealth industry. Three dozen defendants across the U.S. were charged for more than $1.2 billion in alleged fraud involving telehealth, phony genetic testing and durable medical equipment. This article digs deeper into the criminal telemarketing happening in the healthcare industry and why this recent crackdown is so important.
Apple Outlines Health Technology Strategy
Apple Inc. has released a report outlining a two-pronged strategy in digital health markets, courting consumers and the healthcare industry. Spearheaded by Apple's chief operating officer, Jeff Williams, this is the first time Apple has offered a comprehensive review in eight years since releasing health features. The article continues on to talk about their partnership with institutions like the Stanford University School of Medicine to conduct larger scale medical studies and the report itself.
Tech No One's Talking About — yet: 3 Health System CIOs on the Future of Health IT
It’s important to stay up-to-date on the latest technology in the medical and telehealth industry. This article touches on innovative technologies predicted to make an appearance in the future from three industry CIOs. Some of these could include rapid consolidation of payers and providers, ambient scribing and plug-and-play platforms.
Policy and regulatory updates
ATA Displays Gratitude for the Expansion of PHE Flexibilities
In July 2022, US Representatives Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and Liz Cheney (R-WY) sponsored a bipartisan bill intended to eliminate telehealth prerequisites determined by geography and provide a more widespread selection of originating sites for telehealth. The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) and ATA Action said although it contains many shared objectives, they want it to include other vital priorities as well.
House Overwhelmingly Passes Key Telehealth Extension Bill
The house passed the Advancing Telehealth Beyond COVID-19 Act late July 27th, that would extend key telehealth reimbursement flexibilities through 2024. It will now be sent to the senate for a vote. If signed into law, then key waivers that have been barriers to Medicare telehealth reimbursement will run through Dec. 2024.
Using Telehealth to Expand Patient Access to Breastfeeding Support
Amid the recent baby formula shortage, the Trinity Health of New England system joined forces with Nest Collaborative to launch a telehealth program aimed at breastfeeding support. The program is meant to connect pregnant women and new mothers to a nationwide network of lactation consultants.
How the Popularity of At-Home Testing and Telehealth Tools Could Impact the Healthcare Industry
At-home testing and telehealth tools are becoming accepted conveniences of everyday life. This article by Forbes goes into the high patient demand for this type of testing, the rise of health apps and user-centric solutions for an increasingly technology driven industry.
Growth and innovation
Menopause Startup Lisa Health Launches its AI-Powered App Midday and Closes the $2.5 Million Seed Round
In this company spotlight, Forbes covers Lisa Health, a digital health company, and their recent seed round and launch of their app Midday. The app leverages AI, sensor technology, and digital therapeutics to support women on their menopause journey.
5 best At-Home Kits for Hormone Testing
As at-home testing becomes the new norm, we’re here to make finding the right hormone test easier. This article lists the 5 best hormone tests on the market, their pros and cons, pricing and how they compare to each other.
TrendWatch -- What Is Veterinary Telemedicine?
Veterinary telemedicine is here! Why not give our furry friends the same convenient care that we enjoy? This article is all about providing you with the information you need to better understand this newest form of telemedicine and what to expect from it in the future.