Recent Telehealth Trends, Insights and News - June 2022Caitlin ClementJuly 02, 20225 minute read
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, new technology, how the end of Roe v. Wade will affect startups, updated HIPAA guidance, increased industry funding and more.
Technology, Trends and Insights
Henry Ford Health Uses Digital Health Technology to Improve Ultrasounds
In an effort to expand its point-of-care, Henry Ford Innovations is partnering with digital health company Exo to apply digital health concepts to ultrasounds, with the goal of making them more portable and accessible to underserved populations. Henry Ford Health is partnering with a digital health company to make ultrasounds more portable and accessible.
NY Health System to Use Digital Platform to Inform Teenagers of Diabetes Risks
In an effort to educate teenagers on diabetes risks, Mount Sinai Health System is collaborating with mPulse Mobile to implement a health program that will be offered to teenagers in East Harlem, aiming to improve population health. This is in response to recent data that shows the prevalence of prediabetes is growing among teenagers in the U.S.
Greater collaboration needed for digital health, interoperability
An article from the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) has called for interoperability standards to go beyond EHRs to support more longitudinal care delivery. The goal is to help create better responses to public health crises, like COVID-19, that are dependent on interoperable data. This article by EHR Intelligence breaks down the original NAM article covering industry expert recommendations and suggested government action.
Policy and Regulatory Updates
Preparing for growing telehealth fraud enforcement
Policy experts are advising providers to stay up-to-date on policy regulations as federal authorities increasingly crack down on instances of fraud and abuse within the telehealth arena. In this article, learn what the difference between telemedicine fraud and tele-fraud, how it applies to you, and recommendations for keeping your practice safe.
HHS issues HIPAA guidance to support audio-only telehealth services
With COVID-19 era telehealth protections close to coming to an end, The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently issued new guidance on the use of remote communication technologies to deliver audio-only telehealth in accordance with HIPAA. Per OCR, the guidance is intended to ensure continued access for patients to audio-only telehealth in a secure and compliant manner.
Introduction to improving telehealth and virtual care for pain management and opioid/substance use disorder
In order to understand the challenges and find solutions to pain management and SUD care, a four-part meeting series was organized between working groups for the National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic. This discussion proceeding is on the first meeting that covers the benefits of using telehealth and virtual care for pain management and SUD care as well as barriers that it faces.
Healthcare Insider Podcast: Virtual care’s pivotal role in whole person health
Historically, virtual care has been used to offer episodic, urgent care to patients through video or over the phone. However, as telehealth continues to grow, it’s possible to achieve true, whole person care. In this episode, Dan Trencher, Senior Vice President of Teladoc Health, explains how virtual care can play a vital role in achieving longitudinal, personalized care for consumers that ultimately creates better outcomes.
Growth and Innovation
HHS doles out $16.3M in telehealth funding for Title X family planning program
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) gave $16.3 million in new grant funding to 31 stakeholders that will help improve telehealth capacity across family planning clinics in 26 states. It will run for a 12-month period and is part of the Biden Administration’s larger goal to improve maternal health and the family planning safety net.
Telemedicine Technologies and Services Market is Predicted to Rise at a CAGR of 13.8% during the Forecast Period, observes TMR
As smartphone and 3G and 4G networks become more widely available, the usage of mobile platforms delivering healthcare services is expected to rise and propel the market. By 2031, the valuation is likely to surpass $526.7 billion. The article also dives deeper into market trends and reports.
How a post-Roe v. Wade world will affect telehealth companies
The recent decision made by the Supreme Court to strike down Roe v. Wade has left the healthcare industry with questions about the future. This OpenLoop blog dives into state-by-state abortion positions, current policies to keep an eye on and what telehealth companies should expect in the coming months.
OpenLoop clinicians now cover 300 million patient lives
OpenLoop, a leader in whitelabel telehealth support services powering virtual care across the country, has officially exceeded 90% coverage by nationwide insurance payers with OpenLoop’s network of credentialed clinicians. This further promotes client success by expanding access to in-network patient coverage through OpenLoop’s NCQA certified network of top quality providers.
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