Caitlin Clement|12/1/2022|3 min read

Recent Telehealth Trends, Insights and News - November 2022

HLTH 2022 key takeaways, new Parkinson’s Apple Watch app, OpenLoop and BlueJeans announce partnership

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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? Stay up-to-date on recent policy and regulatory changes, a new Apple Watch App that monitors parkinson’s symptoms, key takeaways from HLTH 2022 and OpenLoop’s recent partnership with BlueJeans by Verizon.

Technology, Trends and Insights

Patients Prefer Telehealth For Common Illnesses, Study Shows

More people prefer the ease and convenience of telehealth when it comes to common, easily treatable illnesses. However, some are still unsure about the quality of care they are receiving according to a study done by Software Advice. Read on to hear from Lisa Hedges, associate principal analyst at Software Advice, and what these findings mean for the future of telemedicine.

Read full Healthcare IT News interview here >>

How AI is Saving Lives In Stroke and Other Neurovascular Care

This article by Healthcare IT News is a Q&A with RapidAI CEO, Karim Karti, on how their stroke research and use of AI technology is innovating the field of healthcare and the way strokes and other neurovascular illnesses are treated. 

Read the full Healthcare IT News article here >>

Apple Watch App For Monitoring Parkinson’s Symptoms Earns FDA Clearance

H2o Therapeutics recently received 510(k) clearance for an Apple Watch app that monitors Parkinson’s disease symptoms such as tremors and dyskinesia. The article by MedCity dives into how the clearance was obtained and the data collected that supported the move toward implementation. 

Read the full MedCity article here >>

Policy and Regulatory Updates

How Will New FDA Hearing Aid Regulations Impact Health Plans?

The FDA recently put hearing aids into two new categories: prescription and OTC hearing aids (new). These new rules do not require health plans to offer OTC hearing aids to their members and are leaving it up to them to decide. This article covers the details of the new regulation and the pros and cons health plans will need to consider.

Read the full HIT article here >>

Industry Conversations

HLTH22: 6 Digital Health Executives Share Key Takeaways

HIT reached out to six executives to get their takeaways from the HLTH 2022 conference. Many mentioned the clear excitement for innovation and technology that was present and one even ranked it above HIMSS. Read their full responses by checking out the article on HIT’s website.

Read the full HIT article here >>

Growth and Innovation

Salesforce Announces Patient 360 for Health Innovations to Help Lower Costs and Deliver More Efficient Care for Patient Success Now

Salesforce has announced their Patient 360 for Health Innovation that will provide cost-saving automation, personalized intelligence, and real-time data for healthcare and life sciences organizations to provide greater efficiency and patient outcomes. 

Read the full Salesforce press release here >>

Federal Funding to Support Nurse, Rural Public Health Telehealth Training

A recent grant given from HRSA has provided South Dakota-based Avera Health with $2.5 million to support the nursing and rural public health workforce through telehealth and virtual care training. This funding will support several projects involving training on telehealth, telemetry monitoring, virtual nursing, and cultural awareness.

Read the full mHealthintelligence article here >> 

Clinical Trial to Assess Efficacy of Virtual Alcohol Use Disorder Treatment

The National Institute of Medicine granted $2 million to Ria Health in partnership with Stanford University to test the efficacy of their virtual treatment platform to reduce problem drinking and its effect on the liver. In the trial, researchers will examine whether the Ria Health Program can limit problematic drinking and markers related to liver disease. Read on to learn more about the research and recent funding. 

Read full mHealthIntelligence article here >>

OpenLoop News

OpenLoop Health Partners with BlueJeans by Verizon to Expand Access to Quality, Reliable Virtual Visits

OpenLoop, a leader in white-label telehealth support services powering virtual care across the country, announced a partnership with BlueJeans by Verizon to propel anytime, anywhere virtual care delivery. 

Read the full OpenLoop press release here >>

A Guide to Building Interoperability in Telehealth

Interoperability. If you're in healthcare, it’s likely you’ve heard the term before. But, what does interoperability actually entail and how does it apply to you? This whitepaper will cover the building blocks you’ll need to know to start building a more interoperable system for your providers and patients. 

Download whitepaper here >>

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