VSee and Chinese Medicine

We recently received this thank-you letter from Jonathan Berkowitz, LAc, who runs Inquisitive Owl Acupuncture in San Francisco:

Our practice was actually designed with hardworking software engineers in mind. Telemedicine is quite useful for people who work long hours, and who can’t take time away from the office. In addition, we stay open till 10:00pm on treatment days, to accommodate those can’t leave work until late.

I really do believe that Vsee is the next level tool for Chinese Medicine. It helps practitioners stay true to detailed diagnostic procedure. And by saving consultation time in the clinic, it allows them to put more clarity and intention into each treatment.

All the best,

Jonathan Berkowitz, MTOM, LAc

PS I had a patient today who was new to acupuncture and was nervous about the procedure. Because I had prepared thoroughly for her case beforehand, I was able to put my focus into making her feel comfortable with the process, instead of having to rush. The ability to give her that extra attention when it was needed, assured that her first experience with acupuncture was a positive one.

How NOT to Run Your Online Practice

Writing for the Atlantic Online, Joseph Burgo describes his experience providing psychotherapy sessions over video as a mental health provider.

Burgo has some interesting things to say about expatriates and the psychological problems they confront. But his article suffers a major flaw: he doesn’t realize that his online practice is unethical.

That’s because he uses Skype for his patient sessions. It is well documented that Skype does not comply with HIPAA. Furthermore, Skype has always been in the hot seat for leaving a backdoor access to encrypted user data. Therefore, the private information that Burgo’s patients share with him may not be secure.

Mental-health providers should do their research before choosing a video conference solution. While Skype may be a household name, it has a poor reputation for being secure, and just doesn’t come across as a very professional video chat tool. Besides, there are more than a few alternatives. VSee’s Cloud Medical Office, for example, is 100 percent HIPAA-compliant, and we offer a complete workflow solution that allows psychologists to send prescriptions, schedule appointments, and keep their records secure.

Read more of VSee’s advantages over Skype.

Dell, Intel, and Government Experts Salute VSee at Global mHealth Briefing on Capitol Hill

On Wednesday, December 3, Intel, Dell, and the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) hosted a congressional briefing. This event focused on ways that innovation and policy reform can improve local and global responses to emerging health crises such as Ebola in Nigeria.

Dell presentation on telehealth

More than 50 leaders from government, think tanks, media, and the health care industry gathered for the event. According to the organizers’ briefing book: “Telemedicine provides an opportunity to treat patients while limiting exposure for health workers.” This technology “provides a decentralized approach that can be deployed quickly to hot spots where local hospitals are overwhelmed.”

Dell Roundtable

Matt Phillips, Vice President of Strategy and Development at Dell Healthcare and Life Sciences, spoke on the technology and innovation panel. He focused on VSee and our telemedicine kit, pointing out that VSee has created “promising technology to more fully and efficiently address emergency response,” not only in West Africa, but also in villages of the Amazon rainforest and in Iraqi Kurdistan. It goes to show that when technology and policy leaders work together, they can accomplish a lot of good in the world.

Congressional Briefing

Additional participants included:

Steven VanRoekel
Chief Innovation Officer, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Justin Rattner
President, Intel Foundation
Intel corporate vice president and Intel Senior Fellow

Dean Garfield
President and CEO, Information Technology Industry Council (ITI)

Robert Atkinson
President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Erin Mershon
Technology Reporter, POLITICO Pro

Farley Cleghorn, MD
Chief Knowledge Officer and Global Health Practice Leader, Futures Group

All of us here at VSee are honored by the acknowledgment of our efforts in global mHealth.

TouchCare: a Hot Addition to Telemedicine

VSee is happy to welcome TouchCare to an already buzzing telemedicine market, where they join such big-hitters as MDLIVE, TelaDoc, American Well, Health Tap, and Doctor on Demand.

Here are two pieces of good news. Last month, TouchCare secured $4 million in venture capital. And at the same time, they introduced their new app in beta, which allows physicians to connect with patients through their smartphone or tablet.

TouchCare’s senior management is made up of former investment stars like Damian Gilbert. Their arrival in telemedicine is just more proof that, now that it’s becoming almost ubiquitous, smart investors see the opportunity for a gold rush.

TouchCare

And it’s not just venture capitalists getting in on the action. Insurance companies, too, see the need to provide their customers with better service through telemedicine. For nearly two years, Wellpoint has paid its member physicians to conduct video consultations with patients. And Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is promoting an app for tablets and smartphones so that their members can access a doctor by video. In fact, you don’t even have to join Blue Cross / Blue Shield – you can sign up for LiveHealth Online and pay $49 for a virtual visit with a doctor. The service is already available in most states, and with Anthem having added the service to health plans in at least seven more states this year, you could be fully covered for all your video doctor consultations.

Yes, telemedicine is definitely the hot ticket right now. And this growth will only continue as people realize how telemedicine makes patients’ lives better.

VSee at mHealth Summit 2014

The Vsee team will make an impact at this year’s mHealth Summit in Washington, DC, December 7-11, booth #1007. If you haven’t heard, mHealth is the world’s largest gathering of mobile health experts and professionals. We’re looking forward to showing off the latest in telehealth technology and how simple it can be to do telemedicine.

mHealth Summit

CEO Milton Chen will be speaking as part of a special forum, where he plans to unveil two new product lines: the world’s simplest telemedicine cart and the Cloud Medical Office. For most healthcare practitioners, setting up telemedicine services can be complicated, because it requires very specific tools and expensive equipment. They need a cloud-based tool to make their schedules accessible from any device anywhere, including their home computer or smartphone. Cloud Medical Office solves this problem. Expanding on our successful OneClick Waiting Room, this new product provides scheduling, online payment, and other cool features.

On Wednesday, December 10, from 2:00 – 3:00pm, VSee will be demonstrating VSee’s Telemedicine Kit and other devices at the App Demo session.

On Thursday, December 11, from 1:15 – 2:15, VSee will be presenting two separate roundtable discussions about the new era of simple and inexpensive telemedicine.

You don’t want to miss out on this event. Please stop by booth #1007 in the exhibition hall and say hello!