Telemedicine News

Why Telehealth Is the Key for Lifestyle Interventions – Laurence Girard, Fruit Street [TFSS Talks]

Laurence Girard, FruitStreet TelehealthWhy are lifestyle interventions failing? We know we have an obesity and chronic condition crisis that  is costing us millions in healthcare each year. We know that we can reduce the risk of all chronic diseases (heart disease, diabetes, etc.) by 80% by simply eating better, exercising regularly, and not smoking. We also know that these changes don’t just happen on their own. Laurence Girard, founder and CEO of FruitStreet – an online platform for lifestyle disease management – shares how telehealth tools for the dietician, nurse coach or lifestyle health coach are a game changer for reducing obesity and chronic diseases.

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Three Key Business Reasons to Implement a Medical Credentialing Process

medical credentialing for telehealth

Guest blog by Mike Simmons, CEO of CredSimple

Telehealth continues to emerge as an important sector of the healthcare industry but the industry is still working to implement regulations that reflect this new area of patient care. In the interim, proactive telehealth companies will see many advantages to installing a medical credentialing process before outside authorities mandate it. And the good news is, with today’s technology, you don’t have to be bogged down by the manual processes and long turnaround times of the broader healthcare industry.Continue Reading…

Telesurgery in Humanitarian Settings – Mohana Amirtharajah, MD, Doctors Without Borders [TFSS Talks]

Telesurgery, as told by the expertsAt this year’s TFSS conference, we had the pleasure of hearing about a telesurgery project from the field work of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF). MSF is one of VSee’s most inspiring humanitarian organizations.  Whether it’s providing aid in war-torn countries, nations hit by natural disasters, or areas facing epidemics, they’re often the last ones out or the only humanitarian organization operating in that zone. Continue Reading…

How Health Technology Is Changing

It is undeniable that technology is transforming healthcare. New health technology emerges every day, altering the way medical professionals practice medicine. Read all about the ground-breaking developments changing the face of the healthcare sector. Continue Reading…

Can Platforms Accelerate Telehealth Adoption? – Paul Smolke, Microsoft [TFSS Talks]

telehealth platformWhat is a platform and why do you need one to do telehealth? Paul Smolke of Microsoft argues that a telehealth platform helps patients to buy into your program.  Continue Reading…

Virtual Care Reality and Accelerators to Scale – James Mault, MD, Qualcomm [TFSS Talks]

James Mault Qualcomm

It’s time for a reality check. Virtual care has not lived up to the hype. True, the mobile revolution is mind-blowing. So why hasn’t telehealth kept pace? Jim Mault thinks he may know why, because his company Qualcomm is at the forefront of making virtual care a reality for everyone.Continue Reading…

The Telehealth Adoption Black Hole – Milton Chen, VSee [TFSS Talks]

The telehealth industry’s biggest challenge is a lack of adoption among patients and consumers. Why aren’t more people using the telehealth technology available to them? Why is there a telemedicine adoption blackhole?Continue Reading…

Are You Losing Patient Engagement With A Bad Symptom Checker?

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The democratizing of healthcare and health information through technology means opportunities for great innovation and improved efficiency. It also introduces new challenges for engaging patients. Using the right kind of healthcare software is crucial to maximizing care and minimizing costs.

For example, almost everyone has used an internet website or health app such as WebMD, ShareCare , Healthline, HealthTap, Mayo ClinicContinue Reading…

Get Full Medicare Reimbursement in the Skilled Nursing Facility

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Every skilled nursing facility must abide by rules set by Medicare, particularly when it comes to Potentially Avoidable Hospitalizations, or PAHs. In fact, Medicare will soon be changing its reimbursement policy so that if a patient is readmitted to a hospital after a short stay in skilled nursing, the facility is penalized with less reimbursement money through the Medicare program. These changes don’t go into effect until 2019, but skilled nursing facilities are already receiving feedback reports on their performance. More and more, the skilled nursing facility is discovering that telemedicine provides a viable solution for monitoring, assessing, evaluating, and diagnosing patients on site without transferring them out of the facility for care – thus avoiding getting dinged by Medicare in the process.Continue Reading…

How Telepsychiatry Will Revolutionize the Emergency Room

telepsychiatry - Psychiatrists see patients by video

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Most ERs do not have a psychiatrist on staff, and yet one-eighth of all hospital emergency visits require mental health diagnoses. Most emergency rooms are set up to deal with physical emergencies, traumatic injuries, and acute conditions. They’re not so ready to deal with psychiatric emergencies such as bipolar or schizophrenic episodes, although these cases are finding their way into emergency departments across the nation in record numbers. Many emergency rooms don’t have a psychiatrist on staff, let alone a mental health professional manning the ER around the clock. The solution is telepsychiatry: patch in qualified mental health providers remotely via video.Continue Reading…

Is Emergency Telemedicine Failing Because We’re Using the Wrong Technology?

This post was contributed by Richard Fury, a longtime health expert, formerly of Kaiser Permanente. Mr. Fury shared his take on why ambulatory doctors should adopt emergency telemedicine. — the editors

Telemedicine is the low hanging fruit in the quest for affordable healthcare. There are valid reasons why ambulatory doctors must adopt emergency telemedicine.

Surveys show a high percentage of patients accept remote care. For physicians and payers, it is obvious that video visits provide value for ambulatory patients and avoid unnecessary trips to the emergency room. Consider the high cost of bricks and mortar and support staff necessary for traditional visits. So, why haven’t we moved forward with wide adoption?Continue Reading…

Comparing VSee, Zoom, GoToMeeting for Virtual Doctor Visits

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VSee, Zoom, GoToMeeting — with all the options out there for doing telehealth and telemedicine, how do you know what works best for your telemedicine needs? It’s been awhile since we’ve looked at Zoom and Citrix’s GoToMeeting (GTM) products, so we decided to check them out again and see how VSee is stacking up.Continue Reading…

2016 HIPAA Survey: Are Your Mobile Devices HIPAA-Compliant?

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Health care workers are getting better at protecting patient information, according to a new health care survey that shows small medical practices and medical billing companies are becoming more compliant toward Continue Reading…

VSee and Arc Devices New Partnership to Bring Connected Health To Consumers

ARC Devices thermometer

VSee is happy to announce a new partnership with Arc Devices – the leader in non-touch digital thermometry.

The partnership aims to bring together the latest in non-touch digital technology with VSee’s simple telehealth platform for  the world’s first wireless connected thermometer embedded into a remote patient monitoring kit.Continue Reading…

VSee Wins Seton’s Healthcare Innovation Award

Seton Healthcare named VSee as one of its Healthcare Innovation Awardees at the Future of Care: Innovation Luncheon last April 27, 2016.

Seton Healthcare Innovation Awardee

Healthcare Innovation of the Year Winner: Patient IO; Healthcare Innovation Awards: Rallyhood, UnaliWear, and VSee

Over 500 civic, medical and academic leaders attended the Luncheon held at the Four Seasons in Austin. Out of 85 applicants and 10 finalistsSeton Healthcare Family recognized VSee as a leader in providing complete solutions to effectively connect patients with their doctors over video.
“Seton is at the heart of solving real human problems in health care. As the largest caregiver in Austin’s future Innovation Zone, Seton will be where collaborators physically come together to explore how to care for people in the best manner possible,” Kristi Henderson, Seton vice president of Virtual Care and Innovation, said. “But in order to succeed at the highest level, the partnership must engage with entrepreneurs to rethink health care and imagine a different – and far better – future.”
From self-scheduling, ePay, visit notes, and device integration, VSee solutions indeed brings the “future of healthcare” to the present. Winners help make the new Dell Seton Medical Center a place for true healthcare innovation and research.

New Survey: Telemedicine Goes Mainstream [Infographic]

A recent survey shows that video telemedicine is not only becoming more mainstream, it’s also easier than ever for patients and providers to connect online. Some people think telemedicine is a radical new technology, the “wave of the future.” But these results suggest that we’ve already passed the tipping point.  

VSee surveyed mental and behavioral health providers over several weeks in February and March. Altogether, more than 250 people responded. We’ve summarized the most surprising results of our survey in the infographic below.  Check it out:

Video makes remote healthcare painless and convenient. As you can see, more and more providers are growing increasingly comfortable with video telemedicine. If you haven’t yet tried VSee, what are you waiting for? Download VSee for free. Or contact our telehealth experts and request a live demonstration.

Care at Hand: Proving the ROI of Telemedicine

Guest post by Dr. Andrey Ostrovsky, MD and CEO  of Care at Hand

Next phase in the evolution of telemedicine

There is a lot of hype about telemedicine. As the reimbursement landscape matures due to the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and other policy vehicles, the promise of telemedicine is being put to the test.

Medicare payment shift MACRA

The good news is that telemedicine has been shown to be clinically effective and financially sustainable in certain settings. However, telemedicine is not always clinically appropriate or commercially viable. It requires a graded approach in each clinical situation in order to

  • balance specific patient needs and risks,
  • complement the local care delivery processes, and
  • align with local healthcare financing environment.

As a pioneer in telemedicine, VSee is partnering with Care at Hand to deliver telehealth that continually titrates the level telemedicine as needed to optimize clinical outcomes, patient experience, and cost effectiveness.

Care at Hand is a predictive insights platform powered by non-medical staff. For payers and providers struggling to optimize margins and achieve the Triple Aim, Care at Hand provides a smart survey platform that identifies early medical and psychosocial risk factors for hospitalization.

Care at Hand Predictive insights

Unlike episodic predictive models limited to claims and EMR data, Care at Hand predicts hospitalization risk in the blind spot between doctor visits, using the observations of existing frontline staff.

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Physician groups

Office secretaries in the clinic can perform outbound calls to patients guided by the Care at Hand surveys as part of their routine outreach to remind patients about upcoming appointments. The Care at Hand technology will automatically detect if patients are at increased risk for hospitalization and in turn notify the nurse triage line. The physician or other eligible provider can then use VSee to videoconference with the patient for a billable tele-consult. Physician groups stand to increase their revenue and help their patients by using Care at Hand in the following ways:

1) Charge for a reimbursable telemedicine visit
2) Charge for a chronic care management or care transition episode
3) Increase gain-share from reduced admissions due to the early detection and intervention when in capitated contracts with Medicare C plans.

Integrated Delivery Networks (IDNs)

IDNs provide a broader range of services than physician groups allowing for additional capabilities from the VSee and Care at Hand partnership. In particular IDNs that are using call centers to expand their population health management can optimize the cost-effectiveness of those call centers. In particular, as call centers grow, they can either expand by hiring more nurses, or they can expand by hiring much less expensive non-medical staff and use Care at Hand to allow one nurse to supervise 20 non-medical staff.

Furthermore, VSee will be expanding it’s footprint in post-acute care by using Care at Hand to create a bridge between doctors and post-acute care providers. Post-acute providers that staff non-medical workers using Care at Hand will have immediate physician support when elevated risk is detected by the Care at Hand system. The integration of Care at Hand’s light-weight risk-detection through non-medical staff and VSee’s gorgeously simple physician videoconferencing will ensure that patients get the right level of care without overmedicalizing ever small escalation.

The marketplace is demanding precise data to drive care delivery and paying for value from telemedicine vendors. The VSee and Care at Hand partnership allows both of these things to happen.

Doctors Aren’t the Only Ones Leaking Your Health Data

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Health care is not the only industry that leaks your personal health information (PHI) according to Verizon. Businesses in every industry collect health data on their employees. Whether it’s for wellness programs and employee benefits or workers’ compensation, there are many ways employers and businesses can get hold of your health data. Continue Reading…

Three Reasons Why HealthSpot Died

HealthSpot kiosk in RiteAid

HealthSpot, the poster child for telemedicine kiosks has suddenly and abruptly shut down. Its fall is rather poignant considering its much touted Continue Reading…

Is RockHealth Wrong? Why There is no Uber for Healthcare

Uber for healthRitu Rajan and Teresa Wang of RockHealth wrote an excellent article digging into “Why There is No Uber for Healthcare.” It was a great summary of all the latest buzz around Uber and the digital health market as seen by RockHealth.

Unfortunately the article missed the three most important points on why there’s no Uber for healthcare.  Continue Reading…

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