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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…

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

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…

Qualcomm Shows VSee Partner Icuro at mHealth

Check out our highlights from this year’s mHealth conference! Icuro’s patient management app showcased by Qualcomm.  Clicking “Call” launches a VSee video call. VSee integration with pulse and emotion sensing Intel RealSense webcam. VSee & iHealth team Kind of awe-inspiring to have your logo emblazoned on a banner the size of a…

Is Epic Bottlenecking EMR Interoperability?

In January 2009, President Obama predicted “within five years, all of America’s medical records will be computerized. This will cut waste, eliminate red tape, and reduce the need to repeat extensive medical tests.” Six years later, medical records aren’t much better than they were. Continue Reading…

Can Doctor House Calls Reduce US Health Costs?

A health editorial in today’s New York Times asks why don’t more doctors do house calls. Sandeep Jauhar, a cardiologist, writes: Traveling to patients’ homes is inefficient and almost never profitable for doctors or hospitals. But I believe that if we revived the house call, the overall savings to the…

MDLIVE Joins Other Telemedicine Players in 50M Round of Funding

MDLIVE, the telehealth platform used by Walgreens and Cigna, has raised $50 million in a recent round of funding, bringing it to a total of $74 million. The MDLIVE investment came from private equity firm Bedford Funding which also funds Voalte. Last fall MDLIVE broadened its reach by acquiring Breakthrough Behavioral, a leading…

Teledoc and American Well Fight Over Telemedicine Software Patent

American Well has filed a lawsuit against TeleDoc. The suit claims that TeleDoc violated American Well’s intellectual property rights . The news comes right on the heels of TeleDoc’s recent tangle with the Texas Medical Board. According to FierceHealthIT, the issue is over American Well’s patent called “connecting consumers with…

VSee at Urgent Care Convention in Chicago April 27-29

VSee simple, secure video telemedicine platform will be at the National Urgent Care Convention in Chicago, this week April 27-29, booth #208. We will also be exhibiting at ATA 2015 booth #2602 the following week. VSee provides a complete suite of telemedicine products and services from telemedicine kits and carts with…

Google Helpouts Shutting Down in April

Google has announced they are shutting down Helpouts, their platform for experts to offer advice by video, on April 20. With Google Helpouts shutting down, health providers who use the service to consult with clients will have to find an alternative to Helpouts. In the Guardian Liberty Voice, Alley Hines writes:…

Did Vidyo / Fuze Kill Verizon Telehealth?

For the last few years, Verizon has been one of the titans leading the charge into the telemedicine space. Verizon had a big presence at tradeshows such as mHealth. They issued RFPs for video conference and telemedicine platforms to create their offerings, and created a huge buzz about the new Verizon…

HealthTap Beating Doctor on Demand – Pregnant Teens the Deciding Factor?

Growing contenders for the telemedicine market A year ago, the undisputed telemedicine leaders were MDLIVE at #1 and TelaDoc at #2. Then American Well came onto the scene when it decided to pivot its business model to copy MDLIVE’s. It hired a network of providers and  started doing direct consumer video doctor…

Vidyo No-Show — Are They Giving up on Telemedicine?

This year’s ATA Fall Forum in Palm Desert, CA was a huge show of strength for telemedicine. All the big names were there, from Global Med to AMD Telemedicine to MedWeb to VSee, even non-HIPAA compliant Zoom was there. The theme was “Managing Chronic Conditions via Telemedicine,” and the VSee…

Two Upbeat Reports on Global Telemedicine

Telemedicine has recently been featured in two different news outlets, the Economist and Healthcare Matters. This added attention suggests that the public is beginning to wake up to telemedicine’s potential. According to the Economist: “Telemedicine is more than a Skype chat between doctor and patient, says Michael Young, who works…

Google Search Your Pain for a Free Doctor Video Visit

In spite of Google’s rocky start into health care with the failed Google Health, this hasn’t stopped search giant from jumping back into the health market waters with both feet. It is taking on Apple HealthKit with the recent launch of its own Google Fit api for Android health apps. Now, Google…

Feds Grant $15 Million for Telehealth Program

photo courtesy UNM Center for Telehealth Georgia O’ Keefe’s stark New Mexico landscapes makes it easy to see why this largely rural state is the ideal place for telemedicine to take root. In fact, the University of New Mexico (UNM) has been the cradle of the very successful Project ECHO video telemedicine…

Safer and Fewer Abortions with Telemedicine

Telemedicine abortion has been a hot topic recently with Planned Parenthood losing a “telemedicine abortion” ban suit against Iowa. Alana Semuels has explored the issue further in the Atlantic online, showing how telemedicine could impact women’s access to safe abortion. Writes Semuels, “there is one procedure that, though it could…

Teladoc Gets a Whopping 50M for Virtual Doctor Visits

Teladoc, one of the biggest telemedicine services around, recently closed a gratifying 50M in Series F funding for a total of 96.6M in venture capital. According to Venturebeat this is one of the largest raises for the digital health space this year.  Hot competitor, Doctor on Demand, which offers a…

4 Things You Should Know About Telemedicine Reimbursement

Who pays for telemedicine? As a health provider, just because you appear on a screen rather than in-person doesn’t make your expertise any less valuable. It makes sense to expect Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurers to reimburse you for your work. Fortunately, the rules for telemedicine reimbursement are changing these…

HealthTap Taps Doctors for Virtual Video Visits

photo credit: HealthTap HealthTap, best known for its online health question and answer knowledge base curated by real doctors, is looking to join the ranks of real-time virtual doctor visit platforms such as MDLIVE, American Well, Teladoc, and Doctor on Demand. Actually, it’s looking to outrank these virtual health platforms to become the Amazon…

New Medicare Telehealth Reimbursement Bill to Expand Coverage

Medicare is getting another chance at expanding its telehealth coverage.  Representative Mike Thompson from California has written a new Medicare Telehealth Parity Act of 2014 which would dramatically expand Medicare reimbursement for many more kinds of telemedicine. Most states tend follow Medicare’s lead when setting their Medicaid policies and determining what private insurers must cover.…

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