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Telehealth's Risks to Physicians and Patients Examined in New White Paper

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 4:30pm

While telemedicine can provide sweeping benefits, healthcare providers must also be aware of existing and emerging risks to protect themselves and their patients.

Key Points: 
  • While telemedicine can provide sweeping benefits, healthcare providers must also be aware of existing and emerging risks to protect themselves and their patients.
  • The Doctors Company addresses these risks and how to mitigate them in a new white paper, Your Patient Is Logging on Now: The Risks and Benefits of Telehealth in the Future of Healthcare .
  • The white paper examines foreseeable future risks such as:
    Decreased access to care for some patients without access to internet, with language barriers, or a lack of technological savvy.
  • Founded and led by physicians, The Doctors Company ( thedoctors.com ) is relentlessly committed to advancing, protecting, and rewarding the practice of good medicine.

Pulsara Receives 2020 HealthTechZone Telehealth Award

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 1:21pm

BOZEMAN, Mont., Aug. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Pulsara , the leading telehealth and communication platform that connects teams across organizations, announced today that the company has received a 2020 Telehealth Award from HealthTechZone.com , a leading healthcare technology news source.

Key Points: 
  • BOZEMAN, Mont., Aug. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Pulsara , the leading telehealth and communication platform that connects teams across organizations, announced today that the company has received a 2020 Telehealth Award from HealthTechZone.com , a leading healthcare technology news source.
  • "These awards are regarded as some of the most prestigious and respected honors in the communications and technology sector worldwide," states HealthTechZone Telehealth Award's official awards press release.
  • As a mobile-first telehealth communication platform, Pulsara helps healthcare providers increase efficiency and minimize miscommunication and delays in emergency care.
  • With its flexible workflows, research has shown an average decreased treatment time of approximately 30% when using Pulsara.

Biotricity Signs Agreement with Telemedicine Company

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 1:00pm

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Aug. 12, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Biotricity Inc. (OTCQB: BTCY ), a medical diagnostic and consumer healthcare technology company, today announced that it has entered into an Agreement that establishes terms under which Biotricty will enter into a licensing agreement.

Key Points: 
  • REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Aug. 12, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Biotricity Inc. (OTCQB: BTCY ), a medical diagnostic and consumer healthcare technology company, today announced that it has entered into an Agreement that establishes terms under which Biotricty will enter into a licensing agreement.
  • The addition of telemedicine provides additional growth for the Company.
  • The licensing agreement will enable Biotricity to offer a telemedicine platform under its brand in conjunction with its Bioflux product offering.
  • The purchase option is structured through a payment schedule or revenues generated by telemedicine, allowing the company to maintain its cash position while also avoiding dilution.

Eagle Telemedicine Appoints Brian Hunt, M.D., as Telehospitalist Trainer

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 1:50pm

ATLANTA, Aug. 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Eagle Telemedicine today announced the appointment of Brian Hunt, M.D., as Telehospitalist Trainer.

Key Points: 
  • ATLANTA, Aug. 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Eagle Telemedicine today announced the appointment of Brian Hunt, M.D., as Telehospitalist Trainer.
  • "Dr. Hunt is a skilled physician and communicator," said Talbot "Mac" McCormick, M.D., president and chief executive officer of Eagle Telemedicine.
  • Dr. Hunt was also instrumental in forming Sunflower Telemedicine, a group of Kansas physicians who partner with Eagle Telemedicine to improve healthcare access in Kansas' rural communities.
  • "As Telehospitalist Trainer, my focus is to prepare our new telemedicine providers for success right from their very first shift," said Dr. Hunt.

Telehealth Claim Lines Increase 5,680 Percent Nationally from May 2019 to May 2020

Thursday, August 6, 2020 - 3:01pm

Against the backdrop of the year-to-year increase, telehealth claim lines fell 33 percent nationally from 13.00 percent of medical claim lines in April 2020 to 8.69 percent in May 2020.

Key Points: 
  • Against the backdrop of the year-to-year increase, telehealth claim lines fell 33 percent nationally from 13.00 percent of medical claim lines in April 2020 to 8.69 percent in May 2020.
  • In each region, there were large percent increases in volume of claim lines from May 2019 to May 2020, but these increases were smaller than the increases from April 2019 to April 2020.
  • Other notable findings of the Monthly Telehealth Regional Tracker concern the top five telehealth diagnoses:
    Mental health conditions, already the number one telehealth diagnosis nationally and in every region in April 2020, accounted for an even larger share of telehealth claim lines in May 2020.
  • Nationally, this diagnosis increased from 34 percent to 40 percent of telehealth claim lines from April to May 2020.

Patients Prefer Physicians Who Offer Telemedicine During COVID-19 and Beyond, Says New Everyday Health and Klick Health Research

Thursday, August 6, 2020 - 2:02pm
Key Points: 
  • View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20200806005248/en/
    Everyday Health and Klick Health today released interesting new research, which finds people prefer doctors who offer telemedicine and that they expect telemedicine to continue to be offered post-pandemic.
  • The study also suggests that patients are using telemedicine much more for prescription renewals and regular check-ups than for looking into new conditions or symptoms.
  • Yet, this group ranked lowest in their familiarity with telemedicine and their likelihood to engage healthcare professionals who provide telemedicine post-pandemic.
  • The Everyday Health Group is a division of J2 Global Inc. (NASDAQ:JCOM) and is headquartered in New York City.

$1B Medicare Advantage Company Alignment Healthcare Expands its Award-Winning "Senior First" Model to New Markets in California, Nevada and North Carolina

Thursday, August 6, 2020 - 2:00pm

Alignment Healthcare , a mission-based Medicare Advantage insurance company founded in 2013, today announced that its award-winning Medicare Advantage plans will expand into several new markets across California, Nevada and North Carolina starting in 2021, reaching more than 5.9 million1 people eligible for Medicare, pending regulatory approval.

Key Points: 
  • Alignment Healthcare , a mission-based Medicare Advantage insurance company founded in 2013, today announced that its award-winning Medicare Advantage plans will expand into several new markets across California, Nevada and North Carolina starting in 2021, reaching more than 5.9 million1 people eligible for Medicare, pending regulatory approval.
  • The company also announced that it will expand its plan portfolio, including the debut of a signature virtual health plan.
  • Alignment Healthcare offers health plan options to California residents through Alignment Health Plan, and partners with select health plans in North Carolina to help deliver better benefits at lower costs.
  • 1 5.9 million as of July 2020, https://www.cms.gov/research-statistics-data-and-systemsstatistics-trend...
    3 Every year, Medicare evaluates plans based on a 5-star rating system.

AI Health Tech Start-up Infermedica Raises $10 Million Series A for R&D and International Expansion – Customers Include Microsoft

Thursday, August 6, 2020 - 9:00am

Infermedica , the AI-based platform for preliminary diagnosis and triage, announced it has raised $10.25 million in Series A funding.

Key Points: 
  • Infermedica , the AI-based platform for preliminary diagnosis and triage, announced it has raised $10.25 million in Series A funding.
  • The company operates in B2B model and helps insurance, telemedicine companies, and health systems increase efficiency through fast, digital symptom-checks.
  • Infermedica currently employs more than 100 specialists including doctors, data scientists, and engineers, and doubled their team size in the last year.
  • Additionally, Heartbeat Labs and Flying Health are invested as anchor investors, complementing the Heal Capital team with expertise in building and scaling digital health companies.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts to Issue More Than $100 Million in Premium Relief to Insured Customers and Members

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - 5:01pm

The refunds are in addition to the $116 million Blue Cross has invested to support its members, customers, clinical partners, and the community throughout the pandemic, bringing the company's COVID-related financial commitments to more than $217 million.

Key Points: 
  • The refunds are in addition to the $116 million Blue Cross has invested to support its members, customers, clinical partners, and the community throughout the pandemic, bringing the company's COVID-related financial commitments to more than $217 million.
  • "We're giving money back to our customers and members to help provide financial relief during what we know is an incredibly challenging and uncertain time."
  • Before the end of the year, Medicare Advantage members will receive a one month "premium holiday" during which they will not be charged their monthly premium.
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts ( www.bluecrossma.com ) is a community-focused, tax-paying, not-for-profit health plan headquartered in Boston.

AlloSource Honors Dr. Ergun Kocak With The Annual Dr. Steven Gitelis Inspiration Award

Tuesday, August 4, 2020 - 6:24pm

CENTENNIAL, Colo., Aug. 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --AlloSource, one of the largest allograft providers in the U.S., creating innovative cellular and tissue products to help surgeons heal their patients, today announced it is awarding Dr. Ergun Kocak with its fourth annual Dr. Steven Gitelis Inspiration Award.

Key Points: 
  • CENTENNIAL, Colo., Aug. 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --AlloSource, one of the largest allograft providers in the U.S., creating innovative cellular and tissue products to help surgeons heal their patients, today announced it is awarding Dr. Ergun Kocak with its fourth annual Dr. Steven Gitelis Inspiration Award.
  • The award honors a physician who understands and embraces the use of donated human tissue to help patients heal.
  • "It's been an honor to work with AlloSource on innovations in reconstructive surgery," said Dr. Kocak.
  • The award is named after Dr. Steven Gitelis, a highly regarded orthopedic surgeon and one of AlloSource's founding medical directors.