Expert Insights from ATA2017

The following is a guest contributed post from virtual health experts Dan Watterson and Greg Briscoe with North Highland.

The American Telemedicine Association’s Telehealth conference (ATA2017), is an annual convergence of 5,000 telehealth industry experts. As part of our work, we help providers, payers, vendors, and public sector entities embrace new ways of doing business in the rapidly evolving healthcare ecosystem. Many attendees and other exhibitors gravitated to North Highland’s exhibition booth for conversation. Our interactions at the conference revealed several key takeaways for virtual health.

Tech is only part of the recipe

Consumers desire virtual health. A 2017 telemedicine survey shows that patients prefer physicians who offer video visits. In fact, their willingness to switch primary care physicians for the opportunity to converse via video grew from 17 million to 50 million Americans between 2015 and 2017. This is great news for virtual health device and software providers. Yet, we heard from ATA2017 participants that telemedicine saves lives, money, and time only when it is implemented correctly.

While technology is certainly the conduit for telemedicine, and mobile is the platform of choice, even the best mobile health IT does not improve poor clinical communications or processes. Yes, studies illustrate that these technologies can increase positive outcomes for health systems and patients. Still, the path to the best telehealth destination for a provider can have many starts and stops depending on regulations, copays, and budget. Furthermore, medical practitioners and administrators can be easily overwhelmed by all of the options of how to implement processes for today’s myriad of standalone devices, smartphone apps, wearables, and remote monitoring services. Health systems must first set a comprehensive strategy to successfully transform to virtual health.

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mHealth News: What You Need to Know

Here are some of the top stories in healthcare, telemedicine, and mobile health that we have been monitoring this past week.

Hospital Visits to be Quicker Thanks to New App, Technology
Acuity Link, a technology company that assists hospitals and medical transport providers through automation of non-emergency transport bookings, officially announced today the availability of their new cloud-based software.

Big Leap Forward for Vibrent Health’s Precision Medicine SaaS Platform
MHW learned Monday that Vibrent Health’s software-as-a-service (SaaS) precision medicine platform was granted Authority to Operate (ATO) by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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Heritage Health Solutions Touts URAC Re-accreditation

Heritage Health Solutions, Inc. (Heritage), a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business, announced today that the company has achieved Full URAC Accreditation pursuant to Core 3.0. URAC is the independent leader in promoting healthcare quality through accreditation, certification and measurement. By achieving this status, Heritage has demonstrated a comprehensive commitment to quality care, improved processes and better patient outcomes.

Heritage Health Solutions, a verified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), provides health care delivery and management, pharmacy services, medical cost containment, and telemedicine to federal, state, county, and municipal agencies.

Heritage provides healthcare administrative services including custom healthcare solutions designed around the needs of their customers. The services augment the customers’ ability to administer programs by providing healthcare to their respective customers.

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First Look: Personal Connected Health Alliance Enhances Continua Test Tool

On Wednesday, The Personal Connected Health Alliance announced it has approved a new Continua Test Tool (CTT), adding in several new enhancements based on its Continua Design Guidelines.

The Continua Design Guidelines and the new CTT continues to scale enabling authentic clinical-grade interoperability and now includes chronic disease remote monitoring for diabetes care, hypertension, heart failure and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

The Continua Test Tool helps PCHAlliance members achieve Continua Certification for their products ensuring that their data is clearly understood within an electronic health record (EHR).

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LVL Technologies Touts New $6.75M Series A Funding Round

LVL Technologies, Inc., a company developing proprietary sensor platforms for wearables, announced Thursday a $6.75m Series A financing round led by the Samsung Catalyst Fund with participation from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc., and other investors in the wearable technology and manufacturing industries.

According to a media release, The Samsung Catalyst Fund and the round’s other participants were chosen for their innovation in digital health, leadership in wearables, expertise in design and manufacturing, and expansive consumer electronics supply chains.

Formerly known as BSX Athletics, LVL Technologies has developed a unique sensor platform to measure the body’s most critical vital signs, including for the first time ever, hydration.

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New Infographic Addresses Connected Health and the Rise of BYOD

With the proliferation of personal technologies, the “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) concept is helping to lead the way toward a more integrated model of care delivery that puts the patient at the center and focuses on improved access and better outcomes. For HCPs and patients alike, we’re seeing BYOD on the rise as a “digitally native” generation comes of age and advanced connectivity becomes the norm.

Recently, MHW was privy to a new infographic from Philips that details the rise of BYOD, the benefits of such platforms and key considerations for the industry.

To check it out, take a gander below. Additionally, Randy Hamlin, VP, Segment Leader, Philips Ultramobile recently wrote about the benefits of the BYOD movement. To review his insightful take, click here.

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Hospital Visits to be Quicker Thanks to New App, Technology

Acuity Link, a technology company that assists hospitals and medical transport providers through automation of non-emergency transport bookings, officially announced today the availability of their new cloud-based software.

According to a statement emailed to MHW, the software created by Acuity Link is a comprehensive discharge workflow tool allowing health care institutions to better manage discharges by innovating the process of booking non-emergency transportation.

This helps healthcare institutions to run more efficiently and dramatically improves patient experience, clinical outcome and bed utilization.

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