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Methodist Family Health Centers Launches Virtual Care to Improve Patient Access

Methodist Family Health Centers, a part of Methodist Medical Group and affiliate of Methodist Health System, announced ahead of the weekend the launch of Methodist NOW – an online diagnosis and treatment service that enables patients to receive convenient access to care by connecting them virtually with trusted Methodist Family Health Center providers.

Methodist NOW is powered by Zipnosis, a virtual care company that enables health systems to provide virtual care services, meeting the needs of patients while improving access to care and maximizing clinical capacity. This launch marks the next phase in Methodist Medical Group’s broad consumer access strategy.

Methodist NOW facilitates care delivery through evidence-based online interviews paired with real-time chat functionality that enables patients and providers to exchange messages when additional information is needed for a diagnosis.

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Zeriscope Augments Mobile Telemedicine Exam Kit with New Offering

Zeriscope announced Thursday that it has added a hands-free examination camera to its Mobile Telemedicine Exam Kit.

This new line-of-sight camera option allows a professional caregiver, located with a patient, to live stream medical examination and observation video to a remote physician supervising and directing the telemedicine exam. With the head-worn camera, the caregiver has both hands free to conduct the examination, allowing the remote video stream to continue uninterrupted.

Ideal for use by home health nurses, paramedics, or other remotely located caregivers facilitating telemedicine exams with physicians, the Zeriscope Mobile Telemedicine Exam Kit contains a variety of peripheral sensory devices and cameras. Web-based (cellular or wifi), portable and lightweight, the Zeriscope system outperforms cart based telemedicine systems at a fraction of the costs.

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New Global Partnership Emerges in Telehealth for Consumer Health and Professional Healthcare

Royal Philips — a global leader in health technology, and American Well — a leading U.S. telehealth provider — announced today the signing of a new strategic partnership to jointly deliver virtual care solutions around the world.

Through this technology partnership, the two companies will work together to embed American Well’s mobile telehealth services into an array of Philips solutions for both healthy consumers and patients with a medical need, spanning personal health & wellness, population health management, and clinical programs.

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First Look: Heally and MediCann Announce Partnership

As Jeff Sessions, U.S. Attorney General, moves towards a reversal of policy implemented under the Obama administration, cloud-based telehealth platform Heally announced that they will be providing MediCann, one of the largest medical cannabis clinical intermediaries in California, their tele-medicine platform for all clinical consultations as well as partnering together on scientific research and data collection programs to increase efficacy in patient recommendations.

If you’re not familiar with Heally, it’s a peer-to-peer cloud-based telehealth platform that allows patients to instantly be matched with a doctor and leverages proprietary data to deliver the most effective cannabis products to meet each patient’s needs.

MediCann was founded by Dr. Jean Talleyrand in 2004 and is one of the longest running medical cannabis intermediaries, connecting patients with clinical groups and offering medical cannabis evaluation and education. While MediCann clinics are primarily located in the Bay area of California, MediCann patients will now be able connect with their preferred physician from anywhere through their private patient portal, eliminating geographical barriers and delivering personalized care in the privacy of their own homes or offices. The partnership also directs patients post-consultation to recommended medicines available at local dispensaries.

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WellDoc Validates Potential of Its Digital Therapeutic BlueStar

WellDoc, a leading digital health company, announced today that its “clinically proven” hemoglobin A1C reductions for users of its BlueStar digital therapeutic with type 2 diabetes can translate into significant healthcare cost savings.

According to a provided release:

Truven Health Analytics®, part of the IBM Watson Health™ business, conducted an analysis for WellDoc using the MarketScan® Research Databases, a family of research data sets that fully integrate de-identified patient-level health data, productivity, laboratory results, health risk assessments, hospital discharges, electronic medical records (EMR) and morbidity data into data available for healthcare research. Data are contributed by large employers, managed care organizations, hospitals, EMR providers, and Medicare and Medicaid programs. Findings are based on an analysis of commercial and Medicare consumers within the MarketScan Databases.

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Technology is Shaking Up Medicine at the Digital Health Summit at CES

MHW has learned that the 9th annual Digital Health Summit, presented by Living in Digital Times, returns this year to CES 2018 with two days of discussions covering today’s hot topics in digital health.

Digital Health Summit will take place Wednesday, January 10 and Thursday, January 11 at the Venetian, Level 4, Lando 4304.

“Digital health is a driving force in how healthcare is administered, customized and reimagined,” an emailed statement reads. “As technology moves forward at lightspeed, the healthcare industry is learning to adapt and harness the advantages offered by innovators who strive to create better provider-patient connections, introduce new cutting-edge digital therapies and ease the stress of managing chronic conditions and providing care for the aging.”

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NewYork-Presbyterian and Walgreens Announce Telemedicine Collaboration

NewYork-Presbyterian and Walgreens are collaborating to bring convenient access to NewYork-Presbyterian’s world-class care through new telemedicine services, now available through Walgreens digital properties and at self-service kiosks at select Duane Reade drugstores in New York.

NewYork-Presbyterian, New York’s No. 1 hospital, is offering the telemedicine services as part of its NYP OnDemand suite of digital health services.

“We are delighted to work with Walgreens to bring NewYork-Presbyterian’s world-class care right to your neighborhood drugstore with this exciting new platform,” said Dr. Steven J. Corwin, president and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian. “Patients can expect to receive focused, one-on-one care from leading physicians, where and when they need it. We believe telemedicine has a critical role to play in expanding access to high-quality care, and we are proud to be at the forefront of digital healthcare delivery.”

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