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New Report Reminds That Obstacles for Telehealth Persist

New Report Reminds That Obstacles for Telehealth PersistAvizia, a telehealth solution provider, and Modern Healthcare Custom Media, the research division of Modern Healthcare, recently shared with mHealthWatch the findings from their national telehealth survey.

The report, “Closing the Telehealth Gap,” surveyed more than 280 healthcare leaders from U.S. hospitals, physician groups, ambulatory centers and other healthcare groups, and exposed a major disconnect between how healthcare providers currently use telehealth versus how they want to use the technology.

According to the findings, the most common service lines using telehealth today include stroke (44 percent), behavioral health (39 percent), staff education and training (28 percent), and primary care (22 percent). However, when executives look to the future, patient education and train­ing lead the wish list (34 percent), closely followed by remote patient home monitoring (30 percent) and primary care (27 percent).

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PokitDok Launches Eligibility, Pricing Estimate Services

PokitDok Taps Lemhi to Lead Oversubscribed 34M Series B RoundIn its stated mission to power the business of healthcare, today at the American Telemedicine Association Annual Conference, PokitDok introduced a suite of Pharmacy Benefit and Eligibility tools.

Through three new Application Programming Interfaces (API), PokitDok now gives physicians, EMRs and other digital health innovators a “consolidated view of patient prescription plans, qualified formularies, in-network pharmacies, and related financial information.”

This level of real-time digital access provides insight into which medications are covered by a member’s insurance plan before prescribing, ensures those drugs are available for pick up from a qualified pharmacy, and subsequent payment is processed accurately.

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Healthcare Tech Veteran Joins REACH Health

reachA prominent healthcare technology veteran is reaching for a new opportunity.

Reach Health, a telemedicine software company, announced ahead of the weekend that Gary Christian has joined the senior executive team as chief operating officer, responsible for operations and finance.

Christian brings to the company what the Reach team calls “deep operational and financial experience,” with a long track record of success in the healthcare software and technology industry.

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Op-Ed: Making Technology Work for Nurses

Op-Ed: Making Technology Work for NursesThe following is a guest contributed post from Aparna Bala, AirStrip’s Clinical Transformation Consultant.

Nursing is the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations (American Nurses Association, 2014)

Nurses are on the frontlines delivering care and ensuring that a patient’s safety and best interest remain at the center of care. Key nursing values promote a holistic approach to patient care – one that incorporates not only clinical responsibilities, but also compassion, cultural sensitivity, situational awareness and tech savviness.

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First Look: Healthx Partners with Teladoc

First Look: Healthx Partners with TeladocHealthx, Inc., a provider of cloud-based digital engagement solutions for healthcare payers and other stakeholders, and Teladoc, Inc., a provider of telehealth services, announced a partnership this morning to offer Teladoc’s services on the Healthx member engagement platform.

In summary, Teladoc’s telehealth services are pre-integrated to the Healthx platform, and provide members with 24/7 online access to state-licensed, board-certified physicians for on-demand remote care via mobile devices, secure online video and phone.

In situations when a member of a health plan or third party administrator (TPA) doesn’t have access to their family physician for common, non-emergency conditions, an urgent care or emergency room visit may be the only option, which is costly and time-consuming.

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Snaps, Periscope Unveil Emoji Keyboard for Special Needs Community

Snaps, Periscope Unveil Emoji Keyboard for Special Needs CommunitymHealthWatch has learned that Snaps and Periscope are rolling out a new emoji keyboard created in partnership with Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, a St. Paul-based hospital serving kids with disabilities and other complex medical conditions.

Emojability — as the new keyboard is called — gives those in the special needs community symbols and sayings that are relevant to their lives.

From adaptive equipment and therapy emojis to “You got this” and other encouraging phrases, the emoji keyboard gives those in the special needs community a fun and empowering way to communicate about their day and their achievements.

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Healthcare Tech is a Tale of Two Cities, Says AARP Report

indexAt its Health Innovation@50+ event this week, AARP issued a Caregivers and Technology: What they Want and Need study aimed at identifying technology interest and usage among America’s 40 million unpaid family caregivers.

The report summary shared with MHW was an eye-opener to say the least.

The research in question found that caregivers have a high interest in using technology to care for their loved ones. 71 percent of survey participants expressed interest in using technology to support caregiving activities while less than ten percent have currently or previously used a caregiving technology.

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