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VA Awards Contract to 1Vision, AMC Health for Telehealth Solutions

On Monday, MHW learned that 1Vision LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of HMS TECHNOLOGIES, INC., and AMC Health, a leading provider of proven real-time virtual care solutions, have been awarded the Authority to Operate (ATO) and provide telehealth solutions to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

With this agreement, 1Vision’s and AMC Health’s telehealth solutions will be made available to enrolled Veterans and their family members. Earlier this year, 1Vision and AMC Health announced their participation in an up to 5-year VA Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract with a guaranteed minimum of $50,000 and a potential maximum $258,668,957, to provide telehealth solutions, confirming it meets the government’s stringent data security and privacy standards.

VA is America’s largest integrated health care system, serving nine million enrolled Veterans and providing care at 1,240 sites of care. VHA’s Home Telehealth Program relies on telehealth platforms from commercial contractors classified by the VA as Medical Device Data Systems.

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NEWS: Global Partnership for Telehealth Presents to Association of Social Work Boards

News Release: Sherrie Williams, COO of the South Georgia telemedicine networking agency Global Partnership for Telehealth, led one of several strategic planning focus groups at the Association of Social Work Boards’ 2018 Educational Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia on Saturday morning. Williams’ presentation, titled “ePractice Across State Lines,” focused on educating social work licensing regulators about the ever-shifting technological landscape.

Williams, a licensed clinical social worker herself, said the ASWB tapped her for the presentation due to her vast experience in telehealth. “I was asked to provide ‘food for thought’ to these regulators so that when they put pen to paper, they have a much clearer understanding of what is happening in the telehealth marketplace in terms of legislation, rules, and trends,” she said.

According to Williams, writing sensible rules to govern social workers in the current electronic age is a delicate task. “My encouragement to them was to think strategically,” Williams said. “Technology changes at the speed of light. Regulators need to plan for the future and not necessarily the now.”

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First Look: Decillion Healthcare Acquired

MHW learned today that BioMatrix Specialty Pharmacy announced that it has acquired Decillion Healthcare, near Columbus, Ohio.

Decillion provides individualized pharmacy and clinical support services for patients with chronic, difficult to treat conditions in neurology, oncology, gastroenterology, immunology, rheumatology and more.

Decillion also provides infusion services from their wholly-owned ambulatory infusion center in Dublin, Ohio. The pharmacy is accredited by the Joint Commission and is a member organization of the NHIA Standards for Ethical Practice.

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ONE20 Announces Exclusive MDLIVE Offering

Access to affordable health care on the road is one of the trucking industry’s biggest challenges today. That’s why the nation’s largest free membership for professional truck drivers – ONE20 – is teaming up with MDLIVE to give members access to “affordable virtual health care.”

According to a provided media release, the ONE20 MDLIVE Program provides more benefits to drivers than any other virtual health plan.

The touted benefits include:

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ClearHealth Quality Institute Unveils New Telemedicine Accreditation Program

ClearHealth Quality Institute, an independent health care accrediting body, announced today the launch of CHQI’s new Telemedicine Accreditation Program (TAP).

MHW has learned that the program is now accepting applicants and the TAP Standards and Guide are now available at www.CHQI.com.

As the only telemedicine or telehealth accreditation program endorsed by the American Telemedicine Association (ATA), the TAP accreditation seal provides consumers with an easy-to-identify confirmation of quality from an independent third-party organization. This patient and consumer benefit had previously been unavailable for telehealth services, which are a rapidly expanding segment of the health care market.

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First Look: Enterprise Telemedicine Substantially More Successful than Departmental Approach

U.S. healthcare providers are increasingly leveraging a centrally managed (i.e., enterprise) approach to telemedicine, according to the results of the REACH Health 2018 U.S. Telemedicine Industry Benchmark Survey. Forty-eight percent of respondents indicated they use an enterprise approach, up from 39 percent in 2017. This corresponded with a significant drop in telemedicine initiatives managed by individual departments, from 36 percent last year to 26 percent this year.

“Not only are enterprise telemedicine programs becoming more common – they are markedly more successful,” said Steve McGraw, President and CEO of REACH Health. “When we correlated these approaches with participants’ achievements, we found that organizations taking an enterprise approach are 30 percent more likely to be highly successful than organizations with a departmental approach.”

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First Look: OntarioMD Enters into New Partnership with the Ontario Telemedicine Network

OntarioMD announce ahead of the weekend that it has entered into a new partnership agreement with the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) to streamline the delivery of digital health services that provide clinical value to Ontario physician practices and enhance care for their patients.

“Our organizations are building on our successful, award-winning collaboration to engage more family physicians and specialists in the use of digital health services,” said Sarah Hutchison, CEO of OntarioMD. “Using valuable provincial digital health programs such as eConsult, Ontario clinicians are reducing wait times for specialist advice for their patients.”

Response to a clinical request is on average two days, resulting in patients receiving the care they need quickly and reducing the anxiety often caused by long wait times.

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