GenieMD iVisit Reimagines Telemedicine

On Wednesday, GenieMD — a market leader in offering mobile health solutions to consumers — announced the availability of its Telemedicine Platform iVisitTM.

“More than three-quarters of U.S. healthcare consumers welcome the idea of virtual visits with physicians, according to the results of a consumer survey conducted by The Advisory Board Company,” according to a statement released to the media.

As revealed in a June 19 announcement, 77 percent of consumers would consider seeing a physician virtually, while 19 percent already have, as revealed in the Virtual Visits Consumer Choice Survey, which surveyed 4,879 consumers online during September 2016.

“Across industries, consumers have become accustomed to using virtual technology for both real-time and asynchronous interactions. Health care providers can no longer wait to catch up,” Tom Cassels, national strategy partner at Advisory Board, said in a statement. “Providers have designed care access around their own convenience and will increasingly find patients willing to pay for their own convenience and alternatives to driving to physician offices for medical expertise.”
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Qualcomm Announces New Wearables Platform

Qualcomm Incorporated recently announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., is bringing LTE categories M1 (eMTC) and NB1 (NB-IoT) connectivity to the wearables industry with the launch of the new Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 1200 platform.

We’re told that Snapdragon Wear 1200 takes advantage of the wide coverage provided by emerging LTE narrowband technologies, or LTE IoT, to help usher in a new generation of ultra-low power, highly energy efficient, always connected, and cost-efficient experiences to targeted purpose wearable devices such as kid, pet, elderly, and fitness trackers.
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Biotricity Confirms Support of Progressive Changes in Telemedicine Healthcare Policy

Biotricity Inc., a medical diagnostic and consumer healthcare technology company, is once again acknowledging the importance of telemedicine by announcing its support of the proposed changes in healthcare policy and its expansion into healthcare practices.
“Biotricity believes that the rise of telemedicine at the federal and state levels points to a healthcare shift that promotes remote care delivery,” an emailed statement to MHW reads.

This direction, we’re told, could create opportunities for remote patient monitoring solutions that can be integrated within telemedicine.

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Healthcare Facilities Expected to Benefit from New Partnership

Stratus Video — a leading language access and telehealth company — and One Call Care Management (One Call), a leader within the workers’ compensation industry, have partnered to launch the first end-to-end language and transportation solution designed for healthcare facilities.

“While transportation and interpretation are not necessarily medical services, they are critical components of the treatment plan,” said Joseph McCullough, senior vice president of product at One Call. “Missed medical appointments due to a lack of transportation, or the inability to clearly and accurately communicate with a patient, can dramatically impact the road to recovery. The goal of this partnership is to eliminate these barriers so the patient may receive effective and timely care.”

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swyMed Steps Up to Deliver Hands-Free Telemedicine for Patients and Providers

It’s another pioneering effort from swyMed.

The company announced today that as a Glass Partner, it is deploying its telemedicine solution on Glass Enterprise Edition to deliver hands-free, remote evaluations of patients from anywhere in real time.

The healthcare industry recognizes the enhanced value that can be gained from remote patient evaluations including improved patient outcomes, efficient use of the increasingly limited number of physicians, reduced readmissions and time saved by reducing in-person follow-ups. Collectively these benefits translate into reduced medical costs, improved patient convenience and improved outcomes.
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GE Healthcare, Jefferson Health Launch Multi-Year Risk-Sharing Relationship

On Monday, MHW learned that GE Healthcare and Jefferson Health have announced an eight-year, shared-risk relationship that will help Jefferson strategically transform healthcare delivery in the Philadelphia region for the benefit of patients and their families.

A provided statement explains that the objective of this collaboration is to create a “forward-looking, robust health system” by removing redundancies and maximizing sourcing efficiencies.

We’re told that only one of only five such long-term relationships in the U.S. and its largest, GE Healthcare and Jefferson have the potential to generate $500 million to $1 billion in efficiencies with Jefferson that can be directed toward services that best meet patient needs over the term of this relationship.
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Bright.md Adds Major Healthcare System to Roster of Virtual Care Customers

Bright.md, developer of a virtual care solution to improve healthcare efficiencies and outcomes, has just implemented its SmartExam software tool at Adventist Health.

If you’re not familiar, Adventist Health, based in Roseville, Calif., is a major West Coast healthcare delivery system, with hospitals, clinics and ancillary services in four states.

We’re told that it has initially implemented the software for use with patients in Oregon.

SmartExam acts as a virtual physician’s assistant, enabling primary care providers to deliver efficient remote care, cut costs and improve patient outcomes. Using SmartExam, patients get care from providers at their own trusted health system using a mobile phone or computer. The intelligent software dynamically interviews patients, using answers to gather more information and support providers in the care delivery process.

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