MedRisk Issues New White Paper on Telerehabilitation in Workers’ Compensation

MHW learned ahead of the weekend that MedRisk has published “Telerehabilitation & the Injured Worker: A Practical Guide,” a white paper that explores physical therapy in the age of telemedicine and its practical application for the workers’ compensation industry.

The white paper examines the use of telerehabilitation for musculoskeletal injuries. Video conferencing, virtual home-exercise supervision and remote patient monitoring can be used to supplement traditional in-clinic care.

Telerehabilitation is especially helpful for injured employees who live in rural areas, those who need a specialist or bilingual physical therapist, and for those who travel frequently for work.

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PrestoDoctor Co-Founder Named To Forbes 30 Under 30 List

Congratulations are in order for PrestoDoctor co-founder Kyle Powers.

Kyle Powers, Cofounder of PrestoDoctor, has made the Class of 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 List of Young Stars, Visionaries and Creative Disruptors.

Forbes described the group as “game changers in 20 industries all under 30 years old — the most definitive gathering of today’s leading young change-makers and innovators in the U.S.”

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Humana Launches ‘Innovation Challenge’ to Make Digital Health Records More Useful

MHW learned today that Humana Inc. is sponsoring an Innovation Challenge in California to make digital health records – specifically in the Medicare space – more useful to patients, physicians, caregivers and others who need to see complex data in a more human-centered way.

“Traditionally, the health care industry has stored digital health records – medical claims, pharmacy claims, calls, letters, hospital stays, and health program participation – in disparate places across different systems,” a provided statement notes. “But with advanced data processing and analytics, it is now possible to assemble these data sources into a chronological “story,” with all the different elements stitched together into a logical time order. Now that the data is organized, the opportunity is to present the data through a tool simple enough to allow users to make sense of even the most complex chronic history.”

In short, that’s the challenge for participants, who are encouraged to use visual and/or voice interaction modes to help users – including doctors, care managers, customer-service associates, and certainly the patient and her family – make best use of the data.

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engagedIN Planning Neuroscience-Based Innovation Retreat

engagedIN – a design firm focused on behavior change through the combination of neuroscience, design and technology – announced today that the company will host CONNECT, a private, day-long “work spa” to enable Executives from the Health and Wellness industry to focus and innovate on their most mission-critical project or 2018 intention through expert facilitation, peer-sharing, mindfulness and neuroscience-based design exercises.

MHW can confirm that registration is now open for the event, which will be held on Saturday, January 6, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. PT at the CHANGE Neuroscience Training Center in Santa Cruz, with an optional kick-off event on Friday, January 5 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. PT.

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First Look: Digital Group Insurance Platform Touts One Billion in Premium Billed

This week, MHW confirmed that RATECentric — a digital software platform for the small group insurance industry — recently hit milestone of one billion in premium billed.

The Premium Billing & Collections platform was developed for exclusive use by nationally recognized carriers and independent producers across all 50 states selling and administering benefits programs for employer groups with 100 employees or less.

So how does it work?

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FIRST LOOK: Foley Survey Shows ‘Surging Telemedicine Services’ Across the Health Care Spectrum

According to the findings of a new report shared today with MHW, health care executives and providers have shed fears – and have even become enthusiastic – about the deployment of telemedicine services compared to three years ago.

That’s the key takeaway from a new survey conducted by law firm Foley & Lardner LLP.

More than 100 respondents from hospitals, specialty clinics, ancillary services and related organizations completed the survey, and nearly half of respondents hold C-suite or senior-level titles.

Foley’s 2017 Telemedicine and Digital Health Survey reflects a surging demand for telemedicine-based offerings among providers and patients, and a broader acceptance of the technology by other major players in the health care industry.

In the 2014 inaugural survey three years ago, 87 percent of respondents did not expect their patients to be using telemedicine services by this time. However, according to this year’s survey, those expectations have been defied with approximately three-quarters of respondents currently offering, or planning to offer, such services, and also having strong intentions to grow those programs (53 percent).

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Advanced ICU Care Launches New Operations Center in Washington, D.C.

MHW learned today that Advanced ICU Care — a leading national provider of high acuity telemedicine services — is opening a ninth operations center.

Located in the Washington, D.C. area, the newest facility joins eight integrated hubs from which Advanced ICU Care uses cutting edge tele-technology to deliver clinical support and additional critical care expertise to ICUs nationwide.

We’re told that each of the company’s integrated hubs serves as a base for critical care teams led by U.S. board-certified intensivists and are comprised of critical care advanced practice providers, registered nurses, and respiratory therapists.

They are connected in real-time to Advanced ICU Care’s 65+ partner hospitals across 25 states via a secure data stream of patient information and two-way audio-video capabilities. This enables Advanced ICU Care’s critical care teams to actively engage in patient care, regardless of location.

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