HACKENSACK, NJ – Nominations are being accepted for Vidyo’s Leaders Innovating Telehealth Awards for organizations whose innovative use of the Vidyo video platform has brought meaningful change to the lives of others. “This award recognizes health care delivery organizations that are reimagining health care and leveraging virtual care in ways that positively impact the lives of others,” said Elana Anderson, chief marketing officer at Vidyo, in a statement. Nominations will be accepted through Sept. 30 and finalists will be notified in October. Award finalists will present their stories during the Vidyo Healthcare Summit in December.
BALTIMORE – Video directly observed therapy can be an effective way to help people with tuberculosis adhere to their treatment and lower costs, according to a study published recently in Oxford Academic. A team of researchers from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine studied 28 patients to determine whether the video platform emocha could be an alternative to increase treatment flexibility and better meet patient-specific needs. “Video DOT is an acceptable and important option for measurement of TB treatment adherence and may allow a higher proportion of prescribed treatment doses to be observed, compared with in- person DOT,” wrote Samuel Holzman, one of the researchers, in the study. Medication adherence with vDOT was comparable to that of in-person DOT, but the researchers found an estimated cost savings with vDOT of $1,391 per patient for a standard six-month treatment course. “Video DOT may be cost-saving and should be considered as a component of individualized, patient-centered case management plans,” Holzman wrote.
SAN FRANCISCO – InTouch Health has integrated TokBox’s live video application programming interface to enhance the scalability of its telehealth platform for its health care system customers to deliver high-quality remote clinical care to patients. “With the number of hospitals and clinical environments in which our network is used, it was important to find a WebRTC platform that is reliable, easy to implement and highly secure,” said Yulun Wang, InTouch Health founder, chairman and chief innovation officer, in a statement. “TokBox provides the security capabilities, including HIPAA compliance, and features we’re looking for to enable our health system customers to virtualize care across their enterprises through a single platform.” The TokBox API serves a wide range of health care applications, from remote doctor consultations to medical imaging collaboration and on-demand wellness and fitness. “TokBox helps providers leverage live video to deliver significant benefits, from higher revenue, better clinical outcomes, lower risks and lower costs for patients and their providers,” said Scott Lomond, CEO of TokBox, in a statement.
‘There simply won’t be any distinction between telehealth and health care’
HACKENSACK, N.J. – 2018 is the year that telehealth becomes accepted as a standard in health care, Vidyo predicts in a recent survey.
“One of the surprises of this survey was seeing the potential to apply telehealth across all stages of the health care continuum,” said Elana Anderson, chief marketing officer at Vidyo, a provider of telehealth video conferencing solutions. “There is significant opportunity for telehealth.”
Vidyo surveyed more than 300 clinical and IT professionals with decision-making authority over telehealth investments and practices. Questions focused on the use, and planned use, of telehealth technologies by health care delivery organizations (HDOs).
The survey found that telehealth has hit the mainstream, Anderson said.
“Most HDOs have made it a top investment priority and they are allocating significant budget resources to telehealth,” she said.
More than three-quarters of respondents said they are using telehealth solutions or plan to use them in the near future, and it is one of their top four investment priorities. Two-thirds of respondents are spending 20% or more of their total technology budget on telehealth solutions.
Anderson said that for a health care delivery organization to invest in a telehealth solution, it has to have a strong return on investment.
“This will convince health care chief financial officers that telehealth is good for both patients and the organization’s bottom line,” she said.
The survey showed that 58% of respondents reported increased provider satisfaction from telehealth. More than half said telehealth improved their organization’s efficiency or timeliness of care delivery and 47% reported an increased cost savings.
Respondents reported that their patients find telehealth easy to use and like the flexibility and availability.
“In 2018 there simply won’t be any distinction between telehealth and health care in the minds of health care delivery organizations or their patients,” Anderson said. “Ten years ago this wouldn’t have been possible, but today’s technology can help deliver a quality interaction for the provider and the patient.”
HACKENSACK, N.J. – Remote and video-enabled health care is becoming a critical cornerstone of health care delivery, according to a study released recently by Vidyo, Inc., a provider of embedded video technology.
The study showed that 75% percent of respondents currently operate or plan to launch telehealth services in the year to come.
“Telehealth has officially gone mainstream,” said Elana Anderson, chief marketing officer of Vidyo, in a statement. “Our research shows that the rates at which providers are adding video services to their medical bags will make 2018 the year that ‘telemedicine’ becomes standard medicine and mobile or remote access becomes the new normal.”
According to the study, telehealth ranks as one of the top four IT investment priorities for health systems and two-thirds of respondents plan to spend 20% or more of their technology budget on telemedicine solutions. Respondents cited improved patient outcomes and cost prevention as key drivers of telehealth adoption and more than 60% of those surveyed reported better-than-expected results from current telehealth solutions, noting improvements in efficiency, timeliness of care and patient health.
Regarding video-enabled telehealth solutions, satisfaction scores were 83% for virtual visits, 84% for acute care management and 90% for chronic health support.
HOUSTON – Technology from emocha was successful in helping Harris County patients with tuberculosis manage their medications in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey last September, according to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Of the 61 patients enrolled in the state’s video directly observed therapy program for TB, 59 did not miss a single dose, the CDC found.
Directly observed therapy of patients, where a patient takes each dose of their TB medication in front of a health care provider either in person or virtually, is a cornerstone of TB control activity, said Sandra Morris, TB controller for the Texas Department of State Health Services.
“Video-enabled DOT using electronic devices, such as smartphones, has become a useful tool for patients who cannot visit, or be visited by, a health care provider,” she said.
The Texas Department of State Health Services uses federal and state funding for TB surveillance, prevention and control activities in eight health service regions and 31 local health departments, Morris said. In advance of major storms, protocols for providing patients with medications to take on their own are activated.
Harris County has been using emocha’s VDOT technology for three years following a successful pilot, said Sebastian Seiguer, CEO of emocha. The technology has a high rate of success because, when patients know someone will be watching them take their medications, they are more apt to do it, he said.
“The fact that a provider cares enough to make an appointment with you to watch you take your medications strengthens the patient-provider relationship,” he said.
During the hurricane, patients recorded themselves taking their medications on a smartphone. The video was saved until services were restored, then automatically uploaded to their provider through a mobile app.
“During Hurricane Harvey, the high proportion of patients successfully managed through video-enabled DOT demonstrates that it can help ensure TB treatment completion when regular treatment options have been disrupted by a major storm or other disaster,” said Morris.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Reliq Health Technologies, a technology company focused on developing innovative mHealth and telemedicine solutions for community-based health care, has produced an animated video demonstrating the use of its iUGO Care platform in the home. “The demo video clearly illustrates the value of having a ‘virtual assistant’ at home to remind patients to take their medications, collect their vitals, use prescribed mobility aids and more,” said Dr. Lisa Crossley, CEO of Reliq Health, in a statement. Using interactive voice technology that is available in more than 100 languages right out of the box, iUGO Home not only coaches and educates patients but also acts as a resource, allowing them to send dictated messages to their clinical care team or family members and ask questions about their upcoming medical appointments, current prescriptions and health conditions. Crossley said the home health solution provides high quality virtual care in the community by creating a “virtual hospital ward” within the patient’s home, automatically collecting vital signs and tracking medication adherence.
FREMONT, Calif. – MivaTek, a video protection platform provider, is establishing a foothold in the home health care space with new products and a contract at a senior living community in Japan.
“The nature of our platform is collaborative,” said Joe Liu, CEO of MivaTek. “It takes advantage of technology to bring in health care teams, caregivers and family members.”
MivaTek is working on developing new sensor devices for seniors aging in the home that will integrate with the system’s fall detection, activity tracking and medication reminder features. The new devices will enable connected vital sign tracking and predictive analytics for health care.
Liu said market forces are pushing providers to adapt newer technology for value-based remote and point-of-care service, and that the company’s comprehensive video-verified assurance platform is a good fit for the connected health and telemedicine industry.
“Mivatek’s comprehensive assurance platform is a game changer because our patented architecture offers integrated video collaboration and IoT for mobile interactive monitoring, controls, unified communications, alarm, alerts and more,” he said. “Our platform allows patients, hospitals and providers a secure communication ecosystem with real-time video recording, tracking of patients’ well-being and archiving via a user-friendly smartphone app.”
The company’s recent contract with the Sha Maison senior living development calls for Wi-Fi connected video, security, safety and independent living devices for 700 units and common areas. When completed, it will be the first all-Wi-Fi device protection system in Japan, Liu said.
Moving forward, MivaTek is exploring using narrow band cellular capability and making the platform more user-friendly as the company expands.
“Based on the success of the Sha Maison project, we believe our turnkey ‘Protection as a Service’ platform partnership/OEM business is well poised to grow globally,” he said.
DUBLIN and BOSTON – Medtronic Care Management Services and American Well are partnering to provide a comprehensive telehealth solution to patients with complex, chronic and co-morbid conditions.
The companies are collaborating to enable patient access to American Well’s telemedicine services on MCMS’ video-enabled platforms and to allow bi-directional data flow between the two.
“Providing care to complex, chronic, co-morbid populations requires access to, and coordination between, multiple clinical specialties,” said Sheri Dodd, vice president and general manager of Medtronic Care Management Services, in a statement. “Our work together will help clinicians gain a more complete view of a patient’s health status when making care decisions and will help ensure access to information from telemedicine interactions is available to the broader care team while the patient remains in their own home.”
The telehealth solution will provide information from MCMS’ remote patient monitoring to clinicians performing consultations using American Well’s telemedicine capabilities and enable information from these telemedicine visits to be included in MCMS’ clinical management software. The partnership is designed to provide greater patient access to their care team, while improving clinician access to the critical information needed when making care decisions – especially as they evaluate opportunities for early intervention.
MCMS and American Well’s strategic partnership brings key components of telehealth services together, with the goal of reducing the cost of care and improving patient outcomes for this unique population, Dodd said.
“This will help clinicians more effectively manage patients while providing patients with flexible access to expert care when they most need it,” said Ido Schoenberg, CEO of American Well, in a statement. “These new capabilities will serve clients of both Medtronic Care Management Services and American Well, enhancing the capabilities available to health plans, major health systems and other customers pursuing more efficient care of complex patients.”
CHICAGO – Electronic medical records technology provider Allscripts will integrate Vidyo’s video collaboration technology to power virtual consulations into its FollowMyHealth patient portal. “Vidyo’s integrated video collaboration platform embedded into the Allscripts FollowMyHealth workflow is the ideal solution for patients and physicians to conveniently connect face-to-face over the web or our mobile app,” said Kim South, general manager at Allscripts, in a statement. The on demand video visits can be launched directly from the patient portal workflow.