The Rise of Telehealth
Telehealth has become a necessity during the pandemic. But its promises to increase access will fall apart if becomes yet another profit center in a consolidated healthcare system.
As healthcare technology evolves, nurses serve on the front lines of applying the latest advancements to serve their patients with increasing efficiency and effectiveness. In fact, by 2017, more than 95% of all hospitals in the U.S. had adopted certified electronic medical record (EMR) systems.
Technology continues to shift the nursing field in many ways, with the pace of change expected to increase with time. Read on to find information on how this will take shape, whether nurses can expect to be replaced by technology, and recent trends and advancements in healthcare.
On Monday, August 3rd, eHI, along with more than 200 stakeholder organizations, sent a letter of endorsement for the Protecting Access to Post-COVID-19 Telehealth Act of 2020 (HR 7663).
The legislation, sponsored by Representative Mike Thompson (D-CA) and co-sponsored by David Schweikert (R-AZ), Peter Welch (D-VT), Bill Johnson (R-OH), and Doris Matsui (D-CA) takes critical steps toward ensuring all Medicare beneficiaries have continued access to telehealth services after the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) period.
You can read the letter supporting HR 7663 below.
Smartphone apps, contact tracing, data analytics and artificial intelligence make finding and treating people with an infectious disease, like COVID-19, far more efficient than ever before. The connectivity we have today gives us ammunition to fight this pandemic in ways we never previously thought possible. The increased use of telehealth has shown itself to be a true lifesaving tool during this pandemic. Even EHR's provide valuable clues about how COVID-19 is moving through a population. Building on all these tech innovations will be critical for combating a second wave and future pandemics.
Please join eHI’s CEO, Jennifer Covich Bordenick, for an informative discussion with leading healthcare subject experts about using innovative technologies to combat COVID-19.
CEO, Conversa Health
Murray Brozinsky is the Chief Executive Officer at Conversa Health, a leading Conversational AI platform designed to improve the patient experience. Previously, Murray founded AVIH, an AI solution for primary care; co-founded and served as Chief Strategy Officer of Talix Inc. a risk adjustment SaaS company; and was Chief Strategy Officer of Healthline. Prior to healthcare, Murray co-founded Loyalty Matrix (sold to Responsys/Oracle); Lypro Biosciences (sold to Cerenis Therapeutics); and Cambrian Technologies. He started his career with stints at Boston Consulting Group and Morgan Stanley. Murray sits on the boards of First Call Ambulance Service and Adacado and is an advisor to Zignifica, Catelas, Aetho, UCSF Health Hub, and DeAnza High School Tech Academy.
Howard is the strategic and visionary leader for LifeWIRE; first developing the LifeWIRE communication platform in 2005, which holds 3 patents. He is widely recognized as a healthcare IT entrepreneur, named as one of the top 100 Innovators of the Next Century (Rockefeller Foundation) and one of the Top 30 mHealth Innovators by the mHealth Alliance (UN Foundation). He has been appointed to the North America Public Policy Committee of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, a global non-profit organization focused on better health through information and technology. Prior to LifeWIRE, Howard spent two decades as a film and television producer where he mastered the skill of client /audience engagement that drives LifeWIRE platform.
Mitchell Clark is the SVP at CommunityWorks Organization, currently leading Cerner's expanding presence in the Critical Access and Community Hospital marketplace. CommunityWorks is a cloud-based deployment of Cerner’s traditional IT platform, providing an integrated digital record of a patient’s health history that includes clinical and financial data across the continuum of care. He has been with Cerner for 23 years, also serving as the Vice President and General Manager of Revenue Cycle Organization and the VP and GM for U.S. client development.
Dr. Jonathan Moore, MD
Medical Director, Fitbit
John Moore is a physician, engineer and the Medical Director at Fitbit. He is the former CEO of Twine Health, a Cambridge based company recently acquired by Fitbit. John studied biomedical engineering and then medicine at Boston University. He left the clinical career path, determined to develop solutions to improve healthcare delivery, and earned a PhD from MIT. His research included the intersection of health psychology, learning science, and human-computer interaction, which formed the health behavior change foundation of Twine Health that is now being leveraged at Fitbit. John was recently recognized by Employee Benefits News, as one of the 2019 Digital Innovators: Transforming HR. John finds his fit with various ocean-related activities, including surfing.
Smartphone apps, contact tracing, data analytics and artificial intelligence make finding and treating people with an infectious disease, like COVID-19, far more efficient than ever before. The connectivity we have today gives us ammunition to fight this pandemic in ways we never previously thought possible.
On Thursday, July 23rd, eHI and several leading health care organizations held a virtual rally on the Protecting Access to Post-COVID-19 Telehealth Act of 2020 (HR 7663). While Congress and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services acted quickly to implement waivers to allow for the reimbursement of telehealth services during the COVID-19 public health emergency, seniors will lose access to this important care unless Congress again takes decisive action.
The House Telehealth Caucus leaders - Representative Mike Thompson (D-CA), David Schweikert (R-AZ), Peter Welch (D-VT), Bill Johnson (R-OH), and Doris Matsui (D-CA) joined eHI CEO Jennifer Covich Bordenick and CEOs from four leading digital health associations to discuss the legislation. eHI, along with more than 300 other organizations, signed a stakeholder letter to Congress supporting continued access to telehealth.
The legislation addresses most of the priorities included in the letter and would ensure all Medicare beneficiaries have continued access to telehealth services. Organizations can sign a letter of endorsement for HR 7663 by clicking here.
"Telehealth has proven vital to supporting the continuity of care."
- Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Calif.
By Seema Verma, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
During the Coronavirus pandemic, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has taken unprecedented action to expand telehealth for Medicare beneficiaries. Since people were advised to stay at home to reduce risk of exposure of COVID-19, there was an urgency to increase access to telehealth services to help people who need routine care and allow beneficiaries to remain in their homes. Early CMS data have shown telehealth to be an effective way for people to access health care safely during the COVID-19 pandemic, whether it’s getting a prescription refilled, managing chronic conditions, or obtaining mental health counseling.
With these transformative changes unleashed over the last several months, it’s hard to imagine merely reverting to the way things were before. As the country re-opens, CMS is reviewing the flexibilities the administration has introduced and their early impact on Medicare beneficiaries to inform whether these changes should be made a permanent part of the Medicare program.
Healthcare practices face significant challenges when it comes to keeping their brick and mortar businesses alive in the face of evolving safety requirements and consumer expectations. NextGen Healthcare examines why telehealth is so vital to a practice's survival and future growth, how providers & patients can embrace virtual visits and why a virtual visit solution that's integrated with your EHR and PM is critical to maintain workflow continuity.
Americans are increasingly apprehensive about the privacy of their personal information. A recent Pew Research Center survey found that approximately four out of five Americans are concerned about how their data is used, think the risks of companies collecting their data outweigh the benefits and believe they have little control of their data. The concerns are particularly heightened when it comes to health data.
WASHINGTON, DC, JUNE 29, 2020 - Today, 340 organizations signed a letter urging Congressional leaders to make telehealth flexibilities created during the COVID-19 pandemic permanent. Those signing this multi-stakeholder letter include national and regional organizations representing a full range of health care stakeholders and all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.