The 10 most common telemedicine program objectives

The 10 most common telemedicine program objectives

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A new survey from Reach Health unearthed the pros and cons of making use of a telehealth program.  Approximately 436 healthcare professionals, executives, nurses and physicians took part in the survey, which was conducted in December 2016 and January 2017. Four percent of total participants were customers of Reach Health, a telemedicine software company based in Atlanta, Georgia.  Nearly one-quarter of respondents (21 percent) indicated telemedicine is one of their organization’s top priorities. Thirty percent said it’s a high priority, and 36 percent said it’s a medium priority. Only 13 percent consider telehealth a low priority at their organization.

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Vidyo delivers telehealth by integrating with Allscripts’ patient engagement portal

Vidyo delivers telehealth by integrating with Allscripts’ patient engagement portal

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Patient engagement is an undeniably significant part of the healthcare equation. And as individuals seek additional ways to connect with providers via technology, telehealth becomes increasingly important.  To that end, Allscripts has selected the Vidyo.io platform to be embedded into the FollowMyHealth patient portal. Vidyo‘s technology will enable patients to have remote virtual consultations with physicians. Individuals can launch the video visit directly from the FollowMyHealth portal.

The Vidyo.io platform is now available to all FollowMyHealth clients, Allscripts General Manager Kim South said in a phone interview.

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As telehealth increases in prevalence, BCBS Federal Employee Program picks Teladoc to deliver services

As telehealth increases in prevalence, BCBS Federal Employee Program picks Teladoc to deliver services

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The Blue Cross Blue Shield Service Benefit Plan, otherwise known as the Federal Employee Program, has chosen Purchase, New York-based Teladoc to provide services for the 2018 benefit year.  Through this selection, the approximately 5.3 million federal employees, retirees and family members that FEP covers will have access to medical and mental health services provided via Teladoc.  “FEP members and their families can count on Teladoc to bring better convenience, quality and healthcare access, when and where they need it,” Teladoc Chief Revenue Officer Pete Nieves said in a news release. “The Teladoc organization is committed to a successful, long-term partnership and to bringing a new level of healthcare service that FEP members expect.”

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More and more businesses are offering telehealth services as an employee benefit

More and more businesses are offering telehealth services as an employee benefit

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Telehealth is no longer an anomaly — it’s becoming ubiquitous, even among large companies.A new study from the National Business Group on Health took a closer look at the healthcare benefits big businesses are offering their employees. Called the “Large Employers’ 2018 Health Care Strategy and Plan Design Survey,” it was conducted among 148 employers across various industries in May and June 2017. Combined, the employers provide coverage to over 15 million employees and their dependents.  Nearly all — 96 percent — of the respondents said they plan to make telehealth services available as an employee benefit. Fifty-six percent will offer telebehavioral health services in 2018.

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