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