Once the COVID-19 pandemic struck, the health system needed to be able to treat the surge of patients with urgent care needs virtually so they could keep them safely at home and away from the overwhelmed emergency care system. To ensure all New Yorkers could access this new service, NYC H+H also needed a telehealth vendor that enabled it to offer virtual urgent care to all patients in their patients’ preferred language and without a clear need for the Internet or a smartphone.
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Now that we’re in the swing of the summer movie season, I thought it would be fun to revisit a bit of Jaws nostalgia. Like Jaws, COVID-19 came out of the blue and caught the healthcare industry unaware. Vacations were ruined, knee replacements were postponed, and healthcare delivery was interrupted
The future of healthcare now belongs to Amazon, AmWell, and those health systems that understand that winners and losers will be decided by “touch-the-glass” devices – cellphones and tablets.
Are we all Zoomed out? Do doctors miss patients’ wit and wisdom? Is a trip to the hospital the new fun field trip? Absolutely not! It was simply inevitable that after the incredible rise of virtual visits in 2020, that some virtual visits would revert back to in-person visits once a large percentage of the population got vaccinated.
MedStar Health, which operates more than 300 healthcare entities, including 10 hospitals in the Baltimore–Washington metropolitan area, had been using telehealth services vendor Bluestream Health to perform its virtual visits
On September 27, 2018, the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Readiness (ASPR) awarded two $3 million grants to investigate and develop regional disaster health response systems (RDHRS).
There’s no question that the demand for telehealth and virtual care has grown exponentially over the last twelve months.
Telehealth provider Bluestream Health has added Leon Medical Centers, a seven-location Miami-Dade FL provider. Bluestream Health provides whitelabeled secure telehealth services that combine with medical workflows to approximately 50,000 providers in 500 facilities.
Telehealth, telemedicine, and virtual care are often used interchangeably to describe remote healthcare visits. But virtual care means something much more than just telehealth or telemedicine. In fact, virtual care is in a category all its own. It is the logical, necessary next step in providing access to healthcare for all.
Given what we have all just gone through, (and are continuing to go through) with the global pandemic, does the question about whether we should be using or supporting telehealth services really need answering? To think in terms of having in-person only or office visits right now is so “last year” (or the year before).