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This week’s report has only a few bits of information, but they’re too good not to share!
Your mother has had a stroke and arrives at a hospital, but the neurologist is on PTO. The website HealthDay reports Virtual Care may just save her life. Especially during the COVID-19 crisis, “telestroke” services — where health workers use virtual care to connect with a neurologist who could be miles away — is helping to lead to better patient outcomes, new research shows. With a stroke, time is everything and seconds count -- they call it “Door-to Needle Time.” It refers to the time from presentation of the patient with symptoms to the start of IV administration of tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), a protein involved in the breakdown of blood clots. The earlier the administration, the better the survival rate and shorter recovery times. Telemedicine has proven that it can significantly shorten this time.
mHealth Intelligence reported that a new coalition is being created to advance telehealth and remote patient monitoring as a pillar in home care. The organization, Moving Health Home, aims to change the way policymakers think about “the home as a site of clinical service.” The formation of a coalition with other healthcare leaders such as Intermountain Healthcare, Ascension, Landmark Health, Amazon Care, Signify Health, Dispatch Health and Elara Caring, will take aim at one of the largest trends to emerge during the COVID-19 pandemic. A trend we believe is here to stay!
Big-name payers have tried to create health plans that are based in virtual care -- known as “virtual-first” health plans. HealthPayer Intelligence has found that virtual-first health plans have started to develop a few consistencies. As an increasing number of payers adopt the virtual-first approach, these consistencies are beginning to emerge including constant access to care, a focus on primary care, and the decision to supplement virtual-first health plan member engagement with concierge-style support.
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