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The latest on health care technology and digital-enabled strategy

Talkspace's unusual pitch to therapists: We'll pay your legal fees if you get in trouble

Andrew Rebhan October 21, 2020

The ongoing effects of Covid-19, social unrest and protests around the country, and the upcoming presidential election have Americans feeling anxious, stressed, and depressed. It should come as no surprise then, that the use of virtual behavioral and mental health therapy has skyrocketed this year.

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It's time to comply with ONC's information blocking rule. Here's how to assemble your 'dream team.'

by Julia Connell and Joe Leonard October 13, 2020

The Office of the National Health IT Coordinator's (ONC) new policy prohibiting information blocking will go into effect on Nov. 2, 2020. As the compliance deadline approaches, health systems are figuring out how to effectively coordinate their efforts. Many health systems tap their IT or Health Information Management teams to lead compliance strategy, adding another "to-do" to a long list of CIO priorities for 2020.

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Was Haven just 'too big to succeed'?

Andrew Rebhan September 29, 2020

What happens when three CEO billionaires decide to revolutionize health care?

Over two and half years later, we're still searching for an answer.

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What should you expect from telehealth? Here are 4 perspectives from across the industry.

John League September 10, 2020

Telehealth's transformative potential has implications for the entire health care industry, but those implications mean different things for different stakeholders. 

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Covid-19 is pushing health care into the cloud. These 4 insights will help you make the leap.

by Mackenzie Rech and Mark Hetz September 8, 2020

"If you don't move to the cloud, you'll become a dinosaur."

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Our take: What Google's $100M investment in Amwell means for virtual care

Andrew Rebhan August 26, 2020

A few weeks ago, there was the big announcement that Teladoc Health would be purchasing Livongo for $18.5 billion, creating a digital health powerhouse. I wrote about that deal in a separate post, and I figured it was only a matter of time before we would see other competitive moves occur in the market.

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How United Health Services set up its telehealth program for success

by Jordan Angers and John League August 11, 2020

United Health Services (UHS), a nonprofit health system in upstate New York, became the first hospital-based provider to earn accreditation for its consumer-to-provider telehealth program in December 2019. The accreditation proved to be a solid foundation as UHS launched its telehealth platform and, only a few months later, rapidly scaled up telehealth offerings in response to Covid-19. Moving forward, UHS plans to build on its existing platform to expand its telehealth capacity as it adjusts to a "new normal."

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How service line leaders can prepare for telehealth's future, in 4 steps

by Mallory Kirby and Daniel Roza August 10, 2020

America's Covid-19 epidemic drove CMS and private payers to adopt policies to rapidly scale up telehealth, but these conditions won't last forever—and service line leaders need to prepare accordingly.

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