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The latest on health care technology and digital-enabled strategy

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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Livongo + Teladoc: What the landmark, $18.5B merger means for virtual care

Andrew Rebhan August 7, 2020

Talk about striking while the iron is hot.

The news that Teladoc Health has reached an agreement to buy Livongo for $18.5 billion was big news for the digital health market, but—in a lot of ways—it shouldn't come as a huge surprise. 

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How UPMC is creating a 'touchless' patient experience

Mackenzie Rech July 28, 2020

As telehealth booms amid Covid-19, more and more visits are moving outside of the four walls of hospitals and clinics. But not all care can or should be conducted virtually, so health care organizations are rethinking physical spaces.

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Confused about the new ONC information blocking requirements? We've got answers.

Julia Connell , Ye Hoffman July 17, 2020

Interoperability is top of mind for providers this year, as they grapple with how to comply with new information blocking policies finalized in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's (ONC's) Cures Act rule.

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