Telehealth News Recap - August 2021

It can be tough to catch up and keep up with the latest news, trends, interviews, and insights in the virtual care space. That’s why we’re here to do the work for you with our monthly telehealth news recap.

This month, we explore a new framework for measuring the success of virtual care programs, why high-profile organizations are asking for long-term telehealth policy, and how major deals in healthtech are shaping the industry. We also learn why virtual care will be an essential tool for health systems to improve load management, and why sign-on bonuses may be the key for attracting clinicians amidst nationwide shortages.

Wheel News

Our team surveyed 2,000 people about their healthcare experiences over the last year. We recently released a report examining how clinician burnout impacts patient care. Get our CEO Michelle Davey’s take on these findings and how we can help those who take care of us in her Medium article.

Trends & Insights

How to Measure the Value of Virtual Health Care

Policymakers and payers are still deciding how much to pay for virtual care services, leaving clinicians uncertain about what the future of telehealth holds for them. The American Medical Association and Manatt Health created a framework for assessing the value of digitally-enabled care.

Read the full article from Harvard Business Review >

Trends in Telehealth: Setting the Stage for Virtual Care Delivery

According to a new analysis, telehealth use grew 38X from pre-COVID-19 levels and virtual care models continue to evolve. This report covers consumer perception, investment trends, and other factors that will define the trajectory of virtual care.

Read the full article from Benefits Pro >

Job Board Searches for 'Hiring Bonus' Have Doubled: 6 Things to Know About This Early Incentive

More healthcare systems are offering signing bonuses and early incentives to stand out and attract critical medical talent, with job posts advertising some type of hiring incentive more than doubling since July.

Read the full article from Becker's Hospital Review >

First Opinions & Engaging Conversations

Physicians, Mental Illness, and The Problem With ‘Passing’

A psychiatrist shares their personal journey with depression and how clinicians can help their own patients by working to remove the stigma around mental health.

Read the full article from STAT News >

Policy & Regulatory Updates

New Letter Urges Congress to Establish a Post-Pandemic Telehealth Policy

Organizations are asking Congressional leadership to enact long-term telehealth policies that will preserve access and coverage rules established during the pandemic.

Read the full article from mHealth Intelligence >

Rep. Ami Bera Says Congress Needs to Address Broadband Access for Telehealth

Virtual doctors appointments and therapy sessions will continue to be the norm, even as some patients opt to go into the doctor’s office. Members of Congress are addressing the need for broadband internet access to make telehealth more accessible.

Read the full article from Axios >

Growth & Innovation

Why Virtual Care is Key to Health Systems Long-Term Business Strategy

People are expecting more out of their healthcare experiences. Here is a breakdown of patient care trends and considerations for creating a patient-centric virtual care strategy in a competitive market.

Read the full article from HIT Consultant >

Inside the ‘Land Grab’ for Virtual-First Care: How an Unprecedented Flurry of Deals Is Shaping the New Digital Health Landscape

A wave of mergers and acquisitions among digital health companies is creating a new era in virtual care. But as telehealth options continue to increase, both users and buyers of digital health tools are demanding unified platforms that serve people across all ages, ailments, and geographies.

Read the full article from STAT News >