Telehealth News Recap - January 2022

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 learn why the healthcare industry should think differently about the Great Resignation, insights from Rock Health’s 2021 Digital Health Consumer Adoption Survey, why California is pushing at-home STI testing kits, and more.

Wheel in the News

It’s a Clinician’s Market: Why the Healthcare Industry Should Embrace the Great Resignation

Wheel CEO and cofounder Michelle Davey shared her thoughts with MedCityNews about the Great Resignation and what the healthcare industry can do to keep clinicians from walking away in droves.

Read the full article from MedCity News >

Wheel Teams up With GoodRx to Integrate Medication Pricing Information Into Its Virtual Care Platform

Patients are driving a shift in healthcare, with expectations for greater access to personalized, convenient services and pricing information. In our newly formed partnership, Wheel will be working with GoodRx to integrate real-time drug pricing and discounts on medication at the point of care.

Read the full article from Fierce Healthcare >

Meet the Texas Startup Powering Telehealth

Following our inclusion on the Forbes Next Billion Dollar Startup list, Wheel CEO and cofounder Michelle Davey got the chance to share Wheel’s story, vision, and how we’re working to expand patient access to care.

Watch the Forbes Feature >

34 Healthcare and Biotech Startups That Are Set to Take Off in 2022, According to Top Investors

Wheel is proud to be featured alongside other incredible companies on Insider’s list of the 34 health tech startups expected to take off this year.

Read the full article from Insider >

Trends & Insights

The Telehealth Bubble Has Burst. Time to Figure Out What’s Next

Telehealth has been in the spotlight since 2020, but industry leaders and investors still aren’t clear about what role it will play in healthcare long-term. According to Fast Company, “next year—and possibly the next decade—will be all about defining how telehealth is best deployed, integrated, and used.”

Read the full article from Fast Company >

Consumer Adoption of Telemedicine in 2021

Rock Health released findings from it’s 2021 Digital Health Consumer Adoption Survey, a survey that’s been conducted every year since 2015 to help answer lingering questions about consumers and their relationship to digital health. The company shared three key insights from the data that offer clues as to where virtual care may be heading in the near future.

Read the full article from Rock Health >

With Sexually Transmitted Infections Off the Charts, California Pushes At-Home Tests

As public health departments focused their efforts on COVID-19, a nation-wide STI epidemic managed to spiral out of control. California is the first state to take action by making at-home testing kits more accessible and affordable, a change desperately needed for people in rural and underserved communities.

Read the full article from KHN >

Kaufman Hall: Consumers May Again Be Avoiding Getting Care as Hospital Margins Remain Depressed

On top of labor shortages and rising costs, the omicron variant is putting added financial strain on hospitals and deterring people from seeking non-COVID related care. Kaufman Hall, the consulting firm that reported on the issue, says “the potential impact of the omicron variant in future months may influence this trend further.”

Read the full article from Fierce Healthcare >

The No Surprises Act: Beyond the Emergency Department, a Silver Lining of Patient Engagement

The No Surprise Bill, which took effect on January 1st, allows patients to have greater transparency about what out-of-pocket expenses they can expect before receiving care from out-of-network providers. The bill will lead patients to be treated more like consumers, giving them the power to make more informed decisions about what they can afford and avoid unexpected costs.

Read the full article from Stat News >