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.
What can healthcare companies do to improve equity as they deliver virtual healthcare? Is the telehealth era just beginning, or will funding challenges slow down the industry? What are lobbyists doing to ensure telehealth regulations stay flexible post-pandemic? Learn more in this month’s newsletter.
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Trends & Insights
AMA Outlines Key Steps for Advancing Telehealth Equity
The American Medical Association released a report outlining 9 key steps organizations and policymakers must take to make telehealth more equitable. The AMA states, “those developing and implementing telehealth solutions must prioritize partnerships with historically marginalized and minoritized populations to ensure that solutions are designed to be accessible and work well for all.”
Majority of Physicians Say Telehealth Enables More Comprehensive Quality Care
In a survey of 2,232 physicians conducted at the end of 2021, the American Medical Association found the vast majority of physician respondents are still relying on telehealth despite the potential end of the public health emergency. More than half of the respondents reported feeling motivated to increase telehealth use in their practice.
First Opinions & Engaging Conversations
The Telehealth Era Is Just Beginning
In this in-depth article, authors Robert Pearl and Brian Wayling argue that we have only reached the tip of the telehealth iceberg during this Covid-era surge. Beyond this, the authors argue that virtual care companies and providers “should aggressively strive to tap its full potential even after the pandemic abates.”
If There Is a Digital Health Bubble, Does It Really Matter for Entrepreneurs?
After a monumental year of growth in 2021, followed by a notable $6.0 billion funding dip in Q1 of 2022, investors and healthcare industry leaders are asking, is digital health in a “bubble” that is about to burst?
Policy & Regulatory Updates
Telehealth Companies Want Congress To Make Pandemic Expansion of Their Services Permanent
Despite an extension to the COVID-19 public health emergency, lobbyists for telehealth want to eliminate the potential for a “telehealth cliff.” Meanwhile, policymakers are questioning telehealth’s quality of care, expansion costs, and potential for fraud.
Back to the Doctor’s Office? Here’s What’s Next for Telehealth After the Pandemic
Telehealth expansion during the pandemic unlocked possibilities for better access to care for millions of people. But preserving this flexible care modality post-pandemic will require lawmakers to expand emergency allowances permanently — through bills like the TREATS Act or the CONNECT for Health Act.
Growth & Innovation
Funding to the Telehealth Space Is at an All-Time High — Here’s What’s Driving the Boom
Equity funding for startups in the telehealth space is at an all-time high. In this brief, CB Insights looks at what caused this growth, what drove this boom in the market, and shares which telehealth sectors received the most attention during this funding influx.
American Telemedicine Association Touts the Next Phase of Virtual Care
What should the industry expect to come out of the conversations at ATA 2022 this year? Author Eric Wicklund talks with ATA Chief Executive Officer, Ann Mond Johnson, about her predictions for what’s next for the healthcare industry.
COVID Has Blown the Lid off the Possibilities of Virtual Care
In a conversation with Sam Toole at Primary Venture Partners, Wheel CEO and Co-founder, Michelle Davey, discusses her vision for scaling Wheel in Series C, how we move from episodic to longitudinal care solutions in the digital health industry, and the importance of keeping clinician satisfaction at the core as we build the future of healthcare.
Podcast: The Role of Virtual Providers in the Telehealth Ecosystem With Wheel CEO Michelle Davey
On this episode of Decoding Healthcare Innovation, Wheel CEO and Co-founder, Michelle Davey, talks about the role Wheel plays in addressing some of virtual care’s most persistent problems — including clinician staffing shortages, clinician burnout, and operational challenges stemming from regulatory red tape.