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 cover digital health funding trends from 2021 and industry predictions for 2022, how ATA Action is working to protect patient access to virtual care, Wheel’s $150 million Series C funding, and more.
Trends & Insights
2022 Healthcare Predictions From Healthcare Investor, Bessemer Venture Partners
Opportunities are emerging for leaders to build the connective tissue between the physical and digital worlds in healthcare. Bessemer unpacks the seven key themes that will drive this year’s biggest healthcare innovations and investment dollars.
2021 Year-End Digital Health Funding: Seismic Shifts Beneath the Surface
Rock Health recaps a breakthrough year for digital health in this comprehensive overview of what happened in the industry last year. The piece also digs into three forces at work driving change in the industry: infrastructure buildouts, nimble business models, and talent wars.
New Telehealth Advocacy Group: ATA Action
A group of major retailers, telehealth companies, healthcare organizations, and clinician groups have collectively founded a new ATA policy group, ATA Action. The group is pushing for at least a year's extension of the temporary COVID-19 flexibilities, along with longer-term goals of making policies permanent.
Clinicians Have Spent Even More Time in the EHR During COVID-19 – Is Telehealth to Blame?
A recent study found clinicians are spending more time in electronic health record systems since the pandemic began. Researchers say clinical review and in-basket messages associated with telemedicine are to blame, and “policymakers and health system leaders should keep these new demands on clinician time in mind as they develop future reimbursement models and workflows, taking care not to exacerbate EHR-driven clinician burnout.”
Policy & Regulatory Updates
Nurse Practice Authority Gains to Benefit Patient Access to Care
In 2021, states passed full practice authority, joined APRN compacts, and expanded reimbursement for nurses in order to improve patient access to care. This article reviews notable state regulatory changes from the last year that support access to NP care via telehealth, home health, and traditional settings.
New Jersey Allows Asynchronous Telemedicine
New Jersey moved to allow for asynchronous virtual care in addition to synchronous, with the stipulation that patients must be informed of their right to request a telehealth visit with a physician rather than an NP, PA, or other clinician type.
Bullish on Growing Use of Telehealth, Wheel Banks $150m to Expand White-Labeled Virtual Care Services
Learn about Wheel’s $150 Series C funding round led by Lightspeed Venture Partners and Tiger Global, and the vision for the next stage of our company.
Amid Rampant Provider Burnout, Marketplace Platform Companies Focus On Clinician Experience
Platforms and virtual care solutions that invest in clinicians will contribute to patients and providers sticking with telehealth over the long term. “The bottom line is achieving good patient outcomes involves more than practicing great medicine; it also involves enabling clinicians — and the staff that support them — with smarter, more efficient and increasingly flexible ways to do their jobs.”
At Wheel, we believe healthcare will move forward when we amplify the impact of virtual care for more patients. Find out how Wheel can help launch, scale, and sustain your telehealth business.