Telehealth News Recap - September 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 discuss the recent merger between Ginger and Headspace to provide comprehensive and affordable mental health care to millions, how the Biden Administration plans to jumpstart access to virtual care, and why there’s a hiring surge of nurse practitioners across the country.

Wheel News

30 Under 40 Leaders Changing Healthcare list

Our CEO and co-founder, Michelle Davey, was included on Insider’s 30 Under 40 Leaders Changing Healthcare list. We’re thrilled to have Michelle recognized as an innovative leader moving healthcare forward!

See the full list at Insider >

Trends & Insights

Nurse practitioners top list of most recruited providers

Nurse practitioners are the most sought-after healthcare providers right now. The growth of NP roles is mainly due to market change and the flexibility of NPs to perform many of the duties of primary care physicians.

Read the full article from Health Leaders Media >

5 key lessons learned during COVID — Northwell Health CEO

Northwell Health's CEO, Michael Dowling, explains how the pandemic forced healthcare providers to pivot quickly, the benefits of an integrated health system, and the importance of taking care of yourself and your people.

Read the full article from MedCity News >

First Opinions & Engaging Conversations

Look to nurses to help accelerate the transformation of health care

An argument for why “return to normal” would be a misstep for nurses and U.S. healthcare. And a breakdown of how nurses can be empowered and transform healthcare for the better moving forward.

Read the full article from STAT News >

Zoom's head of healthcare talks the future of telemedicine

Zoom research discovered 72% of survey respondents want to attend healthcare appointments virtually and in-person post-pandemic. Zoom’s Head of Healthcare, Heidi West, discusses the future of telemedicine and the challenges ahead.

Read the full article from Healthcare IT News >

Policy & Regulatory Updates

Biden administration invests $19M to bolster rural telehealth

The investment will fund training for primary care providers, pilot new telehealth services, and strengthen groups that provide virtual care. Funding will also include research around how to best deliver virtual care to rural communities.

Read the full article from Healthcare Dive >

3 key health policies in the Senate's $1T infrastructure package

The infrastructure package includes healthcare-related provisions, such as addressing the personal protective equipment shortage at the beginning of the pandemic.

Read the full article from Fierce Healthcare >

Growth & Innovation

Ginger and Headspace Will Merge to Meet Escalating Global Demand for Mental Health Support

Ginger, an on-demand mental healthcare platform, and Headspace, a platform and leader in mindfulness and meditation, are merging to create Headspace Health. The new entity will provide affordable and comprehensive support for nearly 100 million consumers.

Read the full article from Business Wire >

WebMD launches appointment booking, challenging competitors like Zocdoc

WebMD is partnering with healthcare operations company, Symplr, to provide WebMD website visitors with immediate access to primary care appointments.

Read the full article from eMarketer >

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