Lower-cost alternative to face-to-face consultations
Anthem Blue Cross, Woodland Hills, Calif., plans to launch an integrated telehealth system early next year that will allow its members to use their personal computers to choose their doctor and address their non-emergency health needs via a live two-way video. The online care service, called LiveHealth Online (www.livehealthonline.com), will be launched in the first quarter of 2013, initially to small- and large-group fully insured customers and self-funded national employers. Doctors will offer members live consultations from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, including holidays.
The technology powering the service is provided by American Well, Boston.
Members can initiate online encounters via live audio-video and secure chat through a computer. A complete record of each encounter is created, and with the patient’s permission, can be forwarded to their primary care doctor, supporting continuity of care and collaboration among providers, according to Anthem Blue Cross.
At the HIMSS17 conference in Orlando, the nonprofit Regenstrief Institute announced a partnership with analytics vendor Health Catalyst involving Regenstrief's artificial intelligence-powered text analytics technology.
Cybersecurity has been elevated to a central concern for healthcare providers, with more attention at the board level and the C-suite, according to a new survey by Orem, Utah-based KLAS Research and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). The study found that 42 percent of organizations have a vice president or C-level official in charge of cybersecurity and for 39 percent of organizations, the head of cybersecurity is at the director level.
IBM’s Watson Health kicked off HIMSS17 in Orlando on Monday with a slew of announcements, including a clinical imaging review platform and partnerships with several large provider organizations on population health and value-based health initiatives.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has affirmed the awarding of approximately $20 million to 11 organizations for the first year of a five-year program to provide on-the-ground training and education about the Quality Payment Program.
Last week, the U.S. Defense Department deployed a commercial, off-the-shelf electronic health record system from Cerner at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Washington as part of a DOD-wide roll out of the EHR system.