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.
Advancements with patient-facing health information technology tools, such as wearables, patient portals and mobile apps, have the potential to improve healthcare delivery, yet low health literacy may be a barrier to patients’ use of electronic tools.
Treating depression with evidence-based psychotherapy via videoconferencing can be a viable alternative to in-person treatment, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.
Siemens Healthineers and Great Neck, N.Y.-based Northwell Health have formed a research partnership aimed at developing research projects centered on clinical effectiveness and outcomes research utilizing data analytics-based population health evidence.
Merge Healthcare and Watson Health, both IBM companies, unveiled new imaging solutions utilizing machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies at the Radiological Society of North America Annual Meeting (RSNA 2016) in Chicago this week.