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Women’s Telehealth Announces New Partnership with Envision Healthcare

Women’s Telehealth welcomes Envision Healthcare’s Women and Children’s Division as a strategic partner. Envision Healthcare is a preferred national medical group that partners with hospitals and healthcare systems to provide anesthesia, emergency medicine, hospitalists, radiology, surgical and women and children’s services. They have a national network of over 25,000 clinicians over 45 states.

“This partnership expands the capabilities of both companies,” says WT President, Tanya Mack. “Envision Healthcare will add to their telehealth capabilities and NICU continuity of care and Women’s Telehealth will expand their service area to provide improved and quick access to maternal-fetal medicine services.”

Both companies share the goal of improving the clinical outcomes of high risk OB women and their babies. The WT team looks forward to working with Envision Healthcare team members, Deidre Jordan, VP of Clinical Operations, Juli Stover, VP of Virtual Health and Dr. Meg Prado, President of Envision’s Women and Children’s Services.

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Eager to Share My Passions – Telehealth, Entrepreneurship, Leadership

Call me a healthcare adventurer! I’m always pursuing my vision to help others! Above all, my goal is to lead industry change with the tools available in modern healthcare.

I welcome your invitation to serve as a guest speaker or advisor! It would be an honor to share some of the varied expertise I’ve gained through seasoned experience. See bio for details.
~Tanya Mack, President

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TOP 10 “TAKEAWAYS” FROM ATA CONFERENCE 2019

Educate. Inspire. Provoke.  The 2019 American Telehealth Association industry conference, held in New Orleans, LA this week, accomplished all of these. Telehealth is evolving as one component of “Digital Health” and has proven its value as a health care accelerator.  Here are some of my top of mind observations from the meeting:

  • A Huge Gap Exists Between Telehealth Capability and Use: Consumers are actually leading telehealth adoption.  Experts at the conference cited 22% of providers are using telehealth but 69% want to.  Hospital use disparity is similar. More opportunity exists than is realized.
  • Strategic Partnerships are Critical to Advance Telehealth: Telehealth delivery is too complex for organizations to work in isolation and do everything themselves.  Interesting partnerships are emerging to expand capability, share risk, access developed distribution channels and engage patients.
  • Access to Care Remains a Key Motivator: Behavioral Health.  Opioid Crisis.  Access to Specialty Care are top needs.
  • Retail Entering the Telehealth Space is Forcing Change Fast:  Think Best Buy Healthcare in stores and offering “Tech Pharmacy”- like device and service bundles.  Think Alexa answering medical questions, scheduling referrals and sending you medication reminders.  Think Geek Squad keeping your wearables and home blue tooth medical devices functioning.   It’s here people.
  • Meet the Patient Where They Are – Millennials First!: HopeLab shared, “46% of young people would rather have a broken bone than a broken phone.”  90% of young people go online for healthcare.  45% of millennials have no primary health provider.  Smartphones and online are the preferred access points. Patient engagement and satisfaction are vital signs of telehealth success.
  • Platform and Product Integration is Crucial: Hospitals are moving to enterprise telehealth solutions. Payers are looking for company diagnostic tech partners. Providers will not tolerate multiple in/out of platforms.  Patient devices vary. Who makes it all work together with the fastest, least amount of clicks wins.
  • The Hospital is Coming Home: Remote home monitoring, wearables, blue tooth devices, medical apps, sensor technology  and little healthcare affordability relief.  We are moving away from a hospital dominant healthcare system. Patients are finding healthcare environments comfortable and affordable for them.
  • AI and Data are Real. Now. : Analytic rigor. Disciplined innovation cycles. Population health management.  Hospitals showed how they are using AI in an intra-facility manner in the surgical post op area to alert staff more quickly via set triggers to avoid more complex complications using AI and feeds from medical monitors in-house.  In addition, one company outlined their use for AI in the healthcare operation space vs. clinical as a priority to speed up mundane processes.  Image reading by AI faster than we can blink, let alone think.   It’s here, evolving fast and touching telehealth.
  • We Remain Collectively Concerned about Security: Read the news. Daily breaches.  Our health privacy is top of mind for valid reasons. Keep vigilant.
  • The Government is Our Slowest Path to Change-But You Can Help: Senator Bill Cassidy of LA, who is also a physician, gave the audience a reality check about Congress members’ experience of healthcare. Not the same as ours – and he cautioned that any change is a long process that will require education.  Fastest way to advance telehealth – invite them to come and see what we do so they have the direct experience of it. While they are there, provide them with the answers they can use when they are questioned about telehealth – in writing.           

As I left the meeting, having attended for several years, it is satisfying to see telehealth not only mature but start skyrocketing to benefit many. We are all still learning quickly and together.  I was encouraged to see new faces… but, was left questioning whether the meeting was too heavy  on “industry” and too light on patients and providers tracks.  My biggest question, as echoed by others there:  “Now that we’ve proven it, how will we work together to get the value out of telehealth?”                              

~Tanya Mack, President              

  

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ARE YOU A TELEHEALTH ENABLER?

Enabling often gets a bad rap. We’re not talking about enabling someone to persist in self-destructive behavior, but in the positive sense of “making able!” Our goal is to help you be the person who not only makes telehealth possible, but successful! 

Attending the Georgia Global Partnership for Telehealth conference last week, I listened to the breakdown of their 650+ telehealth sites in Georgia.  There were two surprises – only 26% of sites were hospitals and only 6% were providers.  LOW ADOPTION IS REAL. Georgia is one of the nation’s leaders in the telemedicine business.

What’s Missing

I often do telehealth “readiness” walks through many types of facilities, from private practices to government clinics to hospitals, and I’m constantly amazed by the most common barriers to telehealth adoption by organizations:

1) Lack of a telehealth enterprise-wide strategy 

2) Lack of telehealth expertise (internal or identified partners)

Driving Forces

The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) recently reported that patients are the biggest group driving telehealth adoption because they expect access and are eager to take advantage of advanced technologies.

Most medical organizations are now saying, “Yes, we want to offer telehealth services.” The motivating factors include expanded geographical coverage, increased patient satisfaction and additional specialist offerings.  The immediate, important question is, “how?”

Steps on the Telehealth Path  

The organization CEO and a telehealth provider champion taking action together is not only a great place to start, but required for telehealth program success.  Here are other steps in the process.

  • Conduct a needs assessment (internal resources, top value based initiatives, vendors)
  • Prioritize the findings and create an enterprise-wide telehealth strategy
  • Access internal resources and the telehealth marketplace (government, consultants, industry vendors) to fulfill the needs and gain access to experts
  • Use /partner with telehealth experts (Government regional offices, organizations, consultants)      
  • Path: Assess/Strategize/Engage Stakeholders/Install/Test and Train/ Implement

Telehealth is not a standalone solution, it is a set of tools that is quickly becoming not optional as a central way to provide healthcare, maximize resources, promote efficiency, add revenue and meet patient demand


So, we hope your answer is YES, I’m a telehealth enabler! We wish you much success in developing your telehealth program!

~Tanya Mack, President
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World Prematurity Day Highlights Education and Technology As Solutions

World Prematurity Day is Saturday November 17, a day designed to draw attention to the more than 380,000 babies who are born too soon in the United States every year. Alabama’s pre-term birth rate is 12%, as published in the annual report from the March of Dimes, earning the state a grade of “F” which is unchanged from the previous year.  Baptist East Hospital in Montgomery, Women’s Telehealth and Dr. Anne Patterson have launched a new MFM Clinic to support expecting Moms in the prevention of premature births.  Please click the link below to view the WSFA news report.

http://www.wsfa.com/2018/11/15/world-prematurity-day-raises-awareness-education-about-babies-born-too-soon/

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Women’s Telehealth Selected as a 2018 Atlanta Metro Export Challenge Winner

ATLANTA – November 5, 2018  Women’s Telehealth is a recipient of a $5,000 grant in the annual Atlanta Metro Export Challenge (Atlanta MEC), a grant program designed to engage small- and medium-sized businesses in metro Atlanta in the development of international sales plans.

Companies from all over the 29-county region, ranging in size from pre-revenue startups to small and established medium-sized businesses, applied to the program. Thirty companies were selected in the competition and will each receive a grant of $5,000 to apply towards the growth of their international business.

Women’s Telehealth is thrilled to be in receipt of The Atlanta MEC grant and plans to use this funding to make technology enhance to benefit the launch and relationships associated with Project Echo to decrease  maternal and infant mortality rates in our partner countries.

Women’s Telehelath provides high risk obstetric service  via telemedicine.

To see the full list of grant awardees, click here

The Atlanta MEC is one of many ways to engage small- and medium-sized companies in metro Atlanta in the development of their international business. Over the last two years, the program has given out more than $400,000 to metro Atlanta companies thanks to the generous sponsorship of JPMorgan Chase & Co, which again contributed $100,000 to this year’s program. Additional sponsorship came from the Metro Atlanta Chamber, UPS, Johnson Controls and Partnership Gwinnett.

“JPMorgan Chase is pleased to help metro Atlanta businesses grow in the international economy,” said David Balos, head of JPMorgan Chase’s Middle Market Banking group in Georgia. ‘’These grants will help companies spend time in their target markets to meet with distributors, partners, and potential customers. Seeing metro Atlanta companies grow their international business will consequently lead to job creation and growth of the metro Atlanta economy.”

The Atlanta MEC is being implemented by ORBATL, a regional partnership of metro Atlanta public and private leaders that enables businesses to grow in the global economy through trade and foreign direct investment.

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Dr. Dinsmoor Joins Women’s Telehealth

Women’s Telehealth welcomes Dr. Mara J. Dinsmoor to our telemedicine practice.  Dr. Dinsmoor earned her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH and went on to earn her Medical Doctor’s degree from Indiana University. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont and completed a fellowship in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Dinsmoor also holds a Masters Degree in Public Health.  After completing her fellowship, she joined the faculty at the Medical College of Virginia (now Virginia Commonwealth University) where she worked for 12 years.  She became a tenured Associate Professor and was the Head of the Maternal Fetal Medicine Division.  Her research interests while there were HIV in pregnancy and group B streptococcus.  In 2001, Dr. Dinsmoor returned to the Midwest and has been with NorthShore University HealthSystem for the past 17 years, reaching the rank of Clinical Professor.  Her primary research focus at NorthShore has been the NICHD Maternal Fetal Medicine Unit Network studies. We are proud to have such an accomplished physician join Women’s Telehealth.

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