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Telehealth, HIPAA compliance and innovation tracking

The coronavirus pandemic has prompted instant behavior and tech changes.  And not just about hand washing and social distancing.  For the past two days, it’s apparent that the seemingly forever slow growth of telehealth adoption has entered a new, “When can I have that? Yesterday?” phase.   This applies to caring for and treating the 2.5 million in senior living communities, including nursing homes. Some senior living providers have been ahead of the game for some time with telehealth, like Asbury Communities and Holiday Retirement -- offering services for residents at times when physicians cannot be on site. But the interest and use of telehealth in senior living has been accelerating since April 2019, when Medicare Advantage plans began covering it. And further, when senior living companies were enabled to provide their own Medicare advantage plans, that piqued more interest in telehealth.  All that's left is to install the connectivity to make it effective.

Intiva Health Announces HIPAA-Compliant Secure Messaging Service for Physicians and Care Teams

03/10/2020

AUSTIN, TEXAS – March 10, 2020 – Intiva Health unveiled Ready Doc™ Messaging, the latest addition to its Ready Doc™ credentialing platform. A desktop application is immediately available for use by care teams of any size.

Ready Doc™ Messaging is an easy-to-use messaging app for smartphones or workstations that helps organizations improve health care team communication and collaboration while maintaining HIPAA-compliance.

Innovative offerings from 2020 (virtual) HIMSS

HIMSS was canceled – but the briefings went on to shed a light on what’s new.  When a conference of the scale of the largest annual health IT event HIMSS (possible attendance of 45,000 compared to 2019) is canceled, it sends shudders through the world of the entrepreneurs and providers they wanted to meet, solving thorny care delivery problems, finding customers and partners, gaining visibility to unusual and compelling solutions. And it created a big challenge for the multiple PR firms engaged to help create that visibility to innovation in care. Following cancellation, phone calls replaced nearly all 10 scheduled in-person meetings. In addition, HIMSS is in the process of arranging a digital version of HIMSS. In the meantime, Here are some of their updates, in alphabetical order:

Reach Consensus with J2 Global’s New Interoperability Platform

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J2 Global, Inc. – the leader in digital cloud faxing – announced today an unparalleled opportunity for healthcare providers to move from paper faxing to a comprehensive interoperability system through an easy-to-use platform that connects healthcare organizations through the entire continuum-of-care.

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Wired for Care: The New Face of Caregiving in America

02/12/2020

A new study released today by Cambia Health Solutions titled, “Wired for Care: The New Face of Caregiving in America,” redefines the modern caregiver by exploring how caregiving responsibilities co-exist with personal and professional duties and desires.

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