What is telemedicine and what type is best for my organization?

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In this series of blogs, Translating Healthcare, we will highlight and break down the meaning of phrases and terminology that are increasingly used, but not always widely understood, in healthcare today.

The words Telehealth and Telemedicine are showing up with increasing frequency on medical blogs, websites, and in the news. Since the advent of the coronavirus pandemic, you likely have even heard them directly from the mouths of healthcare providers, legislators and supporters.

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Topics: Expert View, asynchronous, synchronous, telemedicine, covid-19, telehealth

How has coronavirus changed Medicare coverage for Telehealth services?

As providers adopt Telehealth solutions as safe alternatives to in-person visits, many are wondering whether coverage for these services has changed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Prior to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency in the US, the popularity of Telehealth – remote electronic communications between physicians, other healthcare providers and patients - had been somewhat limited. The limited use of electronic patient engagement was in large part due to restrictive reimbursement for those services by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS).

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Topics: medicare, telemedicine, covid-19, telehealth, insurance

Big Words of Healthcare: Synchronous vs Asynchronous

In this series of blogs, Translating Healthcare, we will highlight and break down the meaning of phrases and terminology that are increasingly used, but not always widely understood, in healthcare today.

Synchronous.

Asynchronous.

On a basic level it might be clear that these two words refer to opposing things and have something to do with time… but how do they apply to healthcare?

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Topics: Expert View, asynchronous, synchronous, telemedicine

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