The Happy Death of Telemedicine

By Bill Gordon ON July 7, 2017

Telemedicine is dying a rapid death. It will become a thing of the past in the next two to three years after a decade plus struggle for relevancy, a fight to gain respect, and a push towards significant adoption rates. What’s more, this is the best thing that could have happened to telemedicine. Let me explain.

Integrating Behavioral Health into Medicaid Managed Care: Lessons from State Innovators

Funder: Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit

Author: Michelle Herman Soper, Center for Health Care Strategies

April 2016 | Brief

Medicaid enrollees with behavioral health needs have a high prevalence of chronic conditions and are often frequent users of physical and behavioral health services. More and more states are pursuing managed care models that integrate behavioral and physical health services to enhance care coordination, improve outcomes, and control costs for this high-need population. As of January 2016, 16 states currently provide or are planning to offer behavioral health services through an integrated managed care benefit — up from just a handful a few years prior.

Emerging Trends from the ATA Annual Conference

By Heather Zumpano ON July 6, 2017

Three notable trends offer a glimpse into where the telemedicine market is heading.

During the latter half of 2016, key industry reports published by the likes of Kaiser Permanente Medical Group (KPMG), American Telemedicine Association (ATA), American Well and Zeigler showed telemedicine making a significant positive impact on healthcare and the economy. Depending on the report you read, projected growth ranges between 13% and 19% per year over the next five years. At the ATA Conference in Orlando this April, that market optimism was palpable, and was demonstrated in three key trends: Increased patient demand for telemedicine visits, increased telemedicine investment by health organizations, and transition from fee-for-service to value-based healthcare payment models. A large percentage of the consumer market is aware of telehealth. Again, depending on which report you refer to, 68%-75% of those polled said they would prefer a telehealth visit over an in-person visit. This is huge! Virtual visits are no longer an option of last resort. Many survey participants cited convenience as the number one factor that makes telemedicine attractive.

Texas providers see new direct-to-consumer business opportunities in the wake of expanded telehealth law

by Evan Sweeney |

Jul 6, 2017 8:49am

Several health systems in Texas are exploring direct-to-consumer telemedicine offerings following passage of a new law that provides physicians more leeway to treat patients they haven’t seen previously.

The new state law, signed by the governor in May, aligns Texas with the rest of the country by allowing physicians to see patients via video conference without a prior in-person interaction. The legislation, which came in the wake of a testy legal battle between Teledoc and the Texas Medical Board, was a distinct victory for some of the largest consumer telehealth companies, opening up a new market in the state.

The Smart-Medicine Solution to the Health-Care Crisis

The Wall Street Journal

Our health-care system won’t be fixed by insurance reform. To contain costs and improve results, we need to move aggressively to adopt the tools of information-age medicine.

RPM 101: How Remote Patient Monitoring Saves Time, Money, and Lives

20 APR 2017 / 11:00 am EDT

15:00 GMT


Dr. Bob Arnot



Matt Weisensee



Accredited Home Care Signs With QOLPOM To Advance Telehealth Services In California

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Parallax Health Sciences, Inc. ("Parallax") (PRLX), is pleased to announce that Accredited Home Care has chosen QOLPOM, Parallax's Telehealth subsidiary, to exclusively provide its patent-pending and industry leading array of Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) technologies, medication dispensing and compliance services, logistics, hardware, and secure network platform management. Accredited Home Care serves more than 15,000 patients annually through its five offices located in Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego Counties, employing over 100 office staff and 3,000 nurses and caregivers in the field. 

Grande Ronde Hospital Expands Telehealth Services with In-Home Patient Monitoring


11/7/2016 12:00:00 AM PACIFIC

Updated: 11/7/2016 1:13:25 PM PACIFIC

For more information, contact Mardi Ford.

Grande Ronde Hospital (GRH) announces a new partnership with medical tele-monitoring company QOLPOM for a new service to benefit our most fragile patients.

“This newest expansion of GRH TeleHealth services through our Patient-Centered Primary Care Program offers increased diversity and opportunity for providing in-home care to some of our most vulnerable patients. Our partnership with QOLPOM provides us with a great opportunity to offer even more healing and comfort for those patients who are being treated at home. They will continue to receive quality care from friendly faces with even greater support through a thriving specialty-consult technology network,” said Doug Romer, GRH Executive Director of Patient Care Services.

Victory Medical Solutions Contracts With QOLPOM

Posted: Oct 18, 2016 6:21 AM MST

Expanding Remote Patient Monitoring and Telehealth Programs in Arizona and the Navajo Nation

Santa Monica, CA - October 18, 2016 - (

Parallax Health Sciences, Inc. ("Parallax" or the "Company") (PRLX), is pleased to announce that Victory Medical Solutions LLC (VMS) has chosen QOLPOM, Parallax’s Telehealth subsidiary, to provide high quality healthcare in the rural and remote parts of Arizona. VMS is leveraging technology, allowing its accredited nursing operation to bring healthcare to some of the poorest counties in Arizona, where access to basic healthcare services is historically difficult. In these rural communities, where most live below the poverty level, the Arizona healthcare system is incurring significant and escalating costs in order to provide services. Logistics, including ambulatory services and hospital readmissions, are having a highly challenging effect on both the quality of care and the escalating costs to the healthcare system of Arizona.

Parallax Health Sciences acquires QOLPOM

Sep. 14, 2016 7:54 AM ET|About: Parallax Health Scienc... (PRLX)|By: Douglas W. House, SA News Editor

In a regulatory submission filed today, Parallax Health Sciences (OTCPK:PRLX) reports that it inked an agreement to acquire QOLPOM (Quality of Life Peace of Mind) on September 8. The Santa Monica, CA-based firm provides a service to residential-based caregivers that leverages the Internet of Things. The core of the service is the QOLPOM Hub, a medication dispensing, management and remote monitoring system that ensures seniors and chronic care patients at home take the correct medications on time and notifies caregivers if a medication is missed or has a medical status report that requires follow-up...

Philips to launch medication adherence monitoring device in U.S., Europe before year end

June 1, 2016 | By Stacy Lawrence

Royal Philips ($PHG) has released positive data on its connected medication dispenser Medido from an almost 1,400-patient study in the Netherlands. It found that adherence rate was dramatically improved and remained consistent over a year in chronic disease patients who take medications thrice daily on average...

Remote Patient Monitoring Lets Doctors Spot Trouble Early

For patients with chronic conditions, tracking of vital signs allows quick adjustments in care


Jonathan D. Rockoff

Feb. 16, 2015 11:00 p.m. ET

Richard Setzenfandhad a wireless router installed in his Pittsburgh home last fall. But it wasn’t for surfing the Internet or streaming video to his computer.

The router was sent by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to track how Mr. Setzenfand’s diseased heart was doing. The device wirelessly collects the measurements taken in the patient’s home by a scale, blood-pressure cuff and fingertip blood-oxygen meter, and sends them to the medical center...

Philips Medido Pill Dispenser Simplifies Patient Adherence to Drug Regimens

February 21st, 2014

Pill management is a daily chore for a lot of people – it’s not easy remembering to take multiple medications, each with their own schedule. There are numerous machines that sort tablets and try to take the confusion out of the process, but some are making pill management completely automated...