Digital Health

Digital Health Download: December 2022

Adam Schultheis
Dec 29, 2022
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Let's prepare for 2023!

     December was an active month for Digital Health news, and we at Incisive want to help make sure you didn't miss anything! Every month we grab a few top headlines to help ensure you can stay up to date on what's happening with this Digital Health Download.

     This month we are breaking down some telehealth research findings, a great RPM program at Mt. Sinai, and some insights on how telehealth startups are handling patient data. On top of that we have added 'The Quick List" to quickly call out some additional items that we recommend putting on your reading list!

     Now, let's jump right in!

Telehealth Visits Unlikely to Require In-Person Follow-Up Within 90 Days

     First, I cannot recommend reading these findings to anyone creating or expanding their telehealth programs enough. Epic Research ran the numbers, and I am calling out the highlights I took away from their figure in the article without commentary.

  • 15% of mental health telehealth visits required an in-person follow-up out of 4.3 million visits. That means 3.6 million visits that did not need to be seen in person
  • 6 different specialties, not including Mental Health, saved half a million patients or more from having to show up in person for an appointment each. Totaling over 4.6 million visits not requiring an in-person follow-up
  • 13 different specialties still need in person follow-ups over 30% of the time.

     For those focused on virtual care programs, this should be a key resource in decision making for where to implement and what needs to be investigated more to identify how to optimize the virtual appointments when appropriate.  

     To learn more, visit the article at

Mount Sinai Health tackles digital health inequity with robust RPM program

     Patient inequity has started to get a lot more visibility over the last few months, and needs to be considered when developing virtual care programs and healthcare at home programs. Mt. Sinai’s problem is not much different than other healthcare organizations, and they were able to tackle it while providing better patient outcomes and still saving money.  

     Mt. Sinai provided devices that did not require additional technology or wifi in their hypertension focus RPM program and after only 6 months almost 3 quarters of the patients. Mt.Sinai’s observations equated to just over $800,000 for RPM patients over 12 months.

     To learn more, visit the article at

Telehealth startups put business over the patient

    This is my own headline for TheMarkup’s article “Out Of Control”: Dozens of Telehealth Startups Sent Sensitive Health Information to Big Tech Companies

     The Markup found that telehealth startups are sending ‘shopper data’ to big tech companies such as personal information like email and phone numbers, URLs that they have visited, and answers to questionnaires! Although not illegal, this should be concerning to patients that are looking for alternative care options.

     It also reassures that Healthcare organizations need to be the leaders in the telehealth space because they care about the patients.

     To learn more, visit the article at

The Quick List!

     There were tons of great items closing out 2022, so I wanted to drop them below without a quick summary in case you want to put them on your morning coffee reading list!

1. Matthew Gitelis, CEO of PatientIQ, talks data-driven patient experience with HealthcareITNews

2. Becker's recaps Epic’s 12 biggest moves in 2022

3. Xtelligent Media published a 12 page report of RPM Uses and Challenges

4. HealthCare IT News talks through the 2 year extension of telehealth flexibilities

5. mobi health news talked with leaders about the stability of digital health funding as we head into 2023

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Adam Schultheis
Adam Schultheis
Director of Digital Health
Adam is an former Epic team lead for web application technical services and hosting client systems. He has a passion of utilizing technology to improve patient outcomes while maximizing the user experience.

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