Congress’ CARES Act has expanded reimbursement for providers using telehealth.
[Dallas, TX]: Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, healthcare providers are scrambling to find solutions to care for their patients while the nation is sheltering-in-place. Jollitot, the developer of OB Connect a telehealth platform for OB/GYNs, is providing doctors their HIPAA compliant video conferencing service free-of-charge during the coronavirus pandemic. With the help of virtual visits, doctors are now able to continue providing care to pregnant mothers who can stay in the safety of their own home.
“With the huge demand in telehealth due to COVID-19, we are stepping up to help healthcare providers make the transition faster and easier,” says Sean Usman, CEO of Jollitot. “Our goal is to help mitigate the exposure of patients who are sick or at-risk due to other conditions, as well as protect the healthcare workers and the community. With Congress’ recent passing of the CARES Act which is funding $200 million for a COVID-19 Telehealth Program, eligible healthcare providers can receive up to $1 million for telehealth services.”
A major concern with video conferencing services is security. With the recent and quick rise in its use, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) temporarily relaxed HIPPA Rules to allow doctors the option to use service like Skype or Zoom to meet with their patients. However, the security vulnerabilities of these services resulting from hackers has become a widespread problem.
“Zoom-bombing has become a new and trending term meaning when uninvited attendees break into your video conferencing meeting,” says Adeel Syed, CTO of Jollitot. “Just search the word in Google and you will find many videos of this happening. There are some terrible things being done and said by these Zoom hackers. A doctor definitely doesn’t want one of these hackers in their video conference while they are discussing sensitive health information with their patient. That is why they choose OB Connect as their secure and HIPAA-compliant video communication service that they can continue using after OCR removes their temporary loosening on HIPAA regulatory requirements.”
As new developments around COVID-19 present themselves, Jollitot will continue to work directly with healthcare providers. For more information on the free virtual visits available during COVID-19, visit www.jollitot.com/covid-19-emergency-response/.
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About Jollitot: Jollitot offers a virtual care platform that provides convenient, engaging, and precise care, directly from the OB/GYN or Pediatricians office to the patient’s home. They partner directly with healthcare providers to bring the patient educational content, weekly resources, and much more through a mobile app. The doctor can monitor the patient’s health by tracking their weight and other vital signs right from their home. When using these tools, patients experience increased engagement and satisfaction, while OBGYNs and Pediatricians are able to identify patient risk more quickly, improve clinic workflow, and see more patients.