Hixny Welcomes First-Ever Telemedicine Member

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Move opens door for providers of remote healthcare delivery to join Hixny network

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“By connecting with Hixny, we can share our data and progress notes, other providers can see the care we’re providing, and the whole system becomes more collaborative and efficient,” said Keith Algozzine, CEO of Upstate Concierge Medicine.

For the New York healthcare community, the addition of Hixny’s first-ever telemedicine member means more access to more data—and a link to a rapidly growing branch of medicine.

In the landmark move, Hixny recently connected Upstate Concierge Medicine, a Clifton Park-based provider of telemedicine services for New York and surrounding states. Telemedicine is defined as the remote delivery of healthcare services via telecom technology (e.g., over the internet or telephone), according to the American Telemedicine Association.

The field of telemedicine has made a growing impact on healthcare in recent years. According to an article in Modern Healthcare, Deloitte estimated that 75 million virtual visits would take place throughout North America in 2014. A survey by Towers Watson discovered that 37 percent of employers planned to offer their workers telemedicine consultations in 2015.

“Telemedicine truly has the power to transform healthcare when it is incorporated into the local healthcare community,” said Keith Algozzine, CEO of Upstate Concierge Medicine. “By connecting with Hixny, we can share our data and progress notes, other providers can see the care we’re providing, and the whole system becomes more collaborative and efficient.”

Upstate Concierge Medicine partners with more than 100 organizations across the Northeast including businesses, colleges and health care providers since its founding in 2014. Last October, the practice was awarded just the fifth Accreditation for Online Patient Consultations in the U.S. by the American Telemedicine Association.

Mark McKinney, CEO of Hixny, lauded the system-wide benefit of connecting telemedicine practices to Hixny. “It adds another source of data that, until recently, our participants didn’t have access to,” he said. “More and more people will be taking advantage of telemedicine in the future, so connecting these practices to Hixny gives our primary care providers more access to more data.”
In 2015, New York became the 22nd state to enact a telemedicine commercial reimbursement statute, requiring insurers to cover telemedicine services.

About Hixny
Hixny empowers modern healthcare by improving the way in which the healthcare community and patients access, analyze and collaboratively act upon patient-specific information. Hixny, a not-for-profit based in Albany, NY, is a recognized national leader in population health management support.

Hixny supports care coordination of more than 1.7 million patients in the Capital District, Northern New York and the Mohawk Valley. To learn more visit http://www.Hixny.org

About Upstate Concierge Medicine
Upstate Concierge Medicine (UCM) is the regions premier provider of telemedicine services. UCM connects local and regional doctors to patients ‪24/7‬/365 using every day technology such as phone, text, video and email. UCM can diagnose, prescribe medications, order labs/x-rays and even refer to local PCP’s and specialists. By providing ease of access and quality care, they cut healthcare costs by reducing unnecessary urgent care and emergency room visits. UCM’s business to business solutions allow business, colleges, healthcare organizations and insurers to leverage their providers, technology and expertise to provide telemedicine services under their brand. ‬‬‬

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