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NewYork-Presbyterian launches pediatric telehealth option

New York, NY — With new telehealth services for pediatrics, Manhattan’s very own NewYork-Presbyterian is expanding its suite of OnDemand digital health services.


Via the NYP.org website and the NYP mobile application, concerned parents will be able to access the new Pediatric Urgent Care from 6:00 pm to midnight seven days a week.

Using high-definition video conferencing, parents can talk with pediatric emergency physicians about common conditions affecting kids like fever, cough, vomiting, pink eye and rashes.


While the service will initially be limited to patients residing in New York State, the hospital says it plans to expand to New Jersey, Connecticut and Florida in coming months.


Demand for virtual health services is growing strongly across the industry.  For example, virtual visits account for more than half of all member visits with doctors, Kaiser Permanente CEO Bernard Tyson said this past April.


As a result, health systems nationwide have been lining up to offer telehealth services.


Telehealth systems provider American Well currently services over 70 health system partnerships from coast to coast, including upstate New York’s very own Bon Secours and the Cleveland Clinic.


Telehealth is also increasingly becoming part of public health policy, with Medicare recently expanding its list of telehealth-eligible services under its Physician Prospective Payment System.


New York 2nd-costliest city for new hospital construction

New York, NY — If you want to build a new hospital for less, don’t go to Honolulu. 


According to a new report by industry analysis firm Rider Levett Bucknall, the Hawaiian capital currently tops the list of America’s 12 most expensive cities for hospital building.


Unfortunately, though, East isn’t far at all from West here, with New York City coming in 2nd.

While building a new hospital in Honolulu will cost you up to $760 per square foot, NYC will cost you up to $700, Rider research reports.


Other big cities making the list are Los Angeles (up to $700) and Chicago (up to $630).  Denver and Las Vegas tied for 11th place at up to $455 per square foot each.


Mega-merger to make Jersey’s biggest academic healthcare system

West Orange, NJ — The late-July partnership announcement between RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers University will eventually create New Jersey’s largest academic healthcare system.


Rutgers Health Group has about 1,000 University-employed physicians, dentists, psychologists, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals, and RWJBarnabas Health is the state’s largest healthcare system.


The new partnership will span 17 of New Jersey’s 21 counties and create a multi-specialty group of over 2,500 practitioners.


Primary care job growth slower than specialists

Washington, D.C. — The medical industry as a whole may be booming.  But according to a new report in Health Affairs, jobs for primary care physicians (PCPs) grew far slower than did those for specialists.


Between 2005 and 2015, PCP jobs increased by eight percent, while specialist jobs during that same period grew by 48 percent.  During that time, the percentage of doctors in primary care dropped from 44 to 37 percent.


However, if physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) are included, the total primary care workforce grew during that period by 17 percent.