Home Health & Hospice Weekly News Roundup

Our weekly list of news, reports, and information about home health and hospice care. Learn about new studies, trends, CMS regulations and more.


Amazon’s New HIPAA-Compliant Alexa Skills Could Open Doors for Home-Based Care Agencies


Amazon’s Alexa now boasts HIPAA-compliant skills, a development that could create new opportunities for home-based care companies and the senior clients they serve. Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) launched Alexa’s secure medical skill kit Thursday. Through the new kit, select entities are allowed to build Alexa skills that securely send and receive protected patient health information. So far, the new capabilities allow patients from those select entities to do things like book medical appointments, reference their blood sugar readings, access post-discharge instructions and check on prescriptions.


Home Healthcare Market 2019: Industry Size, Share, Trends, Growth, Cost Structure, Capacity, And Revenue And Forecast 2024 |New Report By Market Reports World


Global Home Healthcare Market Overview: Home Healthcare Market 2019 Global Industry research report represents the historical overview of the current market situation and forecast 2019-2024. The research analysts provide an elaborate description of the value chain and its distributor analysis The Global Home Healthcare market study provides comprehensive data which enhances the understanding, scope and application of this report.


The Nurse Workforce Challenge in Home Health


Concerns about the health care workforce come in every shape and size. It is hard to name a health care profession without notable vacancies. Physicians, nurses, pharmacists, therapists, radiology and operating room technicians, and a wide range of support personnel, from coders to homemakers, are in constant demand. Current projections from The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) identify 11 health-care-related jobs on a list of the top 20 fastest-growing occupations. The data is consistent and indicates that the job market is driven largely by aging demographics. Workforce needs in home-based care demonstrate a clear relationship between an aging population with a desire to stay in their homes and the demand for well-prepared professionals to support this. Home-based aides are projected to see a 47 percent growth in demand over the next 10 years, making this the third fastest-growing occupation. This data has remained consistent for several years. The stability of the data is aligned with the experience of home-based care agencies and makes the need for solutions obvious.


Telehealth Market: Increase in Adoption of Technology and Rise in Demand for Self-Care Devices/Solutions Is Likely to Drive the Market


Transparency Market Research (TMR) has published a new report titled, "Telehealth Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast, 2017–2025". According to the report, the global telehealth market was valued at US$ 6.0 Bn in 2016 and is projected to expand at a CAGR of 13.0% from 2017 to 2025. The report suggests that increase in prevalence of chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and others is anticipated to boost the growth of the telehealth market from 2017 to 2025. North America and Europe are projected to dominate the global telehealth market during the forecast period owing to increase in focus on services for business expansion in these regions. Players are continuously expanding their services and products in North America and Europe. Increase in adoption of technology and rise in demand for self-care devices/solutions is likely to drive the telehealth market in Asia Pacific. The telehealth market in the region is expected to expand at a CAGR of 15.0% from 2017 to 2025.