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By Heather Mack August 16, 2016
Arkansas, which lags behind the rest of the country in regards to telemedicine, approved one medical board rule to expand telehealth services in the state, but rejected a second that would change requirements for doctors’ use of telemedicine, Arkansas’ KUAR radio reports. While the first rule allows doctors and patients to establish a relationship via audiovisual technology, the lack of a...
By Jonah Comstock August 2, 2016
Even just a few years ago, saying “telehealth” in a hospital almost always meant site-to-site telehealth, or video visit hardware wheeled around the hospital on carts. Now, in more and more hospitals, it’s starting to mean direct-to-consumer video visits. But barriers to adoption persist, both when it comes to physician buy-in and adoption by consumers. “The difficult part of this is the clinical...
By Heather Mack July 21, 2016
When it comes to telemedicine, Texas is behind the national curve. While most states have passed legislation that greenlights various telemedicine services, Texas (along with Arkansas) still lag on the initial foray into telehealth services, struggling, for example, to define whether a video visit or a phone call can appropriately establish a patient-physician relationship.   Which is why the...
By Jonah Comstock June 15, 2016
It's looking more and more like the path to victory in the major turf wars of digital health will not be through patent litigation. Earlier this week, a Massachusetts federal judge Indira Talwani ruled that American Well's telehealth patents, which the company had sued Teladoc for allegedly infringing, were unenforceably broad. She cited the same Supreme Court precedent, Alice v. CLS Bank, that...
By Jonah Comstock June 9, 2016
Even as the legal battle between the Texas State Medical Board and Teladoc soldiers on, many of the involved parties in the state appear interested in putting the conflict behind them and moving on.  The Texas Tribune is reporting that lobbyists for groups affiliated with both telemedicine companies and physician organizations recently met in a closed-door session to discuss "modernizing our...
By Jonah Comstock June 3, 2016
Apple has quietly hired Dr. Rajiv B. Kumar, a pediatric endocrinologist currently employed by Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University, FastCo reported Friday. He will continue working at the hospital part time. Kumar has experience implementing Apple's HealthKit to help patients manage their diabetes. In recent weeks, Apple also saw the departure of one of its healthcare lawyers...
By Jonah Comstock May 18, 2016
Teladoc plans to launch its first chronic condition management program by the end of the year, CEO Jason Gorevic revealed at a session toward the end of the American Telemedicine Association convention in Minneapolis.  “We’re still in the final stages of deciding whether it’s going to be cardiovascular disease or diabetes,” he said. “It’s a tremendous opportunity for more longitudinal care....
By Jonah Comstock May 17, 2016
American Well announced a new enterprise telehealth service at the American Telemedicine Association annual conference in Minneapolis this morning. The new service, called the Exchange, will allow payers and providers who use white-labelled American Well telehealth services to offer their care to one another.  “We typically work with large health insurance companies and large health systems and...
By Jonah Comstock May 16, 2016
UnitedHealthcare has been offering video visits through Doctor on Demand and American Well for nearly six months now, since the start of the year. At a panel at the American Telemedicine Association conference in Minneapolis, representatives from all three companies reported on their experiences with the partnership and also shared some thoughts about the future of telemedicine. Karen Scott,...
By Jonah Comstock May 11, 2016
Teladoc reported a strong first quarter, driven by both strong sales on the company's part and some favorable regulatory shifts and legal rulings.  During the quarter, Teladoc pulled in $26.9 million in revenue, up 63 percent from Q1 2015. Of that total, $20.7 million was from subscription fees and $6.2 million was from visit fees. This year visit fees are made up a larger piece of the pie than...

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