American Well

By Jonah Comstock October 23, 2014
Telemedicine has been around for a number of years, but it's not yet an everyday channel for patients to receive care. A panel of providers and vendors sat down at the Partners HealthCare Connected Health Symposium to discuss the question of what it would take to get telemedicine into the mainstream. The panel, moderated by Harvard heart surgeon Lawrence Cohn, included American Well CEO Dr. Roy...
By Jonah Comstock October 13, 2014
The US Department of Veterans Affairs announced that 690,000 US veterans received care in the 2014 fiscal year via telehealth, with 2 million telehealth visits scheduled. That means that 12 percent of all veterans enrolled in VA programs received telehealth care of some kind in 2014. “We have to adapt to meet veterans wherever their needs are,” VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald said in a statement...
By Aditi Pai June 12, 2014
This week, a bevy of telehealth stakeholders sent incoming HHS secretary Sylvia Burwell a letter as part of ongoing efforts to improve the legal and political climate for telehealth. But virtual visit practioners -- whether using video, telephone, or software -- are managing to do pretty well despite some coverage restrictions. There's at least 12 companies in this burgeoning space, and that...
By Brian Dolan June 4, 2014
Healthcare insurance company WellPoint is now marketing an American Well-powered video visits service called LiveHealth Online to its members and other consumers across the US. The service is available to anyone living in the 44 states where telehealth is legal and in Washington DC for $49 per session. Each session lasts about 10 minutes and physicians are able to prescribe some medications if...
By Jonah Comstock April 29, 2014
One of the biggest difficulties for mobile and digital health companies (or health systems) focused on telemedicine is that they're usually attempting to provide a national service, but the regulations they must follow are determined on the state level -- for the most part by state medical boards. Recently, the Federation of State Medical Boards, an advisory group that issues guidance documents...
By Brian Dolan April 2, 2014
The MobiHealthNews team received a number of emails about yesterday's -- completely made-up -- April Fools' Edition of the MobiHealthNewsletter. We're glad so many of you enjoyed it. If you didn't get a chance to read it yet, be sure to dig it out of your inbox -- it's a newsletter subscriber exclusive. And if you do re-visit it, please note there was a small mixup on one of the bylines -- our...
By Aditi Pai March 13, 2014
Scottsdale, Arizona-based Stat Health Services, which offers the online doctor visit service Stat Doctors, raised $3.5 million, according to an SEC filing. This brings the company's total funding to at least $8.8 million to date. The company told MobiHealthNews that it plans to release more details on the investment round later today. Stat Doctors helps patients contact doctors about medical...
By Jonah Comstock February 5, 2014
Ninety-four percent of American Well customers chose video visits over telephone consultations, according to new data released by the company. And 60 percent of customers accessed that video via a tablet or smartphone. American Well found that when patients did opt for telephone and secure messaging over video visits, it was because internet access was limited. The company also noted that doctors...
By Aditi Pai December 11, 2013
Video consultation app Doctor on Demand has launched and already raised a $3 million seed round from Venrock, Andreessen Horowitz, Google Ventures, Lerer Ventures, Shasta Ventures and Athena Health CEO Jonathan Bush. The app offers patients a portal from which to connect to physicians and is available on iOS and Android platforms. Each video call, which costs $40, can be paid for with a credit...
By Aditi Pai November 11, 2013
Chicago-based Prevail Health has received a 12-month contract from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to help ensure that veterans are given access to mental healthcare services. The partnership, beginning this month, will help make sure Prevail Health's Vets Prevail program reaches thousands of veterans. The program, developed with technology backed by the National Science Foundation,...