April 25, 2018
San Francisco-based telemedicine provider Doctor On Demand announced today the closure of a $74 million round of Series C financing. The funding round was led by Princeville Global and Goldman Sachs Investment Partners. Previous investors including Venrock, Shasta Ventures, and Tenaya Capital also participated.
"At Doctor On Demand we’re focused on putting the patient first, and this latest...
April 18, 2018
Novo Nordisk and San Francisco-based Sempre Health have announced their collaboration on a pilot program that will offer diabetes medications through the latter company’s monetary incentive and SMS-driven prescription refill platform. The partnership is hoping to engage 10,000 diabetes patients on Sempre’s platform within 2018.
“Looking at some of the metrics that Sempre has been able to provide...
March 23, 2018
Just about everyone agrees in the basic vision for telemedicine: When a person gets sick, instead of jumping in the car to drive to a doctor’s office or urgent care center, they can pick up a phone or tablet instead, and get in touch right away with a doctor.
But when it comes to which doctor should be on the end of that call — and who should be facilitating that connection — healthcare...
September 29, 2017
As wide swaths of the southeastern US work to recover from the recent spate of hurricanes, they won’t be reliant on local health care providers alone. Since Hurricane Harvey began threatening the Houston area in late August, telemedicine vendors and healthcare providers alike have opened up their lines to receive emergency calls and support relief efforts free of charge.
This isn’t the first time...
September 6, 2017
Questions raised about IBM Watson for Oncology. A new report from STAT suggests that IBM has been overpromising and underdelivering with the cancer treatment application of its artificial intelligence engine. The article points out a lack of independent, peer-reviewed studies validating the software, and charges that Watson "doesn’t create new knowledge and is artificially intelligent only in the...
August 30, 2017
Updated to include American Well's Harvey offerings
The devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey and its subsequent tropical storm has caused hardships for many living in southeastern Texas and parts of Louisiana. One of the many things extreme weather makes difficult is accessing healthcare services, a near impossibility when a deluge of rain has trapped people in homes and shelters.
August 4, 2017
Teladoc CEO Jason Gorevic certainly had a lot to talk about on yesterday’s Q2 earnings call. Referencing the recent legislation in Texas and the company’s acquisition of Best Doctors, Gorevic called Q2 2017 "the most exciting quarter in the company's history”. On the call, Gorevic delved into some details about how Teladoc and best Doctors will integrate, shared some future plans for the company...
May 26, 2017
In the State of Texas, a major piece of telemedicine legislation is sitting on Governor Greg Abbott’s desk. Known as Senate Bill 1107 and House Bill 2697, the bill abolishes the requirement that patient-physician relationships be established with an in-person visit before telemedicine can be used.
(Update: As expected, Abbott signed the bill on Saturday.)
Texas is the final state of 50 to abolish...
May 3, 2017
San Francisco-based telemedicine provider Doctor on Demand has added another layer to its virtual visits with the integration of laboratory services with Quest Diagnostics and LabCorp, which will be available in the coming months.
Rather than interrupt their service and create additional paperwork or communication chains, clinicians practicing with Doctor on Demand can continue playing the...
April 28, 2017
While the word “telemedicine” was once considered a catch-all term for any type of healthcare service administered remotely, it’s become evident over the last decade that the word can be applied to the myriad virtual care services, tools and companies out there today. So in effort to get an idea of where the industry is heading in the next few years, a panel at the American Telemedicine...