August 13, 2018
Bankrupting docs? Patient booking platform Zocdoc is putting providers in a sticky situation, CNBC reports. The platform, which lets patients book and cancel appointments, is changing its business model. Now instead of charging providers a flat annual rate per doctor, it proposes to charge a lower annual rate as well as a booking fee for each new customer.
Not only would this dramatically...
Doctor on Demand CEO Hill Ferguson
August 9, 2018
Telemedicine options for employers in the United States are approaching ubiquity — a National Business Group on Health survey last year found that 96 percent of employers planned to offer telemedicine services to employees this year.
Indeed the question for employers has moved from “whether to offer telemedicine” to “how to maximize the value of a telemedicine investment.” That gives big...
May 22, 2018
FCC commissioners united on telemedicine. In an editorial in the Boston Globe yesterday, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai and former commissioner Newton N. Minow presented a unified front on the importance of rural telemedicine. In the article, Pai and Minow stressed the importance of high-speed internet in rural communities and interstate licensing compacts to make sure communities can fully benefit.
April 25, 2018
An analysis of Doctor On Demand administrative data conducted by the RAND Corporation suggests that patients turning to direct-to-consumer telemedicine services in the days following natural disasters such as hurricanes are most often seeking routine care and guidance, as opposed to treatment for new issues prompted by the storms.
Still, the data suggest that the service (which Doctor On Demand,...
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.