influenza

By Dave Muoio 03:00 pm February 28, 2020
The year 2019 was good to Teladoc Health. Although still operating at a loss, the virtual care provider enters the new year hot with reports that revenue and visits — domestic and international, paid membership and visit fee — all outpaced the company’s projections. Teladoc said during a Wednesday afternoon earnings call that it is expecting that growth to continue. Part of this is due to the...
By Dave Muoio 03:41 pm January 20, 2020
Resting heart rate and sleep duration data collected from Fitbit devices could help inform timely and accurate models of population-level influenza trends, according to a new Scripps Research Translational Institute study published online in The Lancet Digital Health last Friday. “Currently, CDC [influenza-like illness (ILI)] data are typically reported [one to three] weeks late and reported...
By Jonah Comstock 11:11 am March 5, 2018
On its fourth quarter earnings call, Teladoc reported increases in total visits, utilization, and revenues, but also in net loss. CEO Jason Gorevic was optimistic, pointing to positive developments in Washington and the success of the platform during this year's worse-than-normal flu service. Teladoc’s full-year revenue for 2017 was $77 million, a 106 percent increase from 2016. Net loss, however...
By Dave Muoio 01:19 pm February 7, 2018
With influenza running rampant and several other infections waiting in the wings, some may be interested in knowing whether a specific disease is common in their community. With the recent release of the free Doctors Report Illness Tracker, the public has another resource where they can easily check how often doctors have reported a selection of 15 diseases within a specific US zip code. “...
By Dave Muoio 04:50 pm February 2, 2018
As the calendar turns to February, the beleaguered US healthcare system continues to battle an influenza season considered by Centers for Disease Control and Surveillance officials to be among the worst of this decade. According to the public health agency’s most recent numbers, which include all cases of the disease reported to the CDC by January 20, this year’s flu season has seen a total of 11...
By Jonah Comstock 03:17 pm January 16, 2018
Connected thermometers track flu season. Smart thermometer company Kinsa told the New York Times that its flu tracking data is more accurate and more granular than that of the CDC. Kinsa's data -- based on 25,000 readings a day from thermometers in 500,000 households around the country -- suggests that California's flu outbreak is the worst in five years, while the Northeast, including New York...
By Jonah Comstock 10:52 am July 29, 2015
Text message reminders that were tailored or included a reminder doubled the chance that expectant and new mothers would receive an influenza vaccine in a new randomized trial of Text4baby, a texting service for new mothers, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. As a result of these findings, vaccination reminders will be incorporated into Text4baby going forward during flu...
By Jonah Comstock 01:13 pm April 2, 2013
A new study from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology, found that text messaging was ineffective at changing the minds of pregnant women who were not intending to get the influenza vaccine. In their study of 158 urban, low-income pregnant women, researchers found that text messages had no effect on whether expectant mothers got the...