March 15, 2016
More and more health insurers are encouraging members to seek out video visits with physicians by subsidizing or outright covering such services. The latest to commit to the trend is Independence Blue Cross, which serves 2.5 million customers in the Philadelphia area and another 7.5 million across the country.
Independence will offer telemedicine to its members in two ways — both through a...
January 11, 2016
Teladoc CEO Jason Gorevic took the stage at the JP Morgan Annual Healthcare Conference in San Francisco this morning to share some preliminary metrics around his company's financial performance last year. Gorevic also announced a few new big name Teladoc customers and shared a slide that included Teladoc's estimates for how well their competitors are doing.
Gorevic said that Teladoc's revenues...
November 10, 2015
Walgreens announced that it expanded its telehealth offering, which the company launched in partnership with MDLive last year, to 20 more states. The telehealth service is now offered in 25 states total -- after launching with two, it added another three in June. The company also announced the launch of a new app, called Walgreens Connect, in partnership with Qualcomm Life that allows Walgreens...
September 21, 2015
The HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) recently released a whitepaper, based on a workshop held last April, on designing telehealth and remote visits for consumers. The 20-page document is interesting, extensive, and hits on some good points about how to make telehealth convenient and effective for consumers. Yet both the whitepaper and the workshop excluded the viewpoint...
June 24, 2015
Sunrise, Florida-based MDLive, which offers telehealth services including patient-to-physician remote visits via mobile devices, raised $50 million from Bedford Funding. This brings the company's total funding to at least $73.6 million.
Existing investors include Sentara Healthcare, Sutter Health, Heritage Group, and Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors.
The company said it would use some of the funds...
June 10, 2015
Walgreens, which partnered with MDLive to offer telemedicine services in two states last December, has added three more states to its rollout and announced that MDLive video visits will now be available on desktop computers and tablets, in addition to smartphones.
Colorado, Washington, and Illinois will join California and Michigan on the list of states where Walgreens offers virtual doctor...
April 15, 2015
Sunrise, Florida-based MDLive, which offers patient-to-physician remote visits via mobile devices, has partnered with Microsoft to deliver telehealth services through Microsoft's Skype for Business offering.
Microsoft acquired Skype in 2011 and just this week announced a new product, called Skype for Business, which will replace Microsoft's legacy video conferencing offering, Lync. Skype for...
April 13, 2015
Since Walgreens merged with UK drugstore chain Boots last year, the company has been ramping up its digital strategy and has announced a slew of strategic partnerships with companies like Qualcomm Life, WebMD, MDLive, and PatientsLikeMe. Walgreens President and Walgreens Boots Alliance EVP Alex Gourlay, who transitioned over from Boots in the merger, spoke at HIMSS this week in Chicago about each...
February 17, 2015
California health system Sutter Health has launched a new iOS app that now includes telemedicine via MDLive, a company Sutter invested in early last year.
The app, for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, includes a symptom checker, access to a My Health Online patient portal via Epic, and the aforementioned video visit capabilities. It also has geographic locators for doctors, labs, and other care...
November 11, 2014
Sunrise, Florida-based MDLive, which offers telehealth services including patient-to-physician remote visits via mobile devices, has acquired online therapy provider Breakthrough Behavioral. The financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed.
Breakthrough Behavioral has raised at least $5.9 million to date.
The acquisition will allow MDLive to expand its services and offer patients...