March 13, 2017
Telemedicine company Teladoc has added a new position, executive vice president and chief revenue officer, and has tapped Peter Nieves for the role. Nieves was previously the EVP of employer markets at Optum, where he built that business up to be worth more than $1 billion according to a release from Teladoc.
“Successfully advancing to the next level is always reliant on having the right people...
March 9, 2017
Smart thermometer maker Kinsa has raised $17 million in a round led by GSR Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, and FirstMark Capital. This brings the company’s total funding to $28.6 million.
Kinsa, which received FDA clearance for its smartphone-connected thermometer in 2014, said it will use the latest funding to develop additional smart products and services to the Kinsa line.
March 9, 2017
A study published in Health Affairs and conducted by the RAND Corporation made a big splash this week with a bold claim: That telemedicine doesn’t actually reduce healthcare costs because the increased convenience leads to increased utilization, which ultimately costs more than in-person care would have.
The study looked at claims data from a cohort of 300,000 employees with access to Teladoc...
March 7, 2017
Telemedicine provider Teladoc has appointed Kenneth H. Paulus to its board of directors, where he will serve on two committees: Nominating & Corporate Governance and Quality & Safety. Paulus has held leadership positions at a number of large health organizations and served as CEO for borth Allina Health and Atrius Health System. He also worked as the chief operating officer at Partners...
March 2, 2017
Increased membership, revenue and visits were all highlights of Teladoc’s fourth quarter for 2016, and it was a big year overall for the telemedicine provider. During the company’s fourth quarter earnings call with investors, Teladoc executives shared strong numbers across the board as well some strategic partnerships and legislative advancements they believe will keep them on an upward path.
March 2, 2017
The latest legislative effort to establish telemedicine guidelines in Texas may finally be what everyone has been waiting for. Senator Charles Schwertner submitted a bill this week created out of months of negotiations between various medical boards, regulatory agencies and industry groups, and it contains a compromise that may finally bring an end to the longtime telemedicine standoff in the...
February 23, 2017
Telemedicine provider American Well and Samsung Electronics are collaborating to create a new level of healthcare service in regards to consumer reach, interoperability and accessibility, but they aren’t yet disclosing what that end user experience will look like.While both companies were short on specifics, they described the partnership as one presenting a “tremendous opportunity,” that will...
February 22, 2017
Teladoc is the latest telemedicine company to incorporate connected devices into its offering via an expanded partnership with FDA-cleared connected thermometer company Kinsa.
The Teladoc app will automatically detect the Kinsa app on a user’s phone, and guide the user to Kinsa. Users can also import up to 10 days of temperature readings into the Teladoc platform from the Kinsa app. That data...
February 15, 2017
The two latest bills in the quest to make telemedicine in Arkansas more like the rest of the country have passed.
House Bill 1437 aims to ease up the restrictions on telemedicine laws that were enacted in 2015 by eliminating the requirement that patients must be at a healthcare facility to receive telemedicine services. The companion legislation, Senate Bill 146, decrees the originating site can...
February 10, 2017
Yale New Haven Hospital has tapped Reflexion Health for its virtual physical therapy platform as part of a new program aimed at helping patients recover from joint replacement surgery. Patients at Yale’s Center for Musculoskeletal Care will use Reflexion’s Virtual Exercise Rehabilitation Assistant (VERA) platform, which offers patients a home-based rehabilitation experience. The platform will be...