October 28, 2016
San Jose-based Vocera Communications, which offers communications services for hospitals and health systems, has acquired fellow clinical communications company Extension Healthcare for $55 million in an all-cash transaction.The acquisition combines the complementary technology of both companies, creating a mobile communication and collaboration platform within a single system from a single...
October 28, 2016
Lewisville, Texas-based telemedicine company Teladoc has announced its third quarter results, which, while showing increased revenue, membership and visits, ultimately revealed increased financial losses compared to last year. However, in a call to investors, executives pointed to the fact that it is the company’s first full quarter since acquiring employee health benefits app-maker HealthiestYou...
October 19, 2016
In an unusual move, the Texas Medical Board has dropped its appeal in its case against Teladoc. The appeal itself was an unusual move, as the board appealed not the lower court's final decision, but its rejection of the state's motion to dismiss the case.
Teladoc, which offers remote medical visits, sued the TMB in state court way back in April 2015, alleging that because the board was made up of...
September 12, 2016
Teladoc's antitrust lawsuit against the Texas Medical Board (TMB) is still a long way from over, but an amicus curie brief filed this morning in the Fifth Circuit Court shows that the telemedicine company has friends in high places: namely, the US Federal Trade Commission.
A quick refresher: Teladoc sued the TMB in state court way back in April 2015, alleging that because the board was made up of...
August 26, 2016
In 2012, MobiHealthNews ran an article — contributed by patent lawyer Orion Armon of Cooley LLP — asking the question “Is mobile health about to enter a patent thicket?” Armon had noticed a stark rise in the number of patents being issued in the mobile health space. He predicted that this would likely lead to an increase in mobile health patent litigation.
Four years later, we haven’t seen nearly...
August 16, 2016
Arkansas, which lags behind the rest of the country in regards to telemedicine, approved one medical board rule to expand telehealth services in the state, but rejected a second that would change requirements for doctors’ use of telemedicine, Arkansas’ KUAR radio reports. While the first rule allows doctors and patients to establish a relationship via audiovisual technology, the lack of a...
August 12, 2016
Over the years, more and more companies have gone public in the digital health space and existing public companies have gotten into the space, either on their own or thorugh acquisitions. Here's a roundup of digital health talk on the latest round of second quarter investor calls and quarterly finance reports.
Fitbit. San Francisco-based Fitbit, maker of a series of popular wearable activity...
August 4, 2016
Teladoc’s push into chronic disease management, which CEO Jason Gorevic gamely said would land by the end of 2016 at the ATA conference this year, has been delayed, he said on the company’s Q2 call yesterday.
“Based on the strong positive feedback from … clients regarding our behavioral health product in particular, we have decided to further invest our resources in behavioral health and in the...
July 21, 2016
When it comes to telemedicine, Texas is behind the national curve. While most states have passed legislation that greenlights various telemedicine services, Texas (along with Arkansas) still lag on the initial foray into telehealth services, struggling, for example, to define whether a video visit or a phone call can appropriately establish a patient-physician relationship.
Which is why the...
July 19, 2016
In Arkansas, currently the only state in the nation that does not allow telemedicine companies like Teladoc or American Well to treat patients, a proposed telemedicine rule that would have made remote visits more permissible was stalled when a key legislative panel declined to sign off, Politico's Morning eHealth reported.
Arkansas is ranked last in the nation in telemedicine practice standards...