TelaDoc

By Jonah Comstock June 30, 2015
The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a policy statement on telemedicine, coming out in favor of better reimbursement and regulatory support for telemedicine, but against direct-to-consumer telemedicine offerings like Teladoc. “Although quality telemedicine care promises to increase access to pediatric medical subspecialty and surgical specialty care for patients in underserved urban and...
By Aditi Pai June 24, 2015
American Well Medical video consultations and visits will increase from 19.7 million annually in 2014 to 158.4 million per year by 2020, according to a new report from Tractica. The figure includes both doctor to doctor consultations as well as patient to doctor video visits. The research firm predicts that although clinical consultations currently make up more than 75 percent of the market,...
By Aditi Pai June 18, 2015
Dallas, Texas-based video visits company Teladoc has updated its IPO filing, which now discloses that the company plans to raise $119 million in its IPO, if it is priced at the high end of its range. Teladoc will price its shares between $15 and $17. Its underwriters could raise up to an additional nearly $18 million, making for an IPO valued at as much as $136.9 million. The company plans to ...
By Brian Dolan June 10, 2015
This week the American Medical Association’s ethics council attempted to come to an agreement over a set of guidelines focused on ethical considerations related to the use of online or mobile visits between patients and physicians, but a physician from Texas helped convince the committee to rethink its plans. The guidelines were tabled and sent back to committee for further review. The earliest...
By Aditi Pai June 8, 2015
Just a couple months after Teladoc filed for an IPO, the company disclosed that they have acquired Scottsdale, Arizona-based Stat Health Services, which offers the online doctor visit service Stat Doctors. "We anticipate closing on the proposed acquisition of StatDoc on June 16, 2015 for $30.5 million, comprised of $13.7 million of cash and $16.8 million of stock and any working capital...
By Jonah Comstock June 8, 2015
Teladoc's road to IPO may prove to be a bumpy one thanks to a new legal battle with American Well. American Well's lawsuit, filed today in Massachusetts District Court, alleges that Teladoc's technology platform willingly infringes on a 2007 American Well patent. The suit asks for triple damages plus court fees, as well as an injunction against Teladoc continuing to do business. "Teladoc has...
By Jonah Comstock June 3, 2015
Last week, JAMA Internal Medicine published a two-page research letter by the Rand Corporation that played into a national conversation about the efficacy of telemedicine -- specifically Teladoc, a company which is both about to IPO and embroiled in a potentially precedent-setting legal battle with its home state of Texas over whether the Texas Medical Board has the right to regulate the practice...
By Aditi Pai May 28, 2015
Physicians who meet with patients via direct to consumer telemedicine services are just as likely to prescribe antibiotics as those who conduct in-person visits, according to a study conducted by Rand Corporation. The study was published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine. The study examined health plan claims from 1,725 patients who used telemedicine...
By Aditi Pai May 19, 2015
Jawbone's UP2 device Some 20 percent of investors said they expect Jawbone to go public this year, according to a Rock Health survey of 43 investors. Jawbone has raised an estimated $725 million, the seed fund reported. Rock Health released the survey just a few weeks after activity tracker company Fitbit filed the initial paperwork that puts it on the path for an IPO. In the company's filing...
By Jonah Comstock April 30, 2015
One month ago, I wrote about how a Supreme Court case with little to do with digital health on the surface could turn out to be a game changer for telemedicine. It only took a month for the first lawsuit to put that new precedent to the test, and the players involved are big ones. Fresh off the news of its IPO filing, Dallas, Texas-based Teladoc sued the Texas Medical Board, alleging that a...