telehealth

By Kathy Lozano 11:58 am April 9, 2020
About the author: Kathy Lozano is VP of clinical operations at Carenet Health, a San Antonio, Texas-based telehealth nursing and virtual clinic provider. Telehealth has emerged as a critical tool in the fight against COVID-19, helping to ease the burden on traditional healthcare providers by encouraging patients with unrelated mild or moderate ailments to get care via phone or online. It has also...
By Dave Muoio 04:28 pm April 8, 2020
Easy access to (temporarily) free counseling. Consumer telehealth and mail-order prescription services Hims and Hers are dipping into the mental health wellness space. The brands kicked off new anonymized group therapy and guided meditation offerings yesterday, with the therapy sessions led by a licensed mental health practitioner. The group sessions are currently being offered free of charge in...
By Dave Muoio 04:15 pm April 7, 2020
Text-based primary care startup 98point6 has announced the close of a $43 million Series D funding round alongside new service expansions intended to address coronavirus-driven demand. The company did not name any of its investors in its release. WHAT THEY DO 98point6 provides on-demand primary care services for consumers and health plans that can be accessed through the company's mobile app. The...
By Vasileios Nittas 07:33 am April 7, 2020
The unprecedented speed of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) had the world quickly realise that the only way to avoid a frontal crash is a temporary emergency brake. As we slow down and stay home, the novel coronavirus sweeps across communities, destabilizes livelihoods and forces a new 'normal'. A new normal that requires distance and discipline. Yes, we are all in this together; and yes, it is each and...
By Dave Muoio 11:25 am April 6, 2020
SteadyMD, a nationwide telehealth provider focused on continuous care, has raised $6 million in Series A funding. Pelion Venture Partners and Next Ventures co-led the round, alongside contributions from First Trust Capital Partners, the Daube Family Office, Crosscut Ventures, M25, Wild Ventures, and Hyde Park Venture Partners. WHAT THEY DO SteadyMD's virtual care service connects members to text...
By Dave Muoio 02:46 pm April 1, 2020
On Monday, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai pulled back the curtain on a $200 million program that would combat the COVID-19 crisis by bankrolling telecommunications equipment and services for qualifying healthcare providers. The plan is fueled by funds appropriated in the $2 trillion CARES Act signed by Congress and President Donald Trump late last week. If approved after...
By Tammy Lovell 01:32 am April 1, 2020
London-based startup Air Doctor, has raised a Series A funding round of $7.8 million from Kamet Ventures – the AXA-backed venture builder – and The Phoenix Insurance Company. This latest round follows Air Doctor’s seed round of $3.1 million in July 2018. WHAT THEY DO Founded in 2016, Air Doctor connects travellers who fall sick abroad with local private physicians who are skilled at treating non-...
By Marianna Imenokhoeva 07:01 am March 31, 2020
At a time, when social distancing is among the major measures used to fight COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth is stepping-up as a key technology for safe and efficient communications. The World Health Organization mentioned telemedicine among essential services in “strengthening the Health Systems Response to COVID-19” policy. According to a new WHO policy, within the optimizing service delivery...
By Laura Lovett 03:40 pm March 26, 2020
On the frontlines of the coronavirus, crisis providers are tapping into digital mechanisms to communicate with patients and track the spread of the disease. Yesterday MassChallenge hosted a summit on innovation in the age of the coronavirus crisis, which included a panel on how tech can play a role in direct patient care. "If there is any silver linings it's that the [American Medical Association...
By Dave Muoio 02:49 pm March 24, 2020
Apple's Siri has been updated to provide symptom-based guidance and, in some cases, telehealth-app download links to users seeking COVID-19 information from the virtual assistant. Now, when users ask Siri a question along the lines of "How do I know whether I have coronavirus?" or "I think I have coronavirus," the tool initiates a new conversation tree to determine the user's current symptoms....