November 13, 2014
Most healthcare practitioners are either using telemedicine or planning to use it soon, but less than a fifth of them are being paid for those services.
That's according to a survey recently conducted at the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine (AIHM) annual conference in San Diego. AIHM surveyed 754 practitioners, 78 percent of whom were physicians. Neither the academy nor the conference...
October 13, 2014
About a year ago when Google launched its video chats service and directory Helpouts, which connects people to experts in a wide variety of fields, reports emerged that the search giant was now offering video visits with doctors.
Soon after Helpouts' launch, tech-savvy primary care provider One Medical Group's CEO Dr. Tom Lee told VentureBeat that his company was working with...
September 24, 2014
Planned Parenthood has launched a pilot program for a service that prescribes birth control to women via video visits, powered by American Well, and then sends them either the pill, the patch or the ring through the mail.
The video visit service is available online and via an iOS or Android app, called Planned Parenthood Care, but only for residents of Washington state and Minnesota. In a...
September 10, 2014
As a group, about 35 percent of baby boomers were interested in using their smartphone to learn about and better manage their own health, according to results from a survey conducted by academic researchers in late 2010. The survey, which consisted of responses from 469 consumers, 258 of which are baby boomers, only published its findings this month.
Researchers from Saint Louis University, ...
August 28, 2014
According to research firm Parks Associates the number of doctor-patient video consultations in the US will almost triple over the next year.
"The number of doctor-patient video consultations will nearly triple from this year to the next, from 5.7 million in 2014 to over 16 million in 2015, and will exceed 130 million in 2018," Harry Wang, Director, Health & Mobile Product Research, Parks...
August 6, 2014
San Francisco-based video visit app Doctor On Demand raised $21 million in a round led by Venrock with additional funding from Shasta Ventures and Sir Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin Group, which offers employee wellness program Virgin Pulse.
This brings the company's total funding to $24 million.
Existing Doctor on Demand investors include Venrock, Andreessen Horowitz, Google Ventures,...
June 12, 2014
This week, a bevy of telehealth stakeholders sent incoming HHS secretary Sylvia Burwell a letter as part of ongoing efforts to improve the legal and political climate for telehealth. But virtual visit practioners -- whether using video, telephone, or software -- are managing to do pretty well despite some coverage restrictions. There's at least 12 companies in this burgeoning space, and that...
June 3, 2014
Ninety-three percent of adults would prefer to go to a doctor that offers email communication, according to a recent survey of 433 Americans aged 21 and over from Catalyst Healthcare Research. Of this 93 percent, 25 percent said they would still prefer a doctor that uses email communication even if there was a $25 fee per episode.
The margin of error for the survey was 4.7 percent.
March 6, 2014
The number of households using video consultations with physicians will grow, from 900,000 in 2013 to 22.6 million in 2018, according to a report from Parks Associates.
Parks Associates previously released other data from this report last month, which added that video consultation revenues will grow from under $100 million in 2013 to $13.7 billion in 2018.
By the third quarter of 2013, 28 percent...
February 5, 2014
Ninety-four percent of American Well customers chose video visits over telephone consultations, according to new data released by the company. And 60 percent of customers accessed that video via a tablet or smartphone. American Well found that when patients did opt for telephone and secure messaging over video visits, it was because internet access was limited.
The company also noted that doctors...