April 30, 2015
UnitedHealthcare has announced that it will now cover video visits from Doctor On Demand, American Well's AmWell, and its own Optum's NowClinic, which is a white-labeled American Well offering. The insurance company pointed out that the average price of a video visit is less than $50, and as part of its coverage for the service its members will still be responsible for a portion of that fee...
April 29, 2015
Teladoc, a large and fast-growing video visits company based in Dallas, Texas, has taken the first step toward filing an initial public offering, according to a statement from the company. Teladoc filed a confidential S-1 form with the SEC and expressed an intention to file an IPO following the SEC's review process.
The Deal had the scoop about a month ago from three investment bankers, one of ...
March 26, 2015
Rep. Cecile Bledsoe
Shortly after the Arkansas House of Representatives rejected a bill that would have allowed telemedicine companies to offer services within the state, the House has passed a more limited bill, which had already cleared the Senate, increasing the allowable range of telemedicine services.
The new bill, SB133, is more restrictive than the one that was previously voted down. It...
February 23, 2015
Telecom giant Cox Communications announced last week that it was teaming up with the Cleveland Clinic to form a "strategic alliance", called Vivre Health, that would develop digital home health services. The joint venture will be based in Atlanta and will help Cox move its healthcare business beyond providing broadband services to hospitals, according to Reuters. As part of the announcement Cox...
February 10, 2015
By better leveraging its Knowledge Graph smart search algorithm, Google is giving its health-related search functions a shot in the arm. Starting in the next few days, health searches on Google and via the Google app will display a wide range of medical facts about the disease or condition in question.
"We’ll show you typical symptoms and treatments, as well as details on how common the condition...
February 9, 2015
Roseville, California-based telehealth company Kura MD raised $1.5 million in a round led by Moneta Ventures. The company's team includes telemedicine pioneer Dr. Jay Sanders as director of telemedicine strategy. This is its first round of institutional funding.
Kura MD has created a virtual visits offering accessible via smartphone, tablet, or computer, and intended for use by individual...
January 21, 2015
Sixty four percent of patients are willing to participate in a video visit with a doctor, according to an online Harris Poll survey of 2,019 adults aged 18 and up conducted in December 2014. Telehealth company American Well commissioned Harris Poll to conduct the survey.
Of those that were willing to visit with their doctor over video, 61 percent said convenience was a factor in this decision....
January 12, 2015
Last year Verizon stopped offering both its patient-to-provider Virtual Visits product and its FDA-cleared telehealth hub software. This moves Verizon away from end-to-end telehealth products and re-focuses it on providing its healthcare customers HIPAA-ready cloud services, advanced security services, and various mobility solutions.
MedCity News first reported on one of the telehealth product...
January 6, 2015
Minneapolis, Minnesota-based telemedicine company Zipnosis has received a "significant" strategic investment from Fairview Health, the hospital system the company has been working with the past several years. The amount of the investment was not disclosed.
"It’s not only a really good runway for us, but it also gives us a partner who’s got national connections through a variety of networks," CEO...
December 15, 2014
The American Telemedicine Association today rolled out a new service for accrediting live, direct-to-consumer telemedicine services. Applications open today for ATA members and will be available for nonmembers in the coming months.
"We also very strongly support the accreditation programs operating in the hospitals and that’s an important role," ATA CEO Jonathan Linkous told MobiHealthNews in an...