telemedicine

By Jonah Comstock June 27, 2016
According to a new survey conducted by Harris Poll and commissioned by Salesforce, 59 percent of all consumers, and 70 percent of millennials, would choose a primary care physician who offers a patient-facing app over one who doesn't.  The survey results included 2,025 US adults aged 18 and older, among whom 1,736 have health insurance and a primary care doctor. The survey showed that by and...
By Jonah Comstock June 21, 2016
Iggbo, a Richmond, Virginia-based startup that has created a technology-enabled network for facilitating on-demand blood draws, has raised $13 million in funding in a round led by Heritage Group, a healthcare focused VC group based in Nashville, Tennessee. The company previously raised $6 million across several seed rounds, so this brings its total funding to $19 million. According to Iggbo, 70...
By Jonah Comstock June 15, 2016
It's looking more and more like the path to victory in the major turf wars of digital health will not be through patent litigation. Earlier this week, a Massachusetts federal judge Indira Talwani ruled that American Well's telehealth patents, which the company had sued Teladoc for allegedly infringing, were unenforceably broad. She cited the same Supreme Court precedent, Alice v. CLS Bank, that...
By Jonah Comstock June 9, 2016
Even as the legal battle between the Texas State Medical Board and Teladoc soldiers on, many of the involved parties in the state appear interested in putting the conflict behind them and moving on.  The Texas Tribune is reporting that lobbyists for groups affiliated with both telemedicine companies and physician organizations recently met in a closed-door session to discuss "modernizing our...
By Jonah Comstock June 8, 2016
RetraceHealth, a Minnesota-based direct-to-consumer home and video doctor visit provider, has raised $6.5 million according to an SEC filing. This follows on a $1 million round from January. Lemhi Ventures, a new investor, led the round and Lemhi Managing Director Jodi Hubler will join RetraceHealth's board of directors. Previous RetraceHealth investors include Blue Cross and Blue Shield of...
By Brian Dolan June 1, 2016
Headlines during the first six months of 2016 included a hard look at how employers should approach employee wellness programs, increased provider acceptance of patient generated health data, drawn-out telemedicine regulatory battles, underwhelming efficacy data, the rise of AI, a new payment model for primary care, steady digital health investments, a handful of notable mergers and acquisitions...
By Jonah Comstock May 24, 2016
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, a health insurer covering Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC, has announced the 10 organizations that it will support financially in launching or developing telemedicine initiatives. The insurer first announced the program, which offers $3 million to non-profit organizations and government entities for "innovative programs using telemedicine to improve access...
By Jonah Comstock May 18, 2016
Teladoc plans to launch its first chronic condition management program by the end of the year, CEO Jason Gorevic revealed at a session toward the end of the American Telemedicine Association convention in Minneapolis.  “We’re still in the final stages of deciding whether it’s going to be cardiovascular disease or diabetes,” he said. “It’s a tremendous opportunity for more longitudinal care....
By Jonah Comstock May 17, 2016
The Department of Veterans Affairs has had a rough couple of years. The year 2014 saw the VA come under fire for an inefficient system that left tens of thousands of patients facing long waits for care with some even dying as a result. The silver lining of this crisis, Under Secretary for Health and VA Chief Executive Dr. David Shulkin said at the American Telemedicine Association annual...
By Jonah Comstock May 17, 2016
ARC Devices will go to market with its forthcoming connected, contact-free thermometer via partnerships with telehealth vendor VSee and remote patient monitoring company Ideal Life. Boca Raton, Florida-based ARC Devices launched its digital infrared thermometer, called InstaTemp, last fall. But the current version of the device isn't connected -- it displays temperature readings on a screen on...

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