Online medical appointments are the latest advance in medical treatment. A phenomenal example of the intersection of medicine and technology, telehealth, also known as e-health services, is revolutionizing the way people receive medical treatment. And patients are only too happy to experience the change, especially with the current emphasis on social distancing.

1. BetterHelp

Founded: 2013
Parent Company: Teladoc Health
BetterHelp is an online portal that provides direct access to consumers to mental health services. Online counseling and therapy services are provided through online interactions as well as telephone and text communications. BetterHelp was founded in 2013 by Alon Matas and Danny Bragonier, and acquired by Teladoc, Inc. in 2015. BetterHelp retained its name after the acquisition and continues to provide online counseling services to consumers. BetterHelp is a web-based platform that allows patients to interact with counselors and therapists via a private online message board, live chat, phone and video conferencing and is the world’s largest counseling service.The “room” is open 24/7 and can be accessed from any Internet-connected device from any physical location.

2. JustAnswer

Founded: 2003
Founders:  Andy Kurtzig

JustAnswer (also known as Pearl.com) is an online question and answer website that connects visitors with knowledgeable users across multiple categories including medical, legal, automotive, veterinary, and technical assistance. Visitors must register for an account and deposit a good faith deposit of the amount of their choice, which can be paid to the person answering the question. If visitors are satisfied with the response, they can give a positive rating and the respondent will receive part of the deposit as determined by the current terms of use of JustAnswer and the “Expert Agreement”. If the user is not satisfied, he has the option of looking for another answer or of receiving a refund. If the user fails to provide a positive feedback and does not request a refund within 30 days of the date the response was received, the respondent will not receive anything for the response and JustAnswer will retain 100% of the deposit.

3. SteadyMD

Founded: 2016

SteadyMD is a telehealth company that enables members and doctors to pair up, collaborate, and develop long-term personal relationships, completely online.The SteadyMD Matching Engine evaluates each new member and doctor across hundreds of medical, fitness, and lifestyle attributes to help spark a connection and pair them up successfully.The company offers services for primary care, functional medicine, pediatric care, and employers and is licensed and has members in all 50 U.S. states.SteadyMD doctors are partnered with a limited number of members and are conveniently available through text, phone, and video chat. The SteadyMD medical team retrieves and maintains health records, refers patients to local specialists, arranges tests and procedures, and generally influences all downstream care and health spending for that member.

4. MDLive

Founded: 2009
Founded in 2006, MDLIVE, formerly MDLiveCare, is a telehealth provider of online and on-demand healthcare delivery services and software that benefit patients, hospitals, employers, payers, physician practice groups, and accountable care organizations.

Amwell

Revenue: 14.9 crores USD (2019)
Founded: 2006
Amwell, formerly known as American Well, is a Boston, Massachusetts-based telemedicine company that connects patients with doctors via secure video. Amwell sells its platform as a subscription service to healthcare providers to bring their healthcare professionals online and its proprietary software development kits, APIs and system integrations enable clients to integrate telehealth into existing workflows used by providers and patients. Amwell has around 700 employees and has raised more than $ 500 million from investors, including Anthem, Philips, Allianz and Teva Pharmaceuticals, with the goal of connecting patients to remote care providers. The company operates in all 50 U.S. states and works with 55 health plans, which support more than 36,000 employers and collectively represent more than 80 million covered lives, as well as 240 of the nation’s largest health systems, encompassing more than 2 000 hospitals. In 2020, more than 40,000 suppliers are using the Amwell platform. American Well renamed Amwell on March 9, 2020.

 

 

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