(LAS VEGAS) Jan. 9, 2013 at 8 a.m. EST – Teladoc, the nation’s first and largest telehealth provider, today announced an agreement in principal on a new strategic partnership with HealthSpot, a pioneer in patient and provider driven health care technology. The initiative will enhance Teladoc’s current solution with the ability to offer an on-site option through HealthSpot’s cutting-edge telehealth system that provides medical diagnostic technology in a private, walk-in kiosk: the HealthSpot™ Station.
“Teladoc’s focus is on providing options for customers to access non-emergency, primary care and HealthSpot is a great complement to our current suite of solutions,” said Jason Gorevic. “Patients’ lives have become increasingly busy and the HealthSpot Station provides our members with one more choice in how they interact with a physician – via a physical kiosk, along with our current telephone or secure video options.This offering will accelerate our vision of transforming health care by providing patients with access to affordable, high-quality care when, where, and how they want.”
This partnership, reached in principal and subject to negotiating and executing a definitive agreement, will expand Teladoc’s current telehealth solution with another access point of care for employers, health plans, health systems and patients. For clients interested in adding this component to their telehealth solution, Teladoc will offer the HealthSpot Station, an 8-foot by 5-foot, ADA accessible, fully-enclosed kiosk furnished with a touch screen, audio system, and a two-way high-definition screen that includes multiple high-tech, digital biometric devices that transmits information to doctors through a secured HIPAA-compliant connection. Teladoc’s solution will provide a seamless, integrated experience for patients, whether they access care by phone, online video, health kiosk, or an upcoming mobile video option.
“Partnering with Teladoc has proven invaluable to furthering HealthSpot’s mission,” said Steve Cashman, founder and CEO of HealthSpot. “With the HealthSpot Station adding a new platform for Teladoc’s vast network of state licensed, board-certified providers, we are able to extend the reach of care to patients who cannot access the care they require in a timely fashion. This creates an incredible opportunity by presenting an innovative solution to combat barriers to broad adoption of telehealth.”
Teladoc’s service may be used when a patient is unable to visit their doctor, such as after office hours, and is not a replacement for their primary care physician. Through the service, patients may receive treatment for non-emergency medical issues, such as allergies, bronchitis, pink eye, sinus problems, ear infection for adults and children and other conditions. Physicians may also write short-term prescriptions for non-controlled substances if medically appropriate.
Founded in 2002, Teladoc is the nation’s first and largest provider of telehealth services. With 5 million members nationwide and an average response time of 16 minutes, Teladoc enhances access to affordable, high-quality medical care for adults and children via videoconferencing or telephone consultations. The U.S.-based, board-certified physicians meet or exceed National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) standards and delivers a 97 percent patient satisfaction rate. Teladoc partners with payers, corporations, organizations and patients that seek accessible and affordable high-quality medical care. Additionally, through its TeladocConnect service, physicians are able to offer the convenience of Teladoc and provide their patients with a high level of care around the clock.For more information, please visit www.Teladoc.com or www.TeladocConnect.com.
HealthSpot is pioneering patient and provider healthcare technology with a comprehensive, turnkey system called the HealthSpot™ Station which enables patient access to medical diagnostics from board certified doctors via high definition video conferencing and interactive, digital telehealth tools. An innovative approach to the integration of telehealth and acute care, HealthSpot uses digital technology to empower doctors and specialists to provide care that is smarter, simpler and within anyone’s reach.