Southern New Jersey’s largest health system to expand access to care through telehealth
Lewisville, Texas (Aug. 3, 2015) – Teladoc, Inc., the nation’s leader in telehealth, announced it has been selected by Virtua, the largest health care provider in southern New Jersey, to provide telemedicine services to its employees and residents of the communities it serves. In addition, board-certified primary care physicians employed by Virtua will join Teladoc’s clinical network, which offers 24/7/365 access to state-licensed, board-certified physicians via phone, internet, secure online video and mobile devices. Virtua’s telemedicine offering is planned for a fall 2015 launch, following technical implementation and training.Virtua is a comprehensive health care system whose network includes health and wellness centers, primary care physician services, several hospitals, outpatient centers and numerous other medical services and facilities. By joining with Teladoc to offer telemedicine consults in a new co-branded service, Virtua expects to increase consumer access to non-emergent care within its three-county market area.
“Virtua has been a leader in developing new options for health care delivery, breaking down barriers to care and creating better alternatives to costly emergent care,” said Jason Gorevic, chief executive officer of Teladoc. “Teladoc is honored to be selected as a strategic telemedicine partner by such an impressive organization that also closely aligns with our vision of delivering innovative, patient-centric health care solutions.”
According to Gorevic, as health care systems become increasingly patient-centric, with a goal of delivering quality care in appropriate settings, telemedicine is fast becoming an important ingredient in the formula for success.
“Expanding access to primary care across our communities is a continuing priority, and the addition of a telemedicine option is a natural extension of Virtua’s wide range of primary care health services, including our 21 physician practices and three urgent care centers,” said Richard P. Miller, Virtua president and chief executive officer. “Teladoc’s reputation for clinical quality and patient satisfaction aligns with our focus on providing an outstanding patient experience, and we look forward to working together to provide convenient, on-demand health services that people want and need.”
Teladoc, Inc. (NYSE: TDOC) is the nation’s first and largest telehealth platform, delivering on-demand health care anytime, from almost anywhere via mobile devices, the internet, secure video and phone. More than 11 million U.S. members are connected to Teladoc’s network of over 1,100 board-certified, state-licensed physicians and behavioral health professionals who provide care for a wide range of non-emergency conditions. With a median response time of less than 10 minutes, Teladoc physicians will perform more than 500,000 telehealth visits in 2015. Teladoc and its physicians consistently earn a 95 percent member satisfaction rating or better, and Teladoc is the only telehealth company to be certified by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for its physician credentialing process.
Recognized in June 2015 by MIT Technology Review as “One of the 50 Smartest Companies,” Teladoc works with health plans, employers, organizations and individuals to provide access to affordable, high-quality healthcare on-demand. Teladoc is transforming the access, cost and quality dynamics of healthcare delivery. For more information, please visit teladoc.com, twitter.com/teladoc, facebook.com/teladoc or linkedin.com/teladoc.
About Virtua As one of New Jersey’s largest health systems, Virtua offers a comprehensive range of health care services. Services are delivered through three health and wellness centers, three fitness centers, three acute care hospitals, primary and specialty physician practices with more than 320 providers, three (soon-to-be six) urgent care centers, 11 ambulatory surgery centers, home health services, two long-term care and rehabilitation centers and 12 paramedic units. A leader in maternal and child health services, Virtua delivers almost 8,000 babies a year. Virtua also provides occupational medicine services to 1,700 businesses. Virtua employs more than 8,500 people and has been honored as the #1 Best Place to Work in the Delaware Valley for seven consecutive years. For more information, visit www.virtua.org or www.virtuabroadcastnetwork.org.