Expanded Teladoc – Kinsa Partnership to Support Connected Care and Drive Further Healthcare Value through Innovation
LEWISVILLE, Texas, February 22, 2017 - Teladoc, Inc. (NYSE: TDOC), the undisputed leader in telehealth, providing access to care for millions, announces today it has expanded its partnership with Kinsa, a leading provider of smart health products and services, including the first FDA-cleared Smart Thermometer. As Teladoc continues to transform the care experience, the integration of its app with the Kinsa Smart Thermometer will validate how the right breakthrough technologies will further drive engagement, quality and value in telehealth.
"Behavior change that will continue to accelerate telehealth adoption is fueled by consumer-facing innovations like the Kinsa Smart Thermometer, a technology that immediately delivers clinical value with a wow-factor experienced by parents and their children alike," said Dan Trencher, senior vice president, product and corporate strategy, Teladoc. "At Teladoc we are anchoring our innovation in smart technologies and partnerships – in relevant, affordable, consumer-centric innovations – that will have a lasting impact, and contribute to a new and better care experience for our members."
Connected medical devices, and the subsequent value of the data derived and mined from them, are driving the growth of the connected healthcare industry. Projected to reach $612 billion by 2024, the connected healthcare industry is estimated to provide $30 billion in savings in 2017 and up to $50 billion in savings by 2018, according to Accenture. The integration of Kinsa with the Teladoc telehealth platform is an example of fully achieving connected care by deriving maximum value and consumer engagement from the integration, which in this case also directly leads to driving telehealth adoption.
With this integration, the Teladoc app automatically detects the Kinsa app on a user's mobile phone, guides the user to Kinsa, and offers the option to import up to 10 days of temperature readings into the Teladoc platform. Upon opt-in, the data is integrated into the Teladoc physician's view of the health record, supporting diagnosis with a clear, visualized rendering of the patient's temperature history. This comprehensive data helps inform decisions regarding diagnosis, such as bacterial versus viral conditions based on temperature trends evident in the data.
"We are excited that Kinsa's technology can further improve the user experience for telemedicine," said Inder Singh, founder and chief executive officer, Kinsa. "This partnership advances both Kinsa's and Teladoc's goal of helping individuals and families in the exact moment of need, when they want care. We believe users will see tremendous value in this new seamless experience." As part of this partnership, Teladoc and Kinsa will work together to bring greater value to large employers – simplifying for employees the experience of caring for sick children, driving higher telehealth utilization, and improving the quality of care delivered.
For more information on the Teladoc telehealth solution, visit www.teladoc.com.
Teladoc, Inc. (NYSE:TDOC) is the nation's leading provider of telehealth services and a pioneering force in bringing the virtual care visit into the mainstream of today's health care ecosystem. Serving some 7,500 clients — including health plans, health systems, employers and other organizations — more than 17.5 million members can use phone, mobile devices and secure online video to connect within minutes to Teladoc's network of more than 3,100 board-certified, state-licensed physicians and behavioral health specialists, 24/7. With national coverage, a robust, scalable platform and a Lewisville, TX-based member services center staffed by 400 employees, Teladoc offers the industry's most comprehensive and complete telehealth solution including primary care, behavioral health care, dermatology, tobacco cessation and more. For additional information, please visit www.teladoc.com.
Kinsa offers a suite of smart products and services, including its family of smartphone-connected thermometers, that guide users from the first sign of sickness through recovery and beyond by quickly and accurately recording illness details and offering guidance on what to do next. Kinsa also shows common illnesses circulating within communities, and is advancing efforts to create a real-time health map to help track and stop the spread of illness. Kinsa has won numerous awards, including the Grand Prize in Medical Innovation by the Cleveland Clinic, and is available in more than 7,000 retail locations in the US and Canada. www.kinsahealth.com.