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Direct-to-consumer teleheath: The sector gets a new diagnosis

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Rebecca Vesely is AHCJ's topic leader on health information technology and a freelance writer. She has written about health, science and medicine for AFP, the Bay Area News Group, Modern Healthcare, Wired, Scientific American online and many other news outlets.

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They say health care is local.  But the convergence of the smartphone and telehealth is making health care ubiquitous.

Virtual visits, a.k.a. direct-to-consumer (DTC) telehealth services, are growing in number and popularity. DTC telehealth companies provide on-demand physician video, text and phone consultations via mobile apps and websites for a nominal fee, paid by credit card. Some insurers are beginning to cover DTC telehealth visits in their health benefit plans. Continue reading