Pre-pandemic, remote medical visits were often stymied by insurance companies and state medical boards. But COVID-19 made telemedicine essential. That was a boon for Teladoc Health. Think of the remote medical service like a virtual urgent-care clinic where a doctor is always on call; it provides a variety of nonemergency services, and doctors can write prescriptions. Teladoc’s total visits increased to over 10 million in 2020, up from just over 4 million in 2019. Now, the company is adding the ability to automatically upload data from connected medical devices—all without the waiting rooms and paper gowns.
More Must-Reads From TIME
- Bad Bunny's Next Move
- 'How Is This Still Happening?' A Survivor Questions America's Gun Violence Problem
- Nicole Chung: The Person I Became After My Father's Death
- Can Birth Control Help Solve the World's Rat Problem?
- About That Devastating Tom-Shiv Scene in Succession's Premiere
- Why Humza Yousaf's Win Is 'Historic' for Scotland
- If Donald Trump Is Indicted, Here's What Would Happen Next in the Process
- It's Time to Say a Loving Goodbye to John Wick
- Who Should Be on the 2023 TIME100? Vote Now
- Column: Ozempic Exposed the Cracks in the Body Positivity Movement