Teladoc plans to launch its first chronic condition management program by the end of the year, CEO Jason Gorevic revealed at the American Telemedicine Association convention in Minneapolis, adding that the company is still deciding whether it’s going to be cardiovascular disease or diabetes.
“It’s a tremendous opportunity for more longitudinal care. Behavioral health was the first step in really moving from acute episodic to a longitudinal relationship between provider and patient and providing this patient with care over a long period of time where we track their progress,” he said. “Having now built that infrastructure we’ll be able to leverage that over more chronic conditions.”
Gorevic, however, noted that this upcoming service may not be entirely an in-house production of Teladoc and could be a product of partnership with some other company that may already be offering chronic condition management solutions.
“We don’t feel like we have to build everything ourselves, but we do feel we have the opportunity to be the single point where people come for all things remote care,” he said. “That may be for immediate access to a provider or to schedule multiple visits over the course of time. It may also be as a distribution channel for devices that enable them to interact better with a provider at a higher level and with a greater depth of clinical intervention.”
Meanwhile, Teladoc competitor American Well is also looking to move beyond acute care into chronic disease management, though they have yet to share any plans.