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Direct to Consumer Telemedicine

  • Tania ElliottEmail author
  • Jennifer Shih
Telemedicine and Technology (J. Portnoy & M. Hernandez, Section Editors)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Telemedicine and Technology

Abstract

Purpose of Review

Telemedicine uses technology to connect patients and data with providers at a distance. Direct to consumer telemedicine is a rapidly growing segment of the industry.

Recent Findings

The telehealth market has skyrocketed in recent years, making it a multi-billion dollar industry. Direct to consumer telehealth, dominated by the for-profit private sector, is the most popular form.

Summary

Direct to consumer telemedicine is a subset of telehealth that shows promise in increasing access to and engagement in medical care. Quality assurance, reimbursement, and regulatory oversight are important factors in assuring appropriate widespread adoption.

Keywords

Telemedicine Telehealth Health technology Remote care Video visit Virtual care Digital health 

Notes

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

Dr. Elliott reports that Doctor on Demand was a previous employer. Dr. Shih is a consultant for Teva.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.

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Papers of particular interest, published recently, have been highlighted as: •• Of major importance

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.NYU Langone Health and Bellevue Hospital CenterNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Emory UniversityAtlantaUSA

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