SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Doctor On Demand, the next generation telemedicine provider, announced today that UnitedHealthcare has selected Doctor On Demand as one of the first provider groups for virtual visits. Starting immediately, Doctor On Demand will be an in-network provider group available to eligible UnitedHealthcare commercial members. Virtual visits are available to select UnitedHealthcare self-funded customers in 2015, and will expand to most UnitedHealthcare commercial members in 2016. Member co-pays for virtual visits will be equal to or less than office visits, depending on the benefit plan.
“We couldn’t be more honored that UnitedHealthcare has chosen Doctor On Demand as one of their first virtual visit providers,” said Adam Jackson, co-founder and CEO of Doctor On Demand. “We built Doctor On Demand to provide the easiest, most convenient access to some of the best physicians in the country. In partnership with UnitedHealthcare, we can now help even more Americans get the care they need. Starting immediately, we’ll be offering our No PEPM, utilization-only model and highly-rated service to key UnitedHealthcare commercial customers.”
“UnitedHealthcare is developing innovative telemedicine solutions that enable people, especially those who live in rural areas of the country, access to quality, cost-effective health care, whether at home or on the go,” said Jeff Alter, CEO, UnitedHealthcare’s Commercial Group business. “Consumers can save time and money while being able to choose among quality physicians from the convenience of their smartphone, tablet or home computer at any time of the day.”
With UnitedHealthcare now covering virtual visits at a cost equal to or lower than in-office visits, another barrier to telemedicine adoption has been removed. Though only 22% of employers offer telemedicine today, 71% plan to add coverage in the next 3 years.1 The telemedicine market is expected to swell to $4.5B by 2018.2 Doctor On Demand’s unique model makes it easy and cost-effective for employers to provide this service to their employees. Though many legacy telemedicine providers charge employers a Per Employee, Per Month (PEPM) fee, with Doctor On Demand employers only pay when their employees have a Video Visit.
1 – Towers Watson, 2014
2 – IHS, 2014
About Doctor On Demand
Doctor On Demand is a healthcare service that provides Video Visits with Board Certified Physicians, Psychologists, and Lactation Consultants via smartphones, tablets, and desktop computers. Doctor On Demand delivers services through employers, health systems, health plans, and directly to consumers. Patients simply download the Doctor On Demand app or visit www.doctorondemand.com, provide a list of their symptoms, and are instantly connected for a Video Visit. Consumers rate Doctor On Demand as the best Video Visit provider. The company has more 5 star App Store reviews than every other telemedicine app combined. 87% of patients love Doctor On Demand so much they have recommended it to their family and friends. Entrepreneurs Dr. Phil McGraw, Jay McGraw and Adam Jackson founded the company in 2012 to provide fast, easy, and cost-effective access to high quality medical and behavioral health care. Doctor On Demand is based in San Francisco. To learn more, please visit www.doctorondemand.com.
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, military service members, retirees and their families, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 850,000 physicians and care professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company. For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at www.uhc.com or follow @myUHC on Twitter.