Direct to Consumer Telemedicine
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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.
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.
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.
KeywordsTelemedicine Telehealth Health technology Remote care Video visit Virtual care Digital health
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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.
Papers of particular interest, published recently, have been highlighted as: •• Of major importance
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