No big announcements. Lots of smaller developments. That’s how most industry observers would characterize the state of the on-demand healthcare market in the first half of 2017. And that applies to virtually all subsegments of the market, including urgent care, retail clinics and telehealth.
It seems like every year for the past five years, those of us watching the telemedicine industry say it’s about to take off. Indeed, we continue to see glimpses of momentum. On the technology front prices have come down and quality continues to improve. Thousands of physicians now work as independent contractors from their homes, providing care to patients hundreds or thousands of miles away. The potential mass market of electronic encounters for acute episodic illnesses, home-based care, behavioral health and disease management is almost impossible to ignore.