"Now that we’re part of United, it’s like, ' Ok, United stuck their neck out and vetted these guys."Research shows that when the technology is in place, telemedicine can put quality health care where it might not have been able to reach.
Of course, helping others isn't the only motivation.
There will be those who view what United is doing as an attempt to cut costs at the expense of more personalized care.
But Mueller says that type of criticism misses one important point: "It's not mandated, so if it’s not for you or you don't trust it you have other options."Jackson, for one, says Doctor on Demand's biggest users are working mothers, who have lots of questions about their kids' health but can't take a day off of work to bring them to the doctor whenever they have the sniffles.
Schoenberg says that the United partnership will help nudge these ideas forward.health insurer is putting telemedicine on par with a regular trip to the doctor's office, effectively saying a video visit is as good as brick-and-mortar medicine.United Healthcare today is announcing a partnership with three telemedicine companies to cover video-based doctor visits just as it covers in-person visits.According to Jackson, virtual visits can help hospitals and urgent care centers offload some of their more easily treated cases in order to focus on patients who really need in-person care."These visits keep the colds and flus and allergies and bumps and bruises out of the offline settings," Jackson says.