The telehealth or telemedicine trend has been building for a couple of decades already. People were slowly beginning to access more and more healthcare services online, especially in the realm of mental health. However, it wasn’t until 2020 that telehealth truly took off.
In 2020, telemedicine stopped being simply an alternative. In many cases, it was not safe to go to doctors and other healthcare professionals in person. A lot of providers stopped seeing patients in-office entirely.
With telehealth firmly in the public consciousness in 2021, these are the top 10 companies in terms of innovation and service.
As one of the first telemedicine providers in the US, Teladoc is far ahead of many of its competitors. You can use Teladoc to consult with a doctor at an affordable price without having to leave your home. They are available for consultations regarding almost all aspects of physical health that do not require urgent care.
The mental health sphere has benefited more than any from telemedicine. People who are wary of visiting a therapist in person can find a match online. With BetterHelp, the process is seamless and cheap. Your decisions are also more flexible, with the ability to change therapist if they are not the right fit.
The pandemic has made it necessary to move much of our day-to-day activity online. For many people with eye-care needs, this may have seemed unrealistic. GlassesUSA.com makes it easy to buy glasses online with insurance. You can get your prescription glasses in a number of different brands, with a large insurance network. GlassesUSA.com provides a virtual mirror service for you to try on different frames. With free shipping and returns no-questions-asked, you don’t have to worry about choosing the wrong pair.
As a telemedicine company, Virtuwell stands apart from its “triage” system. Through a questionnaire, they determine whether your problem is something they can treat before putting you in touch with a doctor or recommending a trip to the ER. You save time and money on an appointment which would not help you.
Woebot takes telehealth to another level in the mental health sphere. Woebot is an AI chatbot that works with you through cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) treatment of various concerns. Studies have shown its efficacy and it is very affordable.
Nutrimedy is a B2B telehealth company that creates nutrition management plans that can be delivered to a person in the comfort of their home. They create the foundation through which a provider can effectively work with a client in a remote setting.
Headspace is one of the biggest apps bringing meditation and mindfulness to millions of people around the world. They deliver mindfulness courses through an excellent app that help deal with a number of mental health concerns. Calm, one of their biggest competitors, is regarded by many as equally effective.
Specifically offering remote treatment for depression, Brightside connects patients to therapists and doctors. Unlike services like BetterHelp, you can get prescriptions for medication from psychiatrists using Brightside.
9. Maven Clinic
The Maven Clinic specializes in women’s health, specifically providing services supporting women throughout all stages of conception, pregnancy, childbirth, and onwards.
10. First Opinion
As you can expect from its name, First Opinion gives you a first opinion on your medical concern. It does not connect you with a doctor or make prescriptions available. Rather, it gives you an indication of which service you need and information to take to your doctor.