Telemedicine startups in the US are experiencing a surge in demand amid the coronavirus outbreak, helped in part by a push from the federal government and health insurers. The volume of virtual visits has roughly doubled for AI-enabled telehealth platform 98point6. Virtual clinic usage at Amwell (fka American Well) has surged roughly 40% above normal in recent days, and startup Ro said it has seen “significant” growth in coronavirus-related online visits. In response to the pandemic, all three startups have rolled out COVID-19 screening tools. Ro made its assessment available to the public and will offer free video consultations with physicians for patients who are symptomatic or have other risk factors. After declaring a national state of emergency Friday, thus making $50 billion in funding available, US President Donald Trump touted increased access to telehealth as one tool to fight coronavirus.
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