CVS expands telehealth services with 3 companies

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Woonsocket, R.I.-based CVS Health is expanding its telemedicine services with partnerships with three telemedicine companies to further understand how such offerings can improve patient care.

The retail clinic and pharmacy chain is working with American Well, Doctor on Demand and Teladoc to pilot different telehealth opportunities, including making care more readily available to patients and enabling MinuteClinic clinicians to consult with physicians through telehealth during consults.

"With the increased demand for patient care anticipated in future years as a result of the expansion of coverage through the ACA, the primary care physician shortage, aging of the population and epidemic of chronic disease, telehealth gives us the opportunity to offer high quality care to an expanded group of patients in a variety of convenient and cost-effective locations," said Andrew Sussman, MD, executive vice president and associate CMO of CVS and president of MinuteClinic.

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