Teladoc in the news: 5 recent updates

From its $6.6 billion impairment charge for its Livongo acquisition to inking a deal with Amazon Alexa, here are five of the most recent healthcare moves from Teladoc as reported by Becker's:

  1. Teladoc partnered with Amazon Alexa to launch voice-activated, virtual medical care on supported Echo devices. To get connected, patients can say to their device, "Alexa, I want to talk to a physician." Echo will then connect with a Teladoc physician for a virtual visit related to nonemergency needs, such as experiencing symptoms of a cold, flu or allergies.

  2. Teladoc launched a telehealth model for employees that will help integrate virtual care into its healthcare benefits. ​​The model is scalable and can be used by organizations of all sizes.

  3. New Hyde Park, N.Y.-based Northwell Health integrated Teladoc's virtual care platform into 20 of its hospitals. Northwell Health said it plans to expand the offering to additional affiliates in the future.

  4. Teladoc named Vidya Raman-Tangella, MD, as chief medical officer. Dr. Raman-Tangella, who previously served as general manager of healthcare and life sciences solutions at Amazon Web Services, will lead Teladoc's health equity, clinical evidence and best practice, and physician training.

  5. Teladoc's first quarter 2022 earnings took a hit as the company faced a $6.6 billion impairment charge. The impairment charge means that the company will opt for impairment when the value of assets or goodwill on their books is no longer fully recoverable.

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