2016 was a good year for telemedicine. 2017 shows even more promise. Last year, HealthLens say an array of patients using its platform to connect with their provider remotely. Many of the online visits were for skin checks; however, there were a number of other use cases that presented themselves throughout the year. As more patients use HealthLens, we expect to see even more interesting cases from patients all over the world.
Last year a patient traveling through India was able to connect with his dermatologist in San Jose. HealthLens offered a prompt response to his concern about a newly developed rash.
The oldest patient treated on HealthLens was 81 years old and she used her iPad to submit the visit without the assistance of anyone. HealthLens saw a number of Medicare patients use the service even though Medicare does not cover store and forward telemedicine....yet. These Medicare patients often cited the convenience of not having to travel to the doctor's office as the main reason for using HealthLens.
The youngest patient treated on HealthLens was 10 years old. This girl, with the help of her mother, was able to submit a virtual office visit to her doctor. HealthLens also connected hundreds of college students with the doctor they grew up visiting.
2016 showed steady growth in both HealthLens and for the telemedicine market. Many HealthLens patients are continuing to use the platform over and over again. 2017 promises even more growth as more people are warming up to the idea of visiting their doctor online.
HealthLens is excited to help facilitate this connectivity with the providers that patients know and trust.