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Telehealth Platform Consolidation Continues with InTouch Purchase of Reach Health

May 1, 2018
by David Raths
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Telehealth vendors merging to offer one-stop shopping for health systems

In the second telehealth vendor consolidation announced this week, InTouch Health announced it has agreed to acquire Reach Health, which provides enterprise telemedicine systems for multiple specialties and settings of care.

Opening up the American Telemedicine Association meeting in Chicago, American Well announced it would purchase Avizia to expand its offerings in acute-care settings.

Similarly, Santa Barbara, Calif.-based InTouch sees the acquisition of Reach making its offerings more comprehensive and appealing to hospitals and health systems that want to integrate telehealth programs across the entire continuum of care.

"Reach Health is a complementary addition to the InTouch Health family with its strong history of delivering high-quality telemedicine solutions," said Joseph DeVivo, InTouch Health CEO, in a prepared statement. "The telehealth industry is fragmented and health systems demand a single telehealth platform that can overcome interoperability challenges, ensure data management continuity, and scale from a single physician office to a multi-hospital enterprise. With InTouch Health, healthcare providers have access to the complete telehealth package for any use case and in any care location. Reach Health fits nicely with InTouch Health's recent open-platform, device-agnostic strategy."

InTouch Health supports more than 2,135 care locations around the world – including many of the top 20 health systems, the company said. In January it agreed to acquire TruClinic, a web-based telemedicine provider based in Salt Lake City specializing in direct-to-consumer virtual care solutions. 

The Reach telehealth system was developed at the Medical College of Georgia to enable MCG stroke specialists to work directly with hospitals and healthcare providers to provide timely stroke care to patients in more rural areas of the state. This system was commercialized when Reach Health was founded and in the past dozen years, has been used by providers in states including Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Mississippi, and South Carolina.

 

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