CVS to offer nationwide telemedicine service through smartphone video

CVS Health plans to offer MinuteClinic video visits available nationwide through the CVS Pharmacy smartphone app and via a partnership with Teladoc. According to the company, the service will be available for conditions such as colds and influenza, skin issues, and general wellness matters. The $59 service can be paid for by debit or credit card.

CVS Health plans to offer MinuteClinic video visits available nationwide through the CVS Pharmacy smartphone app and via a partnership with Teladoc. According to the company, the service will be available for conditions such as colds and influenza, skin issues, and general wellness matters. The $59 service can be paid for by debit or credit card. "At CVS Health, we're committed to delivering high-quality care when and where our patients need it and at prices they can afford," CVS Health Chief Medical Officer Troyen Brennan said. "Through this new telehealth offering, patients now have an additional option for seeking care that is even more convenient for them." The company explained that after filling out a questionnaire, each patient will be given "a board-certified health care provider licensed in their state, who will review the completed questionnaire with the patient's medical history, and proceed with the video-enabled visit." The service will be initially offered in nine states and Washington, DC, but it will be available nationwide by the end of the year, "where allowed," CVS noted.