2020-10-14 08:07

Teladoc Sues Rival Over Hospital Robot Patents bcj世界播



Jason Gorevic is CEO of Teladoc Health, the country’s largest publicly traded telemedicine provider. bcj世界播

Jason Gorevic是Teladoc Health的首席执行官,Teladoc Health是该国最大的上市远程医疗提供商bcj世界播

Teladoc Health Inc., the country’s largest publicly traded telemedicine provider, has sued rival American Well Corp. for alleged patent violations related to technology behind robot-like carts that connect hospitalized patients with specialists in real time via video. bcj世界播

美国最大的上市远程医疗提供商Teladoc Health Inc.起诉竞争对手美国韦尔公司(American Well Corp.),称其侵犯了类似机器人的手推车背后的技术专利,这种手推车通过视频实时连接住院患者和专家。bcj世界播

The patent-infringement suit, filed Monday in a Delaware district court, relates to nine patents Teladoc says it owns. The filing asks for unspecified damages as well as action permanently barring Amwell from the alleged infringement. bcj世界播


The dispute between the two remote-care companies comes as competition intensifies in a corner of the U.S. health-care system that has received a jolt from regulatory changes aimed at easing access to care during the coronavirus pandemic. bcj世界播


A federal action that allowed remote-care visits to be reimbursed by insurers at the same rate as in-person visits drove record numbers of patients to connect with doctors via telehealth services and videoconferencing tools like Zoom. Remote-care visits are now used for primary and urgent care as well as to keep patients with mild Covid-19 cases out of hospitals or monitor those with severe cases who have been discharged and are convalescing at home. bcj世界播


Telehealth boosters say virtual visits, which many patients were slow to adopt before the pandemic, promise to extend the reach of doctors and specialists beyond their physical footprint, which may improve accessibility of care in remote places. bcj世界播


The patents at issue in the Teladoc suit stem from a company called InTouch Technologies Inc. that it agreed to buy in January. Acquiring the remote-care company helped Teladoc build out its ability to connect patients in hospitals with specialists using video screens mounted on carts that can be wheeled around health-care facilities. bcj世界播

Teladoc诉讼中存在争议的专利来自一家名为InTouch Technologies Inc.的公司。它在一月份同意购买。收购这家远程医疗公司帮助Teladoc建立了将医院患者与专家联系起来的能力,使用安装在可以推着医疗设施的手推车上的视频屏幕。bcj世界播

For example, a doctor connected via video through a tablet mounted on a cart could oversee an exam in a hospital room while instructing a nurse or colleague to collect relevant treatment and health data—and also talk to the patient. Some of these robot-like carts include digital stethoscopes and thermal cameras. bcj世界播


Such services offer an opportunity for telehealth companies to forge new relationships with large hospital systems and can help those organizations expand their offerings. bcj世界播


“Our team is in the process of reviewing the allegations. We believe that these claims lack merit and intend to defend against them vigorously,” said an Amwell spokeswoman. bcj世界播


A Teladoc spokesman said the company is confident its rival is infringing on the patents in the lawsuit. bcj世界播


Teladoc facilitated 2.7 million visits in the quarter ended June 30, while Amwell’s platform enabled 2.2 million, according to regulatory filings. Neither company has yet achieved profitability. bcj世界播


Teladoc wrote to Amwell last month notifying the company that some of its products, including telemedicine carts, infringed on its patents and asked the company to immediately stop selling, making and using them. bcj世界播


The patents relate to products that accounted for about 5% of Amwell’s revenue in 2019, the company said at the time. It offers Carepoint kiosks and carts in settings like emergency rooms and health clinics that also connect patients with caregivers. bcj世界播


Teladoc’s shares closed up 6.3% on Tuesday, while Amwell’s shares closed roughly flat. bcj世界播


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