startups · Clock6 min · 03 Feb 2021

Top 10 Telehealth Apps of 2021

Anastasiya Grinevitch

Anastasiya Grinevitch

Marketing Manager

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Illustration by Amir Kerr

Rapid technological advancements, smartphones, and the Internet have changed the way people interact with healthcare services. Telehealth has already passed the initial stage of evolution and entered the active development phase. Currently, the global telehealth and telemedicine market is expected to grow 37.7% annually until 2025, when it is estimated to exceed $191 billion in market value.

The projected market increase is driven by several factors, with COVID-19 having a significant influence. The pandemic has accelerated technology adoption, and as stated by AppAnnie, the demand for telehealth apps increased by 65% during this time. 

Seemingly, the lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic has only boosted this industry’s established trends, given that telehealth services were increasing before the pandemic. The main drivers of this market’s growth include:

  1. The population constantly rising
  2. The necessity to expand healthcare access to remote areas
  3. The increasing number of chronic diseases
  4. An insufficient number of doctors
  5. Technological advancements 
  6. Rising adoption of telecommunications 

With all the above factors in mind, it’s no surprise that more and more telemedicine apps are appearing. Having extensive expertise and experience in the mobile app development field, we have reviewed the best medical apps in 2021.

Related: How to Develop a Telemedicine App: Trends, Features and Costs

Telehealth by SimplePractice

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Telehealth complements simplepractice.com by offering HIPAA-compliant video appointments and allowing therapists to connect with clients on-the-go. Telehealth by SimplePractice provides the following capabilities: 

  • Video conferencing
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Secure chatting 
  • Document management 
  • Billing
  • File sharing
  • Access to a library of diagnosis and treatment plans 

Initially, the platform was launched in 2018 by CEO Howard Spector, who always tried to identify and cover gaps in therapists’ work. The Telehealth app prospered, especially during the coronavirus pandemic, where it saw a significant spike in new users in March 2020. The app also saw a rise in the number of minutes users spent on Telehealth, increasing from five million in January 2020 to 144 million in April 2020. 

Pricing: 

  • For providers: Telehealth offers a 30-day free trial. Rates start at $39/month for solo practitioners and $98/month for group practices of two or more clinicians
  • For patients: Rates depend on the patient’s provider

App Store | Google Play

Healow

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Healow was launched in June 2017 by eClinicalWorks. The telemedicine app offers more than just a vast range of specialized doctors. The app’s main features are:

  • Online appointments
  • On-demand video/audio calls
  • Activity tracking and health data collection
  • Ability to access, store, and update personal medical records
  • Ability to share accounts with family members

The platform currently offers its users more than 100,000 providers to choose from that provide service in over 50,000 locations across the US. Healow’s features and accessibility likely are why the application is among the top medical apps on the current market.

Pricing: 

  • For providers: Healow offers two payment models where rates start at $50 for 250 minutes/month or $2/televisit
  • For patients: Rates depend on the patient’s provider

App Store | Google Play

Teladoc

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Teladoc has acquired twelve organizations since 2008 and specializes in a wide variety of spheres from routine care and mental health to dermatology, nutrition, caregiving, and more. The Teladoc app’s functionality revolves around connecting its users with specialists to receive care by offering the following features:

  • ePrescriptions
  • Video conferencing
  • Billing 
  • Integration with Apple’s HealthKit 

Teladoc has been among leaders in the industry before COVID-19 shook the world. In particular, the app has hosted 15 million virtual visits since 2005, which is among the highest telehealth appointment volumes in the industry. 

At the beginning of March 2020, the app saw a 50% increase in daily virtual medical visits around the US. The company acknowledged the revenue growth by 79% YoY for the first three quarters of 2020. The total revenue for 2020 is expected to range between $1,005-$1,015 million.

Pricing for patients: Everyday care starts at $49/visit. Rates vary and are determined by the patient’s insurance plan.

App Store | Google Play

Sydney Care

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The Sydney Care app was launched in 2019 and offers the following features:

  • Chat
  • Video conferencing
  • ePrescriptions
  • OTC recommendations
  • AI-based recovery time estimator
  • AI-based symptom checker

The application strives to adhere to a customer-first policy by satisfying current consumer needs. In particular, Sydney Care quickly adapted the symptom analyzer when COVID-19 hit to offer companies daily “COVID-19 Check-Ins,” a survey feature that assesses their employee’s health status. Moreover, this app facilitates users to find COVID-19 testing locations.

Pricing for patients: The standard rate for a virtual text visit is $19, and a virtual video visit costs $59. Pricing may vary depending on the user’s insurance coverage.

App Store | Google Play

Doximity

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Doximity is an app that has been in the market since 2011 and has established a vast community of professionals: among their healthcare providers, 75% of doctors and 45% of nurse practitioners and physician assistants have been verified by the platform. The app’s features include:

  • Secured voice and video calls 
  • Customized caller ID
  • One-click calls where patients can join a call by clicking a link sent via text
  • A tailored newsfeed
  • Seamless in-app faxing
  • User-friendly clinicians’ search 

Doximity was popular even before the pandemic, with around a million calls a month. During the pandemic, the same number of calls were received daily. 

Pricing:

  • For providers: Free for physicians, allied health professionals, and medical students; for individual clinicians and small practices, rates start at $19.99/month 
  • For patients: Rates depend on the patient’s provider

App Store | Google Play

MDLIVE

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Fifteen years of service have made MDLIVE one of the best telemedicine apps available. The platform offers access to board-certified physicians in three key areas - behavioral health, primary care, and dermatology. MDLIVE’s functionality includes:

  • Appointments scheduling
  • Video conferencing
  • Physician directories
  • ePrescriptions
  • Billing

Although MDLIVE has been steadily increasing the number of visits by over 45% annually since 2015, it has seen a significant spike in activity in 2020. In particular, the scope of online visits has risen by more than 95%, and the rate of total bookings has increased by more than 300% in the first half of 2020. 

Pricing for patients: Medical consultations can cost up to $284/visit and depend on insurance.

App Store | Google Play

Talkspace

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Talkspace is a telehealth service that specializes in mental health care and offers the following capabilities:

  • Chat
  • Video and voice calls
  • User-friendly therapists’ search
  • AI-based assessments
  • Billing
  • ePrescriptions

The application has accumulated more than one million users since 2012. During the pandemic, the number of visitors increased; in particular, since mid-March 2020, Talkspace has seen its traffic double.

Pricing for patients: Subscriptions start at $65/week

App Store | Google Play

Doctor On Demand

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Founded in 2013, Doctor On Demand offers a wide variety of virtual healthcare services, including urgent care, behavioral health care, preventive health care, and chronic care. The platform provides:

  • Video-conferencing
  • Integration with Apple’s HealthKit
  • ePrescriptions and eNotes
  • Access to patients’ medical history
  • Medical data sharing 

The company has seen more traffic due to the pandemic, and its number of appointments exceeded three million as of the first half of 2020. Further, Doctor On Demand estimates that their primary care services generated most of their revenue in 2020. 

Pricing for patients: For therapy appointments, rates start at $129/session; for psychiatry appointments, rates start at $299/session.

App Store | Google Play

LiveHealth Online Mobile

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This telemedicine solution has been operating for seven years and specializes in the following categories - medical, allergy, psychology, and psychiatry. LiveHealth Online Mobile provides the following features: 

  • User-friendly doctor’s search
  • Ranking system for healthcare specialists 
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Secured video calls
  • Physiatrician’s directories
  • ePrescriptions

LiveHealth Online Mobile is a complement to a telemedicine platform. The company is considered to be among the best telemedicine providers on the market. As for Q1 2020, the app was among the US top 10 telehealth apps by Quarter on Quarter (QoQ) growth in downloads.

Pricing for patients: Varies according to the patient’s health plan, starting at $59/visit without insurance.

App Store | Google Play

Amwell: Doctor Visits 24/7

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This app offers users expertise in urgent care, therapy, psychiatry, nutrition, and lactation consulting as well as the following features:

  • In-app specialist search that includes specified individual rates and experience 
  • Scheduling
  • ePrescriptions
  • Video conferencing
  • Billing
  • Physician directories and recommendations
  • Integration with Apple’s HealthKit

Amwell: Doctor Visits 24/7 is the first telehealth service granted accreditation from the American Telemedicine Association. This app has seen an increase in the volume of visits by 200% during the pandemic.

Pricing for patients: Rates start at $69/visit.

App Store | Google Play

Wrapping up

These solutions are great examples of doctor apps to follow if you want to enter the telemedicine app market. At Orangesoft, we are eager to help you conquer the industry by sharing our expertise and knowledge in the field of telehealth app development. Feel free to contact us for more information.

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