Uptick in virtual care spurs flurry of M&A activity – with Julian Flannery
Providers quickly adopted virtual care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Virtual specialist care company Summus Global saw the utilization rate of its platform jump by 3.1 times between January 2020 and January 2021, with membership growing more than 1,000%.
CEO and founder Julian Flannery tells Healthcare Finance News Executive Editor Susan Morse he does not see virtual use declining to pre-pandemic numbers.
Spurred by the growth, seasoned players joined emerging startups in the M&A virtual care space. Oak Street Health acquired RubiconMD for $130 million; MDLive launched a remote patient monitoring program for virtual chronic care management; and One Medical and Humana introduced their own virtual chronic care offerings. Flannery believes these acquisitions will continue.
- Summus Global has raised over $40 million in the last 12 months
- Summus sells to both employers and large health systems
- Patients are set up with consultations within a network of more than 4,000 specialists across 48 hospitals
- Over 80% of consumers say they will use virtual care, post COVID-19
- Over 75% of doctors say they will continue to use virtual care
- The U.S. physician shortage will play a role in the growth of virtual visits
- Virtual care is evolving rapidly to more tailored care
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