With consolidation and improvedconsumer education, some believe telehealth is about to come intoits own. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Consolidation is sweeping through the telehealth marketplace. Providers of a widerange of virtual services are either acquiring or arebeing acquired. What's unclear is whether this is a sign ofimproving health for the industry, or of its historic inability tomeasure up to expectations that leaves startups vulnerable.

Perhaps it's a bit of both. As majorplayers like Teladoc Health continue to scoop up smaller telehealthfish, the ultimate beneficiaries may be employer-sponsored healthplan members. Integrated telehealth platforms will, in theory,provide easier access to a wider range of telehealthservices and, as a result, lead to increased usage of such benefits.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.