In an effort to provide enhanced services to its members, Teladoc Inc. TDOC, the first and the largest telehealth company in U.S., has entered into a partnership with Analyte Health, Inc.
The partnership also reflects the company’s efforts to grow inorganically. In recent years, the company completed four acquisitions – Stat Health Services Inc, Compile, Inc. “BetterHelp”, AmeriDoc and Consult A Doctor. These purchases have expanded its distribution capabilities and broadened its service offerings. The company is also waiting to close the already announced deal to acquire HealthiestYou, which is expected to give it greater access to the market of small- and medium-sized employers, a segment it sees as underserved.
These acquisitions have also resulted in top-line growth which is also reflected in the company’s share price movement which is better than the Zacks categorized Medical Services industry. In 2016, the company lost 8.13%, which is lower than the sector’s loss of 13.3% during the same time frame. The share price decline was due to investors' weariness over net losses registered by the company. Yet, the stock performed better than the sector. This throws hints of optimism over the stock’s ability to turn to profits very soon.
Coming back, as a result of this partnership, Teladoc will now be able to provide lab diagnostics services through its telehealth platform.
The new service will enable physicians in the Teladoc network, to order lab test required to confirm diagnoses that too with just a click of a button. The process will involve directing members to a convenient specimen collection location. The lab results will be ready within three days. Going ahead, the company plans to speed up these services to produce results on same-day, on-demand mobile experiences.
Apart from providing diagnostic services, Analyte Health will also provide other allied services such as managing logistics like technological infrastructure, billing and customer support.
Teladoc carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). Some other stocks carrying the same rank in the same space are Quintiles IMS Holdings, Inc. Q , INC Research Holdings, Inc. INCR and PRA Health Sciences, Inc. PRAH . You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
Quintiles beat expectations in three out of the last four quarters, with an average beat of 2.57%.
INC Research Holdings beat expectations in three out of the last four quarters, with an average beat of 8.21%.
PRA Health beat expectations in three out of the last four quarters, with an average beat of 7.48%.
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