STAT+: Teladoc’s earnings point to potential threats to the telehealth industry

As economic troubles loom, analysts warn employee benefits managers may be slower to adopt new contracts with telehealth companies.

Telehealth giant Teladoc is bracing for disappointing earnings this year as it faces headwinds that could also thwart competitors struggling to turn a profit — including increasingly frugal employers delaying or dropping contracts for virtual care.

“The challenge that we’re seeing is in these times of economic uncertainty, all purchases are just getting a significantly higher level of scrutiny,” CEO Jason Gorevic said in an earnings call Wednesday.

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