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Teladoc wins on Amazon Alexa connection announcement

By Sam Boughedda — Teladoc Inc (NYSE:) jumped more than 6% on Monday, following the company’s teaming up with Amazon (NASDAQ:) to launch Teladoc on Alexa.

The link will see Amazon Alexa launch voice-activated general medical virtual care on supported Echo devices, such as an Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Show. Customers in the United States will be able to connect with a Teladoc healthcare provider from supported Echo devices for general medical needs.

The companies said Teladoc on Alexa will initially launch via audio, with video viewing coming soon after.

Providing an example of how the service works, Teladoc said customers can say “Alexa, I want to talk to a doctor” on their Echo device, and they will then receive a reminder on their Echo devices from a Teladoc doctor.

The cost per visit will be as low as $0 per visit with insurance or $75 without insurance.

“Teladoc Health’s collaboration with Amazon is another step in breaking down barriers to healthcare access,” said Donna Boyer, Chief Product Officer, Teladoc Health. “By introducing and integrating our first virtual care experience with Echo devices, we are giving users an innovative and convenient way to connect with a doctor.”