In Pictures: 5 telemedicine startups that bring healthcare to you

Telemedicine is bringing the doctor's house call into the 21st century with on-demand visits to your physician using your smartphone, tablet or laptop. Here are five telemedicine companies that are shaking up healthcare in big ways.

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BreakThrough Telemedicine isn’t focused only on aches and pains or the common cold, it’s also targeting mental health. BreakThrough offers online therapy in an attempt to make it easier for patients to get access to mental health providers. It can be difficult to fit in a therapy appointment among a busy schedule, so bringing the experience online helps patients get access to therapy when it works for them. Patients can meet with a therapist at virtually anytime, including nights and weekends, when most traditional therapists aren’t available for an in-person appointment.

If you’re weary about virtual therapy, BreakThrough offers some impressive stats: 86 percent of patients come back after their first session and studies have shown online counseling is just as beneficial as in-person sessions. BreakThrough opens up a world of therapists, rather than limiting you to local providers and there is a good chance that your insurance will cover it.

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