The news: Runway, a new direct-to-consumer (D2C) travel telehealth provider, offers affordable and easy-to-access telehealth consultations and medication for travelers.
Here’s how it works: Runway connects travelers, travel suppliers, and tourism boards with licensed physicians via chat who prescribe solutions for common travel ailments, such as diarrhea, motion sickness, and altitude sickness.
Why it’s worth watching: Runway is the first to market with a D2C travel-focused telehealth solution combining realtime medical consultation via chat, web-based self-assessments, and prescription delivery services.
What’s the catch? Runway's travel telehealth solution is specifically designed for the most common travel ailments and treatments, which means it may not be suited for broader medical needs.
Runway’s platform is also preventative. Travelers have to expect what their ailments may be ahead of traveling, which might not be as effective during emergency or unexpected travel health needs. These limitations could spur copycats to offer more comprehensive competing platforms.