Virtudent and Guardian Life announce teledentistry partnership
Virtudent, a provider of teledentistry services, and Guardian Life have announced a partnership to provide teledentistry services to Guardian members nationwide.
Approximately 7 million Guardian PPO members will now have access to 24/7 teledentistry services through the co-branded teledentistry solution. The teledentistry service provides members with a virtual option to help with dental issues, such as diagnose an emergency, prescribe necessary antibiotics, and find the best care option for other dental issues.
Founded in 2014 and headquartered in Boston, Virtudent provides preventive dental care and care coordination through teledentistry services, on-site services and virtual support. Since its founding, it has been available to over 1 million individuals in 15 states and has care coordinated 10,000+ patients. It raised ~$10 million in funding.
“Our goal with this partnership is to provide an efficient and effective way for patients to access a dental support team at their fingertips. Guardian Teledentistry will engage patients who do not have a dentist available in virtual dental consultations, which is especially important during COVID. The Virtudent support team will triage to the appropriate dentist or dental specialist without the member struggling on their own and lacking the appropriate continuum of care.” – Virtudent CEO, John Voith.
“This partnership with Virtudent reinforces our commitment to delivering affordable, flexible dental benefits that meet the evolving needs of our members. Our research shows members are more likely to use teledentistry if it’s covered by their dental provider. As a result, we are making it a priority to raise awareness for this new service with the goal of providing a safe method for members who need immediate access to high quality dental care.” – Guardian Life Chief Dental Officer, Dr. Randi S. Tillman.