Several new innovative and internet-linked services are emerging every day.
Several years ago, Amazon was selling books online, then it became a one-stop shop for many other things; Google expanded its traditional search engine business into a variety of other activities; Apple as well as other mobile phone producers launched smartphones only few years ago.., we can go on forever with examples.
Healthcare is one of the last area reached by digitalization. But the trend is now more than settled.
Recently a new startup named Pager raised USD 14 million for making your medical appointments instant and for a flat fee during extended hours (from 8:00am to 10:00pm).
A Forbes article drew some parallel with Uber for taxi ordering: “The service finds and verifies doctors for its network and bills you automatically over a linked credit card”. However the CEO, Gaspard de Dreuzy, compared the company with Amazon instead: “Pager is focused on delivering a broader range of care options on demand than exist today. It could be a tele-consult via phone or messaging, or an in-person visit in the home, or a referral to the right specialist. We like to think of ourselves as the Amazon for healthcare.”
The service is only currently available in New York, but the company will soon expand its operations with the funds raised.
Below an pic from WSJ (see the related article in the Additional material section):
Startups Vie to Build an Uber for Health Care – WSJ – August 2015
The Best Digital Business Models Put Evolution Before Revolution – Harvard Business Review – January 2015
There’s Now A Seamless For When You’re Feeling Sick – Huffington Post – December 2014
9 Healthcare Tech Startups To Watch – InformationWeek Healthcare – December 2014