There was a popular concept in the venture world about five years ago – ‘uber for doctors on house calls.’ The patient taps a button, the good doctor rushes to the rescue. It worked just as good as a taxi in the presentations. In real life, the model didn’t take off. For example, the American Heal remained a fairly minor service.
DispatchHealth, the American startup of the day, slightly altered its predecessors’ thesis and already considerably superseded them by scale. It does practically the same but it sends out nurses instead of doctors. The prime cost of such a call will naturally be many-fold lower, and the efficiency with the majority of diagnoses is exactly the same. If a necessity arises after all, the nurse makes a video call from the patient’s home to the doctor’s office – but the doctor spends five minutes on the conversation instead of one hour on the road.
As already spoilered, such an approach works much better – at least, from the investors’ point of view. DispatchHealth brought in USD 330M in its recent round. They don’t share their valuation, but one year ago the startup was worth USD 1.5B.
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Alexander made his career in Russian internet companies including Mail.Ru, Rambler, RBC. From 2016 to 2018 he was Chief Strategy and Analytics officer in Mail.Ru Group. In this position, he worked on M&A, investments, and new project launches. In 2018 he became Deputy CEO in Citymobil, a Russian Uber-like company that was invested by Mail.Ru Group and Sberbank (the biggest Russian bank), then he left the company to launch his own projects. Now Alexander is a co-founder of United Investors – the platform for co-investments in Russian early-stage startups. His blog #startupoftheday (#стартапдня) is one of the most popular blogs about startups in Russia.