Berlin-based Klara has raised $2.5 million from Partech Ventures; Creathor Venture; Stephan Schambach, founder of ecommerce service Demandware; and Heilemann Ventures.
Existing angel investors include Atlantic Labs, 6Wunderkinder CEO Christian Reber, former CEO of Bayer-Dermatology, Marc Lafeuille, and TA Venture.
Klara has developed an app, available on iOS and Android devices, that helps dermatologists communicate with their patients. Patients can send their dermatologist pictures of their skin condition and doctors can then use the app to find a treatment for the patient, follow-up with the patient about their skin problems, and answer their questions. In the most recent app update, Klara added a new messenger features that helps patients view and send messages from their timeline within the app.
The basic app is free for doctors and patients, but if doctors charge patients for visits, an optional feature, Klara takes a commission, Klara Cofounder Simon Lorenz told MobiHealthNews via email.
The service launched in German-speaking markets at the beginning of 2014 and launched in the US later that summer. Klara is currently working with dermatologists in 30 states in the US.
"At the moment, the US is the most attractive market for Klara," Lorenz said in a statement. "Not only because of its size, but also legal and infrastructure conditions as well as the willingness of patients and doctors to try innovative solutions and make them part of their daily lives. These factors will enable us to scale Klara successfully."