PediaQ raises $1.2M for app-powered pediatric house call service

By Aditi Pai
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PediaQPediaQ, an app-based pediatric house call service, has raised $1.2 million in a round led by Bill Miller, a healthcare industry advisor at KKR Advisors, with participation from Jack Furst, of Oak Street Investors & HM Capital, and Gary Gerlacher, founder of Acute Kids Pediatric Urgent Care. This brings the company’s total funding to $2.1 million.

PediaQ allows users to call pediatric nurse practitioners to a patient's home for urgent care-related visits via a smartphone app. Parents are first asked to confirm their location and provide information about the sick child, and then they can view ratings and reviews of the nurse practitioner that is visiting.

The company explains that while a typical office visit lasts 10 to 12 minutes, PediaQ's nurse practitioners spend a minimum of 30 minutes with the patient. The company says the visiting nurse practitioner is able to send the child’s urgent care visit information to their primary pediatrician too. 

The service is available on weekdays from 4 pm to 12 am and on weekends from 8 am to 12 am. A visit before 10 pm costs $150, while a visit after 10 pm costs $250. There are also additional fees that a patient might encounter. If parents want to add an extra child to the visit, it costs an extra $50. On-site tests cost $25, lab work costs $50, injections cost $40, prescription pickup costs $35, and requesting a nurse practioner on a national holiday costs an extra $50.

So far, the service is available in Dallas, Plano, Frisco, and Southlake, which are all in Texas.

PediaQ is the sixth doctor house call service to make news this year, though most of the other offerings are focused on the general population, not just pediatrics.

Just in the past month, mobile house call service Dispatch Health announced that it was adding an iOS app to its offering. It currently provides its service through local municipal services providers. Another house call service, Heal, just announced that it is now in-network with Anthem Blue Cross of California.

In October, MedZed raised $3.2 million for its doctor house call service that allows providers to remotely connect with their patients with the help of a caregiver and FRND, a house call service that sends a registered nurse, not a doctor to meet with the patient, launched its offering in New York City.

And earlier this summer, in July, Pager raised $14 million from New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and Sound Ventures, which was founded by actor Ashton Kutcher. The company has raised a total of $24 million to date.