Russian digital house call, telemedicine company Doc+ gets $5M

By Jonah Comstock
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Doc+, a Russian digital health company that combines telemedicine with digital-enabled house calls, has raised $5 million from two existing investors: Yandex, an internet services company, and Baring Vostok venture fund. This is the second round of funding and brings Doc+'s total funding to $10.5 million.

The company's primary business is digital-enabled house calls, similar to US companies like Heal and Pager. The visits are currently available in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, and the company has plans to add a third Russian city soon.

Doc+ has its own staff of 300 doctors including therapists, pediatricians, otolaryngologists, neurologists and nurses. Patients can schedule an appointment either by calling a call center, by going online, or by using the company's mobile app. When they do, the nearest doctor will visit the patient at home. Doctors can offer consultations, sick notes, prescriptions, and a number of diagnostic tests.

Alternately, patients can use a telemedicine option via chat, audio, or visual. The company describes this offering as being in a test phase, but intends to expand the range of telemedicine services soon. 

For both in-person and remote care, a digital record of the patient's visit it stored and accessible to the patient online.

By US standards, Doc+'s telemedicine visits are incredibly inexpensive: $1.80 (100 roubles) for a first visit and $8.80 (499 roubles) for a follow up. The in-person visit is also quite modestly priced at between $21 and $53 (1,200 to 3,000 roubles). There is also a primary care subscription option available for $5.30 (300 roubles) per month. 

Investor Yandex is also partnering with Doc+, launching its own telemedicine service called Yandex.Health with Doc+ as an exclusive partner. Doc+ plans to use the funding to expand its current offerings as well as to develop new digital health services.