First Stop Health raises $6.5M for growth

The latest funding round was led by Morningstar CEO Joe Mansueto and bswift CEO Rich Gallun.
By Laura Lovett
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Chicago-based remote virtual care company First Stop Health announced Friday a $6.5 million funding round led by Morningstar founder and CEO Joe Mansueto as well as Rich Gallun, cofounder and CEO of bswift. First Stop Health’s cofounders Patrick Spain and Dr. Mark Friedman also contributed to the latest funding round. 

What they do

First Stop Health is a virtual care provider that targets the employer marketplace, and aims to help employers save money. 

The company said the service could be used for at-home care or when people are traveling and forget their medication. The service caters to both children and adults. Users can access the services on a desktop, tablet or smartphone. The services are geared towards non-emergent situations that would otherwise be seen by a primary care doctor or an urgent care doctor. 

Since the company was founded in 2011, it has raised a grand total of $14.2 million. 

What it’s for

The company said it will use the latest funding to grow the services. 

"With rapid annual revenue growth, this investment capital allows us to further our vision of transforming the patient healthcare experience,” Spain said in a statement. “Our clients embrace our service model, which gives members a simple, frictionless experience to access care within minutes of when they need it.”

Market snapshot 

Telemedicine is one of the best known uses of digital health. However, to date only Teladoc has gone public in the Western markets. Over the years the industry has seen healthcare payers start making deals with telehealth companies to offer the services to its members. Last year mobile analytics firm App Annie released a list of the most frequently downloaded apps which included American Well, Doctor on Demand, Teladoc, MDLive and HealthTap. 

On the record 

“We make requesting a virtual visit with a doctor easy because we’ve simplified the process,” Friedman said in a statement. “We deliver a service that people actually use without the typical, lengthy intake process. This unique member experience is a big part of what sets us apart.”