Pager raises $5.2M for its app-based house call service; eyes health plan customers

By Heather Mack
01:42 pm
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New York City-based Pager, which offers an app for telemedicine and in-person house call services around the city, has raised $5.2 million, according to an SEC filing. The news was first spotted by MedCity News, which also reported that Pager will be focusing on adding payers to its customer base. The funding will be used to expand the company’s offerings outside of New York City as well as fund development of AI and bot technology.

This brings the company’s total funding to nearly $30 million. MobiHealthNews last reported that Pager was at $24 million in 2015. The investors for this round were undisclosed, but the company has previously attracted investments from New Enterprise Associates, Sound Ventures (founded by actor Ashton Kutcher), Goodwater Capital, Lux Capital and Montage Ventures.

Pager launched in May 2014 and has billed itself as an “Uber for doctors,” where consumers can schedule an appointment with a doctor who can meet them at their home, office or hotel room. Urgent care visits are $150, and $200 for each visit after that. The interaction starts with a free nurse chat in the app, and if a condition ends up being treatable over the phone, consumers are charged a flat rate of $50.

Pager physicians can provide on-site testing, treatment, surgical sutures and first-dosage of most prescriptions. Lab tests, X-rays and a full physical examination are not included. For $100, consumers can order a physician separately, and these services include screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose, plus any necessary paperwork for office, school or camp approval.

Previously, the company has indicated that it plans to expand into San Francisco and Los Angeles. In June, Pager entered a partnership with Weill Cornell Medicine. The collaboration gives Pager’s users access to primary care doctors and specialists within the system. Virtual consults are reimbursable through plans, but the house calls remain the responsibility of the consumer. 

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