The Doctor Will See You Right Now: 98point6 Introduces On-Demand Primary Care with Digital Platform Launch
It’s been a big year in Seattle tech so far, with a fresh crop of startups leveraging artificial intelligence, big data, breakthrough security strategies and more to transform industries of all stripes. Seattle has always been a hub for medicine, and healthcare startups are well represented here.
In 15 of the largest U.S. cities, patients waited an average of 24 days to schedule an appointment with their physician — a wait they could skip if they opted for virtual visits and telehealth, according to CNBC.
If you need to see a doctor, you’d better plan ahead. A 2017 survey found 24 days was the average wait time in 15 of the largest cities to schedule a physician appointment.The long waits are a result of a growing shortage of primary care physicians, along with an aging population requiring more health care.
98point6 CEO Robbie Cape sits down with “On the Money” to discuss on-demand primary care, and how 98point6 is delivering high-quality care at an affordable cost.
Seattle-based health care technology company 98point6 has introduced a mobile app, based on a machine-learning program, to 11 states including New Jersey.
After three years of R&D and a year of beta, 98point6 has announced the launch of its on-demand primary care service to deliver personalized consultation, diagnosis and treatment to patients across the country. The on-demand primary care platform combines innovative AI technology with board-certified physicians to deliver affordable and high-quality care right to a patient’s smartphone.
Artificial intelligence is only getting more powerful. Today, we’re able to build computer programs that can master complex strategy games and even hold natural-feeling conversations.
In mid-April I decided to do something I hadn’t done in years: see a doctor. My cough had gotten so bad that I couldn’t avoid it any longer. After work, I walked into my local urgent care center for the first time and filled out some paperwork.
Imagine you have a minor health problem — say, an earache. Then imagine you open an app, message a doctor and have a prescription to treat it delivered to your local pharmacy in minutes. Sound like a fantasy?
Getting a prescription for antibiotics or cold medicine could be just a few text messages away, if Seattle startup 98point6 has anything to say about it. The company announced Tuesday it is expanding its virtual primary care service to adults nationwide this year, after testing in Washington state for the past year.
About seven months after Seattle startup 98point6 finally announced what it was up to, it is launching its digital primary care service nationally. “Ultimately, we are setting out to solve the major primary care crisis in the United States,” founder and CEO Robbie Cape said. “What we’ve done is married the highest quality medicine with deep technology investments in order to deliver the highest quality, most accessible primary care.”