San Francisco-based FirstLine Medical has launched its doctor consultation service, called FirstLine, available via iPhone app. The offering allows patients to call, text, or video chat with a doctor, similar to other doctor consultation offerings, but FirstLine goes one step further — if users choose, they can also request a doctor to make an in-person visit to their home or office.
FirstLine is backed by e.ventures and Great Oaks Venture Capital.
The app launched a beta in late 2014. FirstLine CEO Bryan O’Connell told MobiHealthNews that already the app has more than 20,000 users.
O’Connell said he wants the app to eliminate waiting rooms and added that for some patients, it could even take the place of a primary care doctor.
“We have two user groups,” O’Connell explained. “One is generally aged 18 to 27, doesn’t have a primary care doc, might have an OBGYN if she’s female, but doesn’t have a primary care doc. We can absolutely be the full replacement. We can do labs, we can do referrals, we can do whatever you need. And then our next major group is moms and families aged 28 to 35 or 40. And those guys really just value the convenience and will probably have [the service] in addition to the regular primary care doc. The mom doesn’t want to drag two kids down to the waiting room. So for some people its supplemental and for some it can be a total replacement.”
Labs that doctors can take when they visit the patient include blood work, urine analysis, and swabs. Keep reading>>