Carbon Health and Color founders see power in bringing healthcare to the edge – ProWellTech
When COVID-19 spread In the United States, the pandemic has exposed two conflicting realities: a health system that excels at complex, high-cost treatments while not providing sufficient access locally.
That lack of access to public health infrastructure could be the country’s biggest challenge. It also created opportunities for healthcare startups, founders of Carbon Health and Color said Monday during ProWellTech Disrupt 2020, which started today.
“When we think about making healthcare accessible, we tend to focus on the cost of care, which is definitely a big deal,” Othman Laraki, founder and CEO of Color, said during the Disrupt panel “Tech, test and treat: Healthcare startups in the COVID-19 era. ” The other great aspect of making healthcare accessible is actually bringing it to people where it is part of their life. I often think of disadvantaged communities, etc. That sometimes the cost of care is less of an issue than access to it. “
Initiation of primary care Carbon Health and Color they are already facing this problem. And in the case of Carbon Health, the company’s business model for bringing high-quality primary care locally has provided early insight into the spread of COVID.
Today Carbon Health has 25 primary care locations. Co-founder and CEO Eren Bali noted that as early as February, the company began seeing patients coming to its clinics directly from Wuhan, China, with COVID-like symptoms.
Carbon Health’s technology platform asks patients questions before their visit, which collects important data and assesses patients’ symptoms and problems in advance. These early insights left Carbon Health with two options: shut down and wait for the COVID storm to pass or jump all in. Carbon Health chose the latter, Bali said.
Comments from Laraki and Bali on Monday during ProWellTech Disrupt match their respective business models and growth trajectory. COVID has simply accelerated this development.
Earlier this week, Carbon Health launched a new pop-up clinic model. These clinics are now open in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. The company will add more in the coming weeks, including a clinic in Detroit. Finally, 100 new COVID-19 testing sites will be added with a collective capacity to handle 100,000 patients per month across the country. Color is partnering with Carbon Health at its San Francisco clinics.
Meanwhile, as the pandemic spread across the United States, Color built a platform to alleviate the logistics and supply chain constraints related to COVID testing. The company, which operates a large automated test lab in the Bay Area, is now processing 75% of the tests in the city.
Today there are still limits to that hyperlocal level of health care. For example, someone who needs surgery has to go to a hospital, which may be hours away.
“It’s not that easy to push it to the limit,” Lariki said, using the example of surgery. “But I think what is happening now – and I think it will happen in the next 10 years – is that we will have truly, truly distributed health care.”
The idea is that technology will allow healthcare to be brought to communities in a more affordable model, which will make it more accessible. “This is something that has never existed in the United States so far and I think it is really starting to happen and it’s basically a technological problem,” added Lariki.