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MyHouseCall: Care Where you Live and Work

Improve access to affordable medical care while reducing traffic congestion and reducing the number of parked cars in a metro area.

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MyHouseCall is a platform designed to increase healthcare access while reducing cost ;both are major problems in healthcare today. We provide a solution with streamlined costs due to low overhead (minimal staff and no bricks and mortar). We improve access through a triad of services: 

1) virtual vists 2) house calls and 3) on site employer clinics

By leveraging technology we provide a solution that is conveniently accessible to the end user and cost effective. There are a number of reasons why accessing a provider/clinic is difficult. Here are just a few of the cohorts who can gain relief with our service:

 1) too ill to travel 2) parents with young children 3) employees with a busy schedule 4)non-ambulatory individuals 

Taking time off of work or avoiding social obligations can be very difficult for these individuals. By providing a service that comes to them instead of the antiquated system of wait and travel we increase access and allow for a happier and healthier population. 

MyHouseCall helps avoid the commute and congestion associated with bricks and mortar clinics. The average soft cost savings by avoiding travel and wait in a clinic is $43 which is equivalent to 2 hours of travel and wait time. So each individual trip that is avoided is both an ROI to employees and employers. This keeps employees from having to take PTO and it allows employers to be fully staffed . With a 10 hour clinical day provided by MyHouseCall you can shift 20 people to our service from the old clinical paradigm you get a $860 ($43x20) in soft cost savings per day. That means 20 more cars off the road to reduce congestion, limit greenhouse emissions, and free up parking spots for other commuters. If this occurs at scale in an urban environment then the economic and environmental savings can be dramatic.

Describe who will use your solution (1,000 characters)

You can get sick or injured at the most inopportune time.....this commonly happens when a test is coming up, you need to stay home and catch up on home chores, or you simply need rest and want to avoid the hassle of traveling and waiting for a doctor's appointment. Our system works by having an individual go to our app when feeling ill. We provide a video solution that can manage most patient's ailments. However, if the patient is too ill or needs further in person testing and care they can receive a home visit. A final option is for the patient to be referred to be seen later that week or month at the patient's employers on site clinic. By communicating with the patient from home right when they become ill or injured we can provide the best mobility solution that avoids driving, parking, and waiting at a clinic.

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Pilot - you have implemented your solution in a real-world scenario

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

MyHouseCall consists of 3 co-founders and a group of clinicians. Dr. Stephen Ritz is CEO and helps with business consulting and fundraising. Michael Cole is COO and has helped with daily operations, networking, and fundraising. Eric Cole is lead design and he has helped with all branding and marketing materials. The clinicians provide the medical care and help with getting feedback on the app and the overall MyHouseCall experience. www.myhousecall.net

Size of your team or organization

  • 2-10

Funding Request

  • $75,000

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

We are actually at the cusp of being able to pilot our idea in the Pittsburgh area. We have already started with our first employer group and we have also been having discussions with a large organization of that is a consortium of employers looking to reduce their healthcare spending and increase member access. We would need the funding to improve UI/UX of the app and to retrieve data from the app for members who would gain the most from use of our services. We are well aware that this needs to be a sustainable business model for this to work. We have done modeling for ROI for employers. We have worked with local brokers and the feedback has been positive on our ability to contract with self insured businesses and improve their bottom line. We would contract directly with these businesses on a per employee per month payment schedule. This reduces the cost and inefficiency of insurance claims processing.

Describe how you would measure the success of your pilot (1000 characters)

There would be a number of data points we would measure to deem the pilot a success. First and foremost would be feedback from patients of their overall experience and their medical care received. Secondly we would look to verify we are saving healthcare dollars for the employer. The main goal of the pilot is to decrease the amount of dollars an employer spends on healthcare. The third item we would measure are the soft cost savings of our service. By having a patient be seen at home or their place of work. We would avoid wait and travel time associated with a typical medical visit. This adds up to real cost savings for an employer and employee. We would compile this data and see what information is most relevant to inform us of future features or processes to deploy. We would then allocate our current funds or do future fundraising to implement these feature and processes.

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spectrum our hospital has med now in grand rapids .. think one option is virtual. no one has to travel .

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Ollie Williams  yes Mednow does virtual visits but they dont close the loop on care with in person care and testing. MyHouseCall provides virtual visits PLUS house calls and employer clinics. We are more than just a med service.....we are a care coordination platform that helps deliver the right type of service in the right location.

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