CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Telehealth platform provider Docity Health is partnering with the City of Chattanooga to leverage the city’s claim as the fastest Internet in the U.S. to provide telehealth services to residents.
Docity Health partners with communities and Internet service providers to add telehealth access to their normal packages. The company currently partners with about 15 cities across the country.
“We’re currently working on building a full telehealth program with the city,” said James Cowan, founder of Docity Health. “Cable access provides a great way to deliver telehealth.”
The city boasts an Internet speed of 1-gigabit-per-second, thanks to a fiber-optic network infrastructure established by the Electric Power Board of Chattanooga that has close to 100,000 subscribers and growing.
A successful pilot in Chattanooga earlier this year put telehealth technology and devices like digital scales and stethoscopes into the homes of seven residents, as well as a group home, testing whether the Internet connection could stand up to the system’s requirements.
Cowan said Docity Health will provide the telehealth platform, which includes on-demand virtual appointments, e-prescriptions and access to medical records, among other features. The EPB will name a local health care provider to be the clinical face of the program and sign up residents. The pricing structure is still being determined, but he said a subscription service will likely be included.
“We’re very interested and committed to participating in this telehealth market,” said Katie Espeseth, vice president of product development at EPB, in a statement. “Having partners that provide innovative products and services is how we plan to maintain our competitive edge in this market.”
Docity Health is currently raising capital and closing on a seed round of funding this month, Cowan said.
“2019 will be a huge growth year for us,” he said. “We’ll be expanding and hope to be in 20 markets by the end of next year.”