SAN FRANCISCO – Following an influx of $6 million in seed funding last year, Carbon Health has begun rolling out its digital health platform, continuing on its quest to be the world’s largest virtual hospital.
The company, which launched in 2016, is currently almost 100% mobile, except for a bricks-and-mortar urgent care clinic that treats patients and showcases its platform.
“We envision a platform that connects patients and physicians as directly as possible,” said Eren Bali, CEO and founder of Carbon Health, on a recent edition of the Digital Health Today podcast. “This platform will have millions of patients and doctors, where care is aggregated and accessible to everybody.”
A big part of the platform is the Doctor app that connects patients with a Carbon Health physician, following a series of automated questions. The platform is fully integrated with pharmacies, labs, insurance providers and specialists, so patients can access their treatment plans, manage prescriptions, see lab results and more all through the app.
The platform is designed to be a one-stop for physicians so they don’t need to think about various additional technologies.
“It’s a mini version of the health care system we want to create,” Bali said. “We want health care to be mobile, to use smartphones to handle every health care interaction.”
Moving forward, the company has set its sights on partnering with small private health practices in California, estimating it could serve more than 100,000 patients that way. Partnerships with hospitals to build new urgent care clinics would be a natural next step, as well as opening the platform up to other specialists and care groups so they can be part of the model the company has built, Bali said.
Carbon Health also plans to integrate into the platform select connected health devices that are FDA-approved and tested in-house to work seamlessly with its technology.
“Connected device use allows consumers to take more ownership of their health and work collaboratively with clinicians for preventive care and health management,” Bali said.