Press Release | Jan 22, 2019
98point6 Now Available Nationwide
SEATTLE – January 22 – 98point6, an on-demand primary care service that delivers personalized consultation, diagnosis and treatment to patients across the country, today announced nationwide availability of its on-demand primary care platform, bringing primary care to patients across the country.
Anyone 18 years and older—whether they have health insurance or not—can download the 98point6 app and subscribe to a Personal Plan for an introductory rate of $20 per year. That covers all the primary care visits you need, all year long, for one flat fee.
“Today marks a significant milestone for 98point6. We believe in the critical importance of primary care and its role in improving the quality of life for individuals, communities and the world. Our mission is to make primary care accessible and affordable to as many people as possible and we’re excited our service is now available nationwide,” said Robbie Cape, CEO and co-founder of 98point6.
98point6 leverages machine learning and automation, helping doctors optimize and complete tasks that don’t require direct physician interaction. Rather than having doctors ask administrative questions, gather patient history or chart information, 98point6’s AI technology does it for them.
For more information, please visit www.98point6.com.
Founded in 2015 and headquartered in Seattle, 98point6 is pioneering a new approach to primary care. By pairing deep technology with board-certified physicians, our vision is to make primary care more accessible and affordable—leading to better health and reducing the cost of care. We meet consumers where they are by offering private, text-based diagnosis and treatment via a mobile app. For employers, 98point6 increases primary care utilization among those not actively or appropriately engaged in their health—enabling earlier medical intervention and improving employee productivity. 98point6 is available on the Apple App Store, Google Play and at www.98point6.com.
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One example is the 98point6 assistant, essentially a bot, that conducts about half of the initial interview with the patient and presents that information to the doctor (Cape expects that percentage to increase over time, as the technology gets smarter). 98point6 is also pushing to get companies to cover the service.
- 98point6 is an under-the-radar company with an ambitious goal to improve access to primary care in America.
- Its founder hails from Microsoft, and its chief product officer is the former vice president in charge of scaling Amazon Prime from tens of thousands to millions of people.
- It is backed by private investors ranging from BlackRock’s Larry Fink to ex-Goldman Sachs CFO David Viniar.
Other start-ups are trying to increase access to primary care by experimenting with virtual-only approaches, such as smartphone apps to connect doctors and patients, like Doctor on Demand or AmericanWell. In general, insurance pays for these services, or they charge patients a fee of $40 to $50 per visit. But 98point6 believes it’s onto something different by blending these two worlds, and leveraging technology to bring down the price. It now offers a messaging service for patients and doctors to connect at an introductory price of $20 a year with no additional fees for a visit (after the first year, it costs $120). The subscription model can also help patient health by supporting an ongoing relationship between doctor and patient, Cape believes. “Our hope is that will engage with our users literally every month about something related to their health,” he said. Apart from the price tag, the big draw for consumers is the ability to message a doctor at any time, Cape believes. As more consumers start to use it, that will cut down on the administrative work that is “burning out” doctors, potentially turning them into advocates for the product.
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