Remote workers still face the challenges inherent in shifts, moves and micro-adjustments. Mobile work is a part of this. Remote workers are constantly processing the data they’re receiving. Many “cloud” systems — like Wix or UEM — automatically juggle the demands of those workers and process the data accordingly. Virtual health visits or digital diagnostic tools are increasingly common. But some things do not change and few systems are built around “remote work” as heavily as the EHR, according to Trey Lyles, CEO of HealthTap, a site connecting those who want to learn more about medical issues with those who can diagnose them.
We first started HealthTap in 2009, a little more than a year after Cerner took over care of health information, according to Lyles. At the time, there were no tools that provided simple access to information on doctors, with the ability to do more than a quick Google search. Hospitals like Dartmouth and Mayo Clinic were both hosting well-equipped websites, but outside of those few places, asking questions about specialists or even ordering an MRI was often not possible for the average consumer.
Today, HealthTap does not bill itself as a health site but a recommendation platform, where users can not only find a doctor who can cure them, but also a dental dentist, a masseuse or a bartender. They can request a question and get answers. Lyles says that HealthTap is poised to hit 300 million actions within the next year, in part due to the surging number of people using the HealthTap app. Lyles declined to provide exact revenue numbers, but said that HealthTap was growing as fast as 170 percent annually. It takes in around $10 million in revenue a year, he said.
There are so many questions to answer in health, that some entrepreneurs are spending the money needed to build out the answers. Dr. Byron Sheehan, a oncologist who made a Forbes list of highest-paid physicians. Sheehan founded V-Send, a digital record manager software provider. The company’s $2.5 million round of funding was announced on Wednesday. The list also includes former Disney executive Brad Jarvis, who has invested in Pinterest, Vivint, and Box. Mechbone Tirtz said he also began his venture capital practice in 2012 with the impetus to make money for the family of his late father-in-law. Mechbone has had tremendous success in the past, securing investments in Airbnb, Flipboard, Cloudera, and others.
Khan Academy received $150 million in investment last month. While Khan Academy’s videos have been available through schools and public computers for a while, the celebrity backing has helped attract even more public attention. With more support, Amanchandani says she hopes to reach a new generation of curious, mobile workers.