Alumni develop app to increase access, convenience of medical care

first_imgTwo USC alumni developed the app Heal with the intent of making health care more convenient.Launched in 2014, Heal was founded by Renee Dua and Greg Drobnick. Their goal was to utilize locational technology to deliver medical specialists to customers.Urgently caring · Renee Dua (right), founder of Heal, thought of the app after her son had to wait eight hours before being attended to. | Photo courtesy of Alexandra TroyDua, the chief medical officer at Heal, participated in a fellowship at USC in 2003, with a focus on nephrology, the study of kidneys and hypertension. She also co-founded the application with her husband, and Drobnick, a USC graduate, later joined Heal as its external vice president of strategic initiatives.As former students, the two recognized the lack of access to medical resources for students, and Dua aimed to set Heal apart from other medical options through availability and convenience in its services.“Student health services [aren’t] necessarily open on nights or weekends [at suitable hours],” Dua said. “[Heal is] open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.”Currently available in populated areas of California, including Los Angeles County, Long Beach, Orange County, San Diego and the San Francisco Bay Area, Heal was envisioned to be a new system for health care, Dua said, with doctors available 365 days a year.“It is the house call,” Dua said. “A patient can use an app to schedule a visit with a doctor as his or her personal location. It’s an essential change in the delivery of health care. Usually, you need to go to the doctor. What we’re doing is making that different. The doctor comes to you.”The original idea behind Heal came from Dua, after she experienced a scare with her son’s pediatrician, who told her to rush her toddler to the emergency room after he developed a rash. Dua was told her son would be fine,  but only after an eight-hour wait.The increasing wait times to see doctors, Drobnick said, creates a need for services like Heal. Doctor wait times in 15 metropolitan markets are an average of 24 days in length, a 30 percent increase from 2014, according to a study by Merritt Hawkins.“At the push of a button, you can have an excellent doctor at your dorm, your sorority or fraternity house, your apartment — wherever it is you are,” Drobnick said. “Our promise to students is that we will arrive in under two hours.” As goods and services are increasingly delivered, Drobnick recognized Heal as an innovative use of technology in a field that desperately needs it. “We set out to create a service that would help streamline a lot and use great technologies … to make that process of seeing a doctor easier,” Drobnick said. Drobnick also highlighted the utility of Heal for out-of-state or international students.“The most important thing is that [students] need access to health care just like everybody else does, and you can use [Heal] to see a doctor for almost any reason, [except emergencies],” Dua said.last_img read more

Fast growth Nektan reviews US investment options

first_img StumbleUpon Submit Nektan offloads white-label B2C unit to Active Win Group January 8, 2020 Share Related Articles Transformed Nektan eyes ‘break even’ comeback April 1, 2020 Share FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Gary Shaw – NektanLondon AIM-listed platform and gaming content provider Nektan Plc reports a ‘stronger than expected’ opening for its 2019/2020 trading.Publishing its Q1 2019/20 accounts (period ending 30 September 2018), Nektan reports record net-gaming-revenues (NGR) of £6.4 million up 64% on Q1 2018’s £3.9 million.Updating the market Gary Shaw, Interim Chief Executive Officer of Nektan, said:“Q1 FY19 has been very strong and we have seen accelerating growth momentum across all business lines.  We are on course to be EBITDA positive in Europe by the end of this financial year.  Since becoming a public company in 2014, Nektan has seen only one quarter-on-quarter decline in revenue, which was during this usually quieter period of activity in the same period last year, so we are very encouraged to see such a positive quarter and expect this success to continue.”The AIM enterprise continues to strengthen its games distribution channel, which during the quarter delivered gaming content to 143 casino brands worldwide.Furthermore, Nektan governance highlights the ‘growth momentum’ of its B2B ‘Evolve Platform’ which now services 14 deals globally, detailing sustained double-digit growth for its Tyche Digital partnership.“Given the past few quarters of continual expansion in content provision and our significant build-up of global partnerships, we are now within striking distance of our ambition to be the dominant provider of premium gaming content in the industry.  We will continue to build our portfolio of content which, combined with the speed of content delivery into partners’ live gaming sites globally, makes Nektan’s offering a very attractive proposition.  We are adding more cutting-edge content and channelling this not only to more partners but bigger partners too. Nektan is live in more jurisdictions and languages than ever before and, in particular, our Asia business is scaling substantially as our technology is applied by more partners.”Nektan governance continues to strengthen its North American position and prospects, with the firm detailing that it has developed new US-centric components for its Evolve Platform.In its trading update, Nektan governance reveals that it is studying the potential of direct US investment with a view to strengthen its B2B business unit.“We are very confident that Nektan is in an excellent position to capitalise on the solid technological foundation we have built.  Our B2B division, in particular, is bringing a wealth of international opportunities from tier-one partners.  In addition, our North America division is making progress and is due to go live shortly with a tier-one operator.  We are positioned to take advantage of the opening up of the sector in the United States with a pipeline of upcoming opportunities.”last_img read more