Homage, the Singapore-based startup that matches households and caregivers, has launched a brand new service that gives dwelling medical visits, telehealth consultations and drugs supply. Referred to as Homage Well being, the service was already being developed earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic, however co-founder and CEO Gillian Tee instructed TechCrunch that its launch was accelerated as a result of most of the firm’s caregiving recipients are aged or have long-term well being circumstances, and are at greater danger for the illness.
Backed by buyers together with HealthXCapital, Alternate Ventures and KDV Capital, Homage launched in 2016 with a caregiving program that focuses on individuals who want long-term assisted dwelling and rehabilitation care. This integrates with Homage Well being as a result of the platform’s caregivers, together with nurses, are in a position to present in-person assist for on-line consultations with medical doctors and assist followup on advisable healthcare regimens.
Earlier than launching Homage Well being, the startup labored with healthcare organizations to ship cellular medical providers, together with physician home calls, for its shoppers, and telehealth consultations as a part of its COVID-19 response. Even earlier than the pandemic, nonetheless, there was demand as a result of many purchasers want common well being screenings.
“Significantly with COVID-19, as an important service, we felt a better impetus to make sure our care recipients can proceed to realize entry to in-home and caregiving providers,” she stated.
“A key instance could be the place our care recipients can obtain speech remedy via teleconsultations,” she added. “For particular hallmark evaluation periods the place a remedy care plan is outlined, or the place subsequent supply is adjusted as a result of progressional enhancements made, in-person periods could be performed, resulting in greatest well being, accessibility and value outcomes.”
Having caregivers, medical periods and prescriptions data on one platform additionally makes long-term healthcare administration simpler. For instance, Homage can present baseline medical evaluation stories for medical and care suppliers.
Homage prescreens medical doctors earlier than including them to the platform. All of them are registered with the Singapore Medical Council, have a minimal of 5 years working towards medication and obtain medical teleconsultation coaching. The service can be utilized to diagnose frequent circumstances, just like the chilly or allergic reactions, or when prescriptions have to be refilled. It may well additionally present the follow-up consultations wanted by folks recovering from strokes or with continual circumstances like Parkinson’s illness and hypertension.
Homage Well being will broaden to incorporate extra rehabilitation and remedy classes. Primary teleconsultations have a flat charge of SGD $20, excluding prescriptions and supply charges. Cellular medical providers, which begin at SGD $180, embody at-home blood assessments, dwelling visits by medical doctors and minor surgical procedure like wound care and drainage.