New York City-based FRND is joining the health on-demand market with a service that will send a registered nurse to the user’s or his/her relative’s doorstep. The company has also received an unspecified amount of money in angel funding round.
What makes FRND different from its competitors like Heal, Dispatch and Pager, is that it won’t send a doctor to the user’s home but a nurse, who can set up a telehealth session with a doctor during the visit.
This way, FRND’s CEO Coleman Parry says, they are able to offer more affordable services that are also similar to the traditional brick and mortar doctor’s office experience (where patients first see the nurse).
“We want to be that last mile between telemedicine physician and the patient, “Parry told MobiHealthNews. “So if we can bring a registered nurse to be the physician’s hands on the patient while they’re there, we can also scale that much more easily than sending a few physicians around the city or community. We can be there faster and we can see more patients.”
FRND is able to offer more affordable services that are also similar to the traditional brick and mortar doctor’s office experience (where patients first see the nurse).Patients on their end are able to request a number of services including urgent care services, IV therapy, and general nursing services.
Nurses arrive at patient’s home with rapid lab kits for strep throat, flu, and UTI infection, as well as some digital health devices such as the Kinsa connected thermometer and an AliveCor Mobile ECG. A doctor is always a (video) call away to provide diagnosis and prescriptions, if needed.
FRND’s prices range from $79 to $129, urgent care service and nursing care cost $99, while IV therapy starts at $175.