Spora Health is a newly launched tech-enabled primary care network for people of color, having opened virtual offices in Virginia, Tennessee, Pennsylvania and Florida. Initially, the company is taking a telemedicine approach, but eventually plans to open physical locations.
How does it work?
Spora Health patients get access to its care delivery platform and care team that consists of doctors, nurse practitioners, nutritionists and more. Its machine learning-driven technology is meant to predict risk profiles for patients and look for chronic conditions like pre-diabetes, hypertension, emphysema, etc.
The service costs $9.99 per month, though on the first visit – patients pay their normal co-pay. Those without insurance have to pay a one-time fee of $99 on their first visit.
While Spora’s goal is to better serve Black people and people of color, not all of its providers fall into those demographics.
However, medical professionals in the Spora Health’s network do go through an interview process and participate in the Spora Institute — which serves to reeducate providers and help them understand their implicit biases.
On the record
“An equitable healthcare system has never existed in America, especially for Black folks and that is the goal,” Spora Health founder and CEO Dan Miller told TechCrunch.
“Being a young startup, we can compete on price,” Miller added commenting on the price of the service. “For us, we can make the offering more affordable because we have less overhead as well as tech that allows us to be more thoughtful.”
Spora Health is in the midst of raising a $1.2 million seed round. So far, it has managed to close $1 million of that round.