PointNurse, a new telehealth and telemedicine startup company, has announced a partnership with Palo Alto based Swarm Fund to help create the first Global Telemedicine and Telehealth Distributive Collaborative Organization. PointNurse joined four other companies selected by the Swarm Fund community in their incubator and crowdfunding program.
Unlike other telemedicine and telehealth companies such as Teledoc, DrOnDemand, and MDLIVE, in which providers are paid fees for service, PointNurse will be deploying a community model in which providers can join the community as members, receive fees and have a proportional stake in the software platform.
Founder and CEO of PointNurse, Cyrus Maaghul stated:
“We believe, unlike Uber and AirBnB, where only a small group of individuals have control and say in the business or economic upside, our distributive collaborative organizational structure gives our healthcare providers a vote in the governance of the platform and pro-rata upside in its potential value as demand rises for its use.
“Telehealth and Telemedicine are inherently collaborative environments involving many different groups of providers to effectively engage consumers and provide high quality care and better outcomes. We think this model is superior to existing models in this space today.”
PointNurse is a consumer oriented service designed around a highly secure and encrypted peer-to-peer video, voice, and text technology to enable easy access to clinical nurse practitioners, doctors, psychiatrists, social workers and other licensed professionals to have prompt and confidential conversations. The community is comprised of over 60 healthcare practitioners and rapidly growing.