While the use of telemedicine services has increased dramatically during the COVID-19 epidemic, medical professionals sometimes need to be in person to perform diagnostic tests. Axle Health, a company currently enrolled in the newest cohort of the Y Combinator Accelerator, can help these telehealth companies fill that void.
“In terms of the professionals we send home, they are also phlebotomists, MAs, LVNs, and RNs,” said Connor Hailey, co-founder of Axle.
In a sad reflection of the times, most of the calls the company receives are related to COVID-19, Hailey said.
And while the company doesn’t currently accept insurance, many companies choose a price on the platform to charge their patients and then request reimbursement from insurers, according to Hailey.
“There are very few patients who pay cash. Our home services would come out of pocket, ”said Hailey. These fees vary based on the license level of the visiting health worker.
The company’s largest partner, Sameday Health, charges $ 250 for a home PCR test. According to Hailey, this is a self-payment that is not covered by insurance. Hailey said Sameday plans to soon offer an insurance-backed home PCR test that comes with a $ 100 home visit fee.
Axle Health launched its service in late January and is trying to expand its treatment options to include more than just COVID-19 testing. Axle Health is currently only responding to market demand.
Hailey started the company after working at ZocDoc for a few years and then spending time at Uber. What motivates Hailey and the company’s co-founder Adam Stansell is to provide similar concierge services to a wider patient base at a lower cost, Hailey said.
“The rich have access to home care. We can do it economically enough that we can get it to everyone, ”he said.