Healthlane, a Nigerian startup linking doctors to remote patients for online consultations, alongside traditional face-to-face public health services – across Africa, has raised $2.4 million for expansion.
Healthlane raised the $2.4 million from Digital Horizon with participation from Sequoia Capital, Silicon Valley Bank, TSVC, Supernode Ventures, CRE Africa and Capitoria, as well as several early investors in China’s Ping An Good Doctor.
According to Alan Vaksman, founder and managing partner of Digital Horizon, “Unlike many startups that rely only on telemedicine, Healthlane’s solution combines remote and face-to-face health services. Furthermore, the service’s customers become not only users, but also doctors, hospitals, pharmacies and other market participants. In the future, this all-in-one approach will enable the company to expand the list of services by adding, for example, insurance products.”
Vaksman says Healthlane’s model is similar to the Chinese platform Ping An Good Doctor, whose audience over several years of operation amounted to 315 million people, with its capitalization on the stock exchange growing to $15 billion.
“I am confident that Africa needs such projects, so we will continue to monitor the development of the local digital healthcare sector and will keep looking for exciting opportunities,” he added.
Healthlane, a Y Combinator alumnus aims to use new technologies to improve the quality of healthcare services without creating new infrastructure especially in Africa, where health care services are broken and expensive.
Healthlane is creating a platform that allows you to book and pay for a doctor’s appointment at a public clinic through an app, and be received immediately upon arrival, saving so much valuable time. Now more than 30 medical institutions in Nigeria and Cameroon co-operate with the company, and the number of clients in the first half of the year exceeded 60,000 people.
In the future, additional services, such as calling a doctor at home, gaining access to test results and prescriptions, telemedicine, and ordering medicines with delivery will also become available.