NEW YORK--Last October 14, the New York Tech Meetup brought back two of its most popular demos – Addicaid and Pager -- to mark the launch of its new “Demo Deep Dive” event series in lower Manhattan.
Sam Frons, founder and CEO of Addicaid, presented first followed by Toby Hervey, general manager of Pager, both platforms with an app that allows people to reach out for help. Addicaid is an addiction recovery platform, while Pager is on-demand service for people seeking house calls from doctors.
Frons started her talk by talking about the 2 million documented cases of substance abuse in the United States. With Addicaid, she is addressing how most people can recover from what could be the most effective methods--individual coaching, action-oriented goals, personal incentives and self-help groups.
With Addicaid, she is looking forward to ensuring long-term patient engagement, providing effective and affordable care. Through technology, she collects metrics –active and passive data – and other variables that come into play like sentiment analysis and behavior, among other things Her app has been downloaded 20,000 times. Addicaid now has curated news.
In a few months, it will launch nearby meeting notifications, daily goal reminders, SOS alerts and even coaches, with option to choose one-on-one coaching, as well as tailored treatment plans. “We are lowering the barrier to entry and reducing stigma,” she said.
Hervey presented Pager, a mobile app and service providing high-quality healthcare on demand through doctor house calls. It’s a mobile, location-based service in the sense that you can be customers at your office or in your home with no time to see a doctor during the day.
Hervey said the growing friction in assessing care and overuse of emergency rooms prompted the company to start Pager, which is striving for a seamless patient experience. It looks forward to reducing costs for payers in the long run, partly also because of its partnership with a drug company. Yes, it looks forward to having prescriptions delivered to patients.
“No other setting or service brings Pager’s level of convenience to the care experience,” he claimed. It also has a rating system. In November, it aims to launch its chat feature.
Most of the doctors are family physicians and serve the New York area.
It’s interesting how house calls, which accounted for 40 percent of the medical practice back in the 1930s, is back because of technology.