Future Housecalls: Order Doctors Like Delivery When You’re Sick

New app Pager lets you request house calls from approved doctors to get care wherever you are.


Although doctor house calls have gone the way of Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman, a new app is bringing them into the 21st century.

Pager is a mobile app that connects Manhattanites with doctors, allowing them to ‘page’ their doctor for a house call when it is a non-emergency. The platform seeks to bring convenience to the busy lives of people who already expect convenience, immediacy and efficacy in all other aspects of their lives.

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Users of the app enter their symptoms into their smartphone, then are provided with a list of doctors available in the area. The doctors are board-certified physicians and Pager users can check their profiles to ensure that they suit their needs. Before doctor and patient ever meet, Pager acts as a communication facilitator, connecting the two for a triage call and any follow up calls or text messages.

In a press statement, co-founder Philip Eytan said that the inspiration for Pager was born out of frustration with the current way the healthcare system is run. In emergency rooms it can take hours to be seen when the medical condition is not an actual emergency, but there is not much choice for people when their personal physician’s office is closed. The idea was there was a lack of personal and efficient care and while we are seeing a growth of diagnosis-from-afar, what people truly want is to be actually seen by a doctor. In the end a physical examination will always be the best way to diagnose and treat a patient, but Pager leverages virtual healthcare technology and combines it with the real-world needs of patients.

Pager launched on May 8th, and is currently only available from 6pm to midnight on the weekdays and from 8am to 12pm on the weekend. Patients must pay out of pocket, but all fees are presented beforehand and the transaction is entirely done through the app with no cash changing hands.

Pager was founded by Philip Eytan, Gaspard de Dreuzy and Oscar Salaz (who was on the founding team at Uber). So far the company has raised $3.5 million in seed financing from Lux Capital, Montage Ventures and private investor. The team hopes to work towards a 24/7 Pager service.

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