Blockit Inc., a Dallas-based healthcare technology startup, has raised $152,000 in seed funding for its pilot series and launch. The company aims to be a platform technology for healthcare providers and patients to schedule appointments, referrals, and more.
The money was raised in two rounds. The first grossed $60,000 and closed in late 2016 after an initiative led by Blockit co-founders Jake McCarley and Dr. Mark Carver. The second round yielded $92,000 and closed in February 2017. Contributions came primarily from North Texas investors, along with a few from Tennessee and Michigan.
Blockit is designed to provide real-time access to the calendar availability of patients and providers. The product helps with scheduling referrals and stand-alone appointments. According to Glenn Phillips, Blockit’s CTO, the platform is “easy to activate and doesn’t require complex integration.”
Carver says “as an actively practicing physician specialist, I’ve experienced this frustration [with scheduling] first hand. But providers can now free themselves and their patients from these kinds of frustrations with Blockit.”
McCarley, Blockit’s CEO, says that in today’s healthcare market, providers are trying to control more of their time to “focus more on care because they, like their patients, just want good health.”
Blockit says it will utilize current funding to refine its initial build of the platform, complete app development, and fund its marketing strategy as it approaches its pilot series and launch.
Multiple healthcare providers have committed to participate in the pilots, McCarley says. The first pilot series is scheduled to launch on April 1. A broader, go-live launch is currently set for May 1.