Pediatric on-demand urgent care startup PediaQ announced that it’s raised $4.5 million and paired with its first two hospital systems: Memorial Hermann in Houston and Baylor Scott & White locally.
Plano Dallas startup hasn’t been shy about its desire to partner up with a health system—it’s maintained that its first stage is hiring its own providers to prove the concept, and then partner with health systems and pass along its technology for their own providers. The company launched in 2014 and expanded into the Houston/Woodlands area in June and Austin/Round Rock in September. It’s raised $6.5 million since launching.
The company is calling its platform Q.care, which pairs patients with pediatric nurses via smartphone. The startup employs 10 people and 30 nurse practitioners. Its CEO, Jon O’Sullivan, says he hopes signing on with two of the state’s largest health systems will attract others.
“This is a new concept for them,” he said in August. “We believe a lot more systems will want to jump on board.”
The company says patients have used the app more than 3,500 times. It’s now in-network for BlueCross BlueShield of Texas, UnitedHealthcare, Aetna, Cigna, and Humana.