By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA
There’s been a good deal of progress made by the team at Anytime Pediatrics since we introduced the company in this April 2018 teknovation.biz article, most recently completing the Life Science Network for start-ups.
That progress includes a slightly different name – Anytime TeleHealth Inc. – that reflects broader opportunities to build on the platform, a modified business model, key additions to the team, and execution of an agreement with the start-up’s first paying customer.
Tom Sullivan, a long-time corporate executive who was most recently a Division Vice President with McKesson Health IT, joined Mick and Angie Connors, Anytime’s Founders, in July as the company President.
“Our initial focus was and continues to be the pediatric market,” Sullivan told us during a recent interview. The modified name reflects both the telemedicine technology that is integral to Anytime’s service offering and the fact that other market opportunities could be pursued in the future. They include primary care, behavioral health, and other subspecialties.
“Mick’s passion is to ensure that kids get the best care possible,” Sullivan explained. In many instances when young boys and girls are sick, a parent might have taken the child to a retail clinic and perhaps another urgent care facility before presenting at a hospital emergency room.
He notes that those visits can take as much as six hours where an Anytime telemedicine consult would consume 15 minutes, saving time and costs and result in better quality care by remaining connected to their local pediatrician.
When we interviewed the Connors for the April article, their initial business plan called for Anytime to have its own staff of pediatricians. Sullivan says that has shifted over the last six months as the start-up tested its product, gained feedback, and made enhancements.
“We’re (now) looking at ourselves as a technology provider to local pediatricians,” he said. As such, Anytime will enable the medical professionals to use its technology to communicate with their patients rather than have parents and their youngsters interact with an unfamiliar pediatrician.
The interactions will be possible over traditional computers as well as iOS- and Android-enabled mobile devices.
Anytime’s first paying customer is an eight-location pediatric practice in Houston. Sullivan says there’s a good deal of interest being expressed by other pediatricians, children’s hospitals, and pediatric urgent care clinics in the product.
Anticipating rapid growth, he says the start-up is about halfway through a $1.5 million seed round raise that he hopes will be completed in February. Those funds will initially allow further product development with later plans to integrate with electronic medical records as well as the rapidly emerging availability of devices – from thermometers and blood pressure cuffs to heart monitors – that allow remote monitoring of patients.
In addition to Mick Connors, the trained clinician, and Sullivan who focuses on the business aspects and is also an investor in Anytime, the core team also includes Blaine Anderson of Nashville. Blaine is a former NASA engineer and has an extensive Healthcare IT background. His focus area is product development.