26 Oct 2017 | 04.40 pm
VideoDoc Appoints Mary Harney As Chairperson
Company planning 30 new hires
26 Oct 2017 | 04.40 pm
Former health minister Mary Harney is the new chairperson of VideoDoc, a startup that facilitates video consultations with GPs via a PC or mobile app. Harney’s appointment comes as the Dublin business announced a fundraiser of €2.5m.
Founded in 2014, VideoDoc provides non-emergency doctor consultations for signed-up members, who fill out health details and then chat to a GP via a video link. Video consultations typically cost €30 each, although a seven-consultation yearly subscription is available for €70. Doctors are charged €75 per month.
VideoDoc, which was founded by Mary O’Brien and Damien Kissane, launched its services in the UK earlier this year. The €2.5m investment will be partly used to recruit more GPs in Ireland and the UK, the company said.
VideoDoc has also appointed Dr Conor O’Hanlon as its medical Director. O’Hanlon is a founding member of the Irish College of General Practitioners and is an experienced GP.
VideoDoc has already partnered up with several health providers across Ireland, among them VHI and Beaumont Hospital. It also works with the NHS in the UK.
“We are absolutely delighted to be partnering with our new investors and to be outlining the exciting growth plans this partnership will facilitate,” said chief executive Mary O’Brien. “The addition of Mary Harney and Dr Conor O’Hanlon will provide invaluable experience and skill to our senior team.”
A recent survey commissioned by VideoDoc found that eHealth services, such as online GP consultations, would influence the decision of almost two-thirds of Irish employees when choosing a company to work for.
With over 1,000 employees surveyed, almost 45% stated they do not receive any healthcare benefits at all from their employer. Of those who do receive health benefits, four out of ten state this is insufficient to cover the cost of their private health insurance.
“As providers of online GP care, we have witnessed the increasing trend of Irish people moving to eHealth methods of care,” said O’Brien. “Telehealth is a very cost effective and timely method of receiving basic GP care such as triage or prescription renewals.”
According to Harney: “Online consultations are not a replacement for the well-established GP service that currently exists across Ireland and the UK, but rather complements and supports it. I believe that Ireland, with its wide-spread adoption of technology and acute challenges in accessing medical support, coupled with the rising cost of healthcare, is well-positioned to reap the benefits of professional telemedicine services.”
Photo (l-r): Mary Harney, medical director Conor O’Hanlon and Mary O’Brien. (Pic: Colm Mahady/Fennell Photography)