Ubers of healthcare?

hims www.forhims.com Irreverent men’s fashion style, sells generic versions of the prescription medications Viagra and Propicia as lifestyle products. They put the same fashion label on the pill bottles that they use for their grooming products. The “medical exam” consists of 60-second questionnaire and text messaging, for which is charged a fee of $5. Hims has $97 million in financing and a valuation of $400 million.

Lemonaid www.lemonaidhealth.com Prescribes dozens of medications after a brief questionnaire and text messaging (a few states require brief videochat contact). They charge $25 per prescription, with no scheduled follow-ups. Among the medications they prescribe is a 3 month supply of generic versions of Wellbutrin and Chantix for smoking cessation, both of which have boxed warnings for suicidal ideation.

Ginger.io ginger.io Focused exclusively on mental health. “Coaches” are the main resource, but for additional cost the company offers a “full spectrum of care” including psychologists and psychiatrists. They also claim to use machine learning and AI to enhance care. They have obtained $28 million in financing.

Teladoc www.teladoc.com, Doctor-on-Demand doctorondemand.com, American Well www.americanwell.com, MDLive www.mdlive.com,and Healthtap www.healthtap.com all offer psychiatric treatment over the internet, in addition to other medical care. Collectively they have received over one billion dollars of investment and are valued at over 4 billion dollars.