What You Should Know:
– 9am.health, a new San Diego, CA-based virtual diabetes clinic delivering personalized, affordable and kind care directly to consumers, today announced the launch of its unique virtual care platform, which provides comprehensive, affordable and compassionate care to people living with prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. In addition, the company also announced $3.7M in seed funding, which included participation from Founders Fund, Define Ventures, Speedinvest and iSeed Ventures.
– 9am.health gives people living with prediabetes and type 2 diabetes their own digital front door to healthcare, providing seamless access to many of the most important medications and at-home tests that patients need for one low monthly cost — delivered quickly and discreetly to their front door. Subscribers to 9am.health also get personalized treatment plans that come with 24/7 access to patient care advocates that can answer any patient need safely from their homes.
– 9am.health is currently available in 33 states, and subscriptions start at $25 per month, which includes the first medication prescription, home delivery and unlimited support from the care team via chat. Each additional medication is an additional $5, and at-home testing for A1C or lipid screening is available for $15 per month, which includes delivery and lab analysis.
Virtual Diabetes Clinic: How It Works
Consumers subscribe to 9am.health on the 9am.health website on any device, fill out a brief medical questionnaire, then get connected with a licensed medical provider to be prescribed the most appropriate medications. 9am.health currently provides tailored medication management for those with prediabetes and type 2 diabetes who also may have common comorbidities, like hypertension (high blood pressure) and hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol). Subscribers also can optimize their care plan for greater personalization by adding at-home A1C and cholesterol testing for a small cost that includes shipping and lab analysis. While 9am.health currently does not support injectable medications that some people living with type 2 diabetes need (e.g. insulin), the company plans to continue adding medications to its platform over time.
The program surrounds patients with a care team of knowledgeable and empathetic healthcare experts, including licensed providers, pharmacists and a team of diabetes care and education specialists that help people best manage their conditions. Subscribers have unlimited chat-based communication with their care team, with phone- and video-based consultations with patient advocates available, when needed.
“Over the last few decades, there have been great technologies and medications developed that have helped many of us living with diabetes. But, if you look at the average standard of care for people living with type 2 diabetes, the picture is very bleak. Costs have increased massively, but outcomes haven’t gotten better. It’s time we ask ourselves why,” said Frank Westermann, co-founder and co-CEO of 9am.health. “At 9am.health, we are creating a new, better and completely virtual experience to experience diabetes care. We make it affordable for everyone, super easy to use and have an incredible care team who is there for people whenever they need support.”