Hazel Health was established 5 years ago to supply telemedicine services to children in public schools. Launched by a previous Apple software engineer and serial business owner, Nick Woods, and called after one of Woods’ kids, Hazel Health has actually grown to deal with school districts accountable for 1.5 million kids, and has actually raised $33.5 million to expand its footprint even further throughout the United States.

The business’s services are a lot more sorely needed as kids are pushed into distance learning class by the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.

Denied the network of services that in-person education provides for standard healthcare and nutrition, remote services like Hazel Health become, in some cases, the only window into children’s health that some communities have.

When the first lockdown orders came through, the business began dealing with school districts to establish remote telemedicine services distributed by means of applications to continue serving the kids for whom it provided basic telemedicine services.

Up until now, 90% of eligible families have enrolled in the company’s telemedicine program and 70% have engaged with the company’s services. These numbers are a lot more significant when viewed through the lens of the almost 40% of the business’s users who show they don’t have a primary care doctor.

“We developed this incredibly effective model that partnered with schools and brought access to healthcare to families,” stated Hazel chief executive, Josh Golomb. “At the schools we had an iPad on a stand. You hit a button and in a couple of minutes you would be talking with a doctor.”

Hazel Health executive team, from left: Dr. Rob Darzynkiewicz (primary medical officer), Nick Woods (chief tech officer, co-founder), Raquel Antunez (VP Education Markets, co-founder) and Josh Golomb (CEO). Image Credit: Hazel Health

After the start of the COVID-19 epidemic in the U.S., the company’s Hazel in the house service continues to supply care to kids.

“As quickly as COVID occurred there was a great deal of acknowledgment by districts that we need to have a service around student health and wellness,” said Golomb. “Pre-COVID we went from 300,000 in our network of districts to now, when we just passed 1.5 million. [The] rate of engagement decreased but our total growth has increased considerably.”

With those sort of numbers it was no wonder that Owl Ventures and Bain Capital Ventures came in to back the company. Extra funding originated from Uprising, the UCSF Foundation Investment Firm and Centene Corp.

. And the need just keeps increasing, according to Golomb.

“Our pipeline has actually blown up,” he stated. “A great deal of the states have actually made expansion for telehealth and increasing access a top priority. We were going to have 8 or nine states that we were going to prioritize. That’s top priority primary … another huge chunk is actually making sure that we can purchase expanding the item to support that volume of states and discovering methods to support our families and district partners.”

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