January 29, 2021
Tend gets funds for bricks and clicks health push
The clinical director of a new digital health start-up says a combination of technology and in person clinics will increase access to health services.
Tend has raised $15 million through a closed capital funding round to drive its growth, including buying medical clinics to add to its existing Kingsland clinic.
Dr Mataroria Lyndon says about 70 percent of the clinic's appointments are done through the video consultation feature of the Tend app, which also allows users to book appointments with a GP or nurse, keep track of prescriptions and test results and pay for services.
He believes giving the firm a bigger footprint could also improve Māori access to healthcare.
"There's a lot of people across Aotearoa who still can't get assess to see their GP and that's why with the funding we are keen to open up more of our clinics, open up more of our services and make it easier through the use of technology but also being able to have face to face care in our clinics as well," he says.
Dr Lyndon says the app will also be made available in te reo Māori to encourage more whanau to use it.
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