Valley-based apps help you save money, time on healthcare

Posted at 9:59 PM, May 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-06 01:33:46-04

Technology is transforming our lives, from the way we communicate to how we listen to music.

Now, two Valley-based tech companies are disrupting the health and wellness industry.

They're moving healthcare out of hospitals and into the comfort of your own home.

"I couldn't get in to see my doctor for a couple of weeks," says Sara Fabricant.

But, she didn't want to wait to get treated.

"I have three kids, I'm running around and busy and ultimately tried AKOS."

AKOS is an app that puts medical care literally in the palm of your hand with a network of board-certified physicians.

Dr. Kishlay Ananad founded the company, which is based in the Valley.

His goal is to help patients and doctors communicate in real-time.

"Just use the phone, which acts as a physician 24/7 from the convenience of your own home so you can get the care you need," he explains.

Usually, convenience comes at a cost. But, AKOS might be cheaper than your real doctor.

AKOS charges a $49 flat fee for a 15-minute virtual call. Or, if you subscribe for $15 a month, each virtual visit will cost you just $30.

Dr. Ananad says the subscription service is a great option for families who visit the doctor frequently.

Each physician in the AKOS network is trained in telemedicine.

"Common conditions can be treated effectively through telemedicine," he says. "This is evidence-based data and very well-published."

The company launched just weeks ago. Already, they have 40 board-certified doctors on staff and 800 user downloads.

Dr. Ananad says doctors are able to work out of their home, as long as it's in a quiet setting with privacy and a professional appearance.

If you're stressed out -- and stressed for time -- there's an app for that, too!

Thrivinu is a modern wellness app created by Dara Rummel.

She wanted to give people access to a network of providers who will make home visits.

From nutrition, wellness and beauty to...

"Acupuncturists or massage therapists. We also have fitness, and that could be yoga, personal training, you name it."

When strength and conditioning coach, Jessie Holland, heard about Thrivinu, he says there was no question as to whether he'd be a part of it.

He's able to find new clients by taking "on demand" home appointments through the Thrivinu App.

"I receive a text message that I have a scheduled appointment. I'm able to communicate with them nonverbally and tell them I'm on my way, while they're going back to business," he explains.

Rummel says all providers are licensed and must maintain a 3.5 star rating, which is set by users.

"There are reviews you can read," Rummel explains. "You can see your provider's photo, you can see their website."

And just like Uber, the Thrivinu network keeps track of which providers are with which users -- in real-time.

"So the provider is safe and the consumer is safe," Rummel says.

Both apps are free to download.