Josh Golomb is CEO of Hazel Health, a healthcare company offering all children access to healthcare through in-school virtual medical clinics (and partnering with schools and families affected by COVID-19 for new telemedicine offerings). Hazel partners with dozens of schools to improve student health and decrease absenteeism by providing students with instant access to a network of doctors for a speedy diagnosis and care plan. Golomb is an experienced senior executive, having co-founded new healthcare enterprises and presided over several large organizations, including Paladina Health, DavitaRx, and more, fostering tremendous growth. As former CEO of direct primary care startup Paladina Health (acquired by NEA), he has proven success in developing forward-thinking healthcare organizations while delivering exceptional clinical and financial results.
What are your biggest business concerns surrounding COVID-19?
As a company that provides healthcare to K-12 students, we have been focused on making sure families that rely on Hazel to care for their children can still access our services. We have developed a service that families can use to access a doctor from the comfort of home. Many families don’t have primary care providers, and the first place they go when children need to see a doctor is the ER. With schools closing due to COVID-19, and the need for hospitals to reserve resources for those in critical condition, it’s more important than ever to ensure that families in underserved communities have access to care and information.
What is your current business strategy for dealing with the situation?
Hazel was founded to expand access to healthcare for all children, by providing it in a trusted setting—in school. To date, Hazel has always operated within schools, during the school day. School nurses would open the Hazel app within their health office to help any student have an on-demand doctor visit.
As schools close, we’ve seen a number of requests to continue providing our services, and we’re answering the call by expanding access for families, waiving certain fees for schools, and providing free access to resources on our site.