Hazel Health was founded five years ago to provide telemedicine services to children in public schools. Launched by a former Apple software engineer and serial entrepreneur, Nick Woods, and named after one of Woods’ children, Hazel Health has grown to work with school districts responsible for 1.5 million children, and has raised $33.5 million to expand its footprint even further across the United States.
The company’s services are even more sorely needed as children are forced into distance learning classrooms by the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Denied the network of services that in-person schooling provides for basic 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 company began working with school districts to develop remote telemedicine services distributed via applications to continue serving the children for whom it provided basic telemedicine services.
So far, 90% of eligible families have enrolled in the company’s telemedicine program and 70% have engaged with the company’s services. These numbers are even more significant when viewed through the lens of the nearly 40% of the company’s users who indicate they don’t have a primary care physician.
“We built this incredibly powerful model that partnered with schools and brought access to healthcare to families,” said Hazel chief executive, Josh Golomb.“At the schools we had an iPad on a stand. You hit a button and in a few minutes you would be talking to a doctor.”