Healthcare start-up Celes Care raises $1.5 m funding

K V Kurmanath Hyderabad | Updated on January 13, 2018

Celes Care, a digital healthcare start-up, has raised $1.5 million in pre-Series-A funding as it launched a virtual health clinic exclusively for women. Headquartered in Hyderabad, the firm has roped in 15 doctors on to its network to clear doubts of women on a wide variety of health issues.

In a pilot, the firm will start the services in a few primary health centres at Sircilla in Telangana to help the rural women get access to better medical advice. Ventureast, Endiya Partners, Eight Roads Ventures and F-Prime Capital Partners took part in the initial round of funding.

“In about 70 per cent of the instances, they need not see a doctors. They make an effort to see a doctor even to seek small advice on dosage, food restrictions. We would like to address this need. We will make summary available to patients so that it will be handy for their future interactions with doctors,” Rajah Koppala, Co-Founder and Medical Director of Celes Care, said.

Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, he said the team had completed over 10,000 consultations during the soft launch in the last few months.

The firm charges from the patients and other users. “We follow pay-as-you-go method for monetisation of services,” Raghu Bathina, Chief Executive Officer of Celes Care, said. The consultation by doctors would be followed by advice for medical tests, if need be.

Model Clinic for Future

The firm is planning to set up a research and development centre where it would develop a Model Clinic for Future. “You need a focussed research to test the upcoming medical technologies for the future,” he said.

Steven Steinhubl, Director (Digital Medicine) of Scripps Translational Science Institute, said the future of healthcare delivery would be transformed by the convergence of genomics, digital devices and precision medicine.

Published on February 28, 2017

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