ZoomDoc is a private on-demand GP app which provides patients access to GPs 24/7 through paid-for face-to-face home visits, telephone and online Skype-style consultation. The company employs NHS GPs.
ZoomDoc's corporate services includes: work based clinics, health assessments, on demand visits and telephone or video calls. Telephone advice is priced from £35 per ten minutes, video advice from £35 per ten minutes and a home visit will cost from £125 for 25 minutes.
ZoomDoc's strategy is to target individuals and businesses. Businesses are encouraged to use ZoomDoc for their employees to enable employees to be treated quickly without waiting for appointments. ZoomDoc claims that this is proven to reduce sick leave and absence levels.
The company was incorporated and registered with the Care Quality Commission on 14 April 2015, with the following founding team:
- Dr Kenny Livingstone- Founder and Ceo, Clinical Lead- registered manager/director
- Eugene Kouumdjieff- Co-founder and Head of Product
- Hal Livingstone. Founder and Legal Advisor
- Matt Hagger Co-Founder and Advisor Growth Strategy USA
- Paul Landau Non Executive Director and Strategy Consultant
ZoomDoc employs GPs that also work for the NHS. GPs can sign up to the app for free, register themselves as ‘on call’ and specify how long they want to be available for and how far they would travel for home calls. The app launched in March 2017 and by early 2021 had around 500 GPs on its books. By the end of 2017 there were 5,000 downloads of the app and 2,000 registered users, receiving 5-star ratings on Facebook and the Appstore.
The company had net assets of £176.3k as of April 2020, according to accounts on Companies House Its turnover is unreported and its cash in the bank is reported at £32.8k.
According to the company's profile on Crunch Base, it has received £689.1k from crowdfunding and individual investors (an Angel round of investment).
ZoomDoc has had a total funding figure of £689.1k through two funding rounds, according to Crunchbase. This came from an initial £150k investment from CEO and Founder, Dr Kenny Livingstone and £539.1k from Seedrs in the form of Equity Crowdfunding.
British tennis star Andy Murray made an undisclosed investment into the company through the Seedrs crowdfunding page, along with around 275 other investors
ZoomDoc has yet to procure any major NHS contracts, but the company's aim is to bid for out-of-hours contracts from CCGs across the country.
A CQC investigation into the service, published in April 2018, found that the service ‘provided responsive, caring and well-led services in accordance with the relevant regulations. However, the service was not providing safe and effective services in some areas in accordance with the relevant regulations.’
There is a general concern with these new digital services and their use of NHS GPs; although the doctors will be paid extra, their time and energy is being taken directly from the NHS with nothing given back. In addition, GPs already work inhumanely long hours and inviting them to work through their lunch-breaks or after hours will make this worse, meaning that all patients will receive sub-par treatment if doctors work longer days. This is just a quick digital fix for the rich that overlooks the bigger picture.