“When I started thinking about what it is I needed…it was a case of ‘what was the boundary to see the GP?’ Did I physically need to leave my location? Did I physically need to travel? And I started thinking about technology…”
Lee Dentith, Founder & CEO, Now Healthcare Group
Entrepreneurship and investment journalist, Jay Kim, recently caught up with our Founder and CEO Lee Dentith in an exclusive interview published for global business magazine Forbes.
Discussing the growing role of health technology and the story behind Lee’s founding of Now Healthcare Group, as well as the company’s plans for the future, the article certainly makes for compelling reading for those with an interest in the digital health sector.
“Health tech is around us and deeply embedded in our everyday lives, whether we realise it or not”, writes Kim. “There’s no price too good for health and as such a huge amount of money has been invested and generated in this area.
Lee shares the story of how he came to found the business, solving what was initially a personal problem by building a company. He and his sick child experienced a frustrating four-hour wait before they could consult with a GP a few years ago. Lee knew exactly what his child needed (simple prescription medication) but the long queues and waiting to get there were intolerable.
“When I started thinking about what it is I needed, and I needed to speak with a GP because that GP was the conduit to being treated with a prescription and getting on the road to recovery, it was a case of ‘what was the boundary to see the GP?’ Did I physically need to leave my location? Did I physically need to travel? And I started thinking about technology.”
Lee envisioned a dream scenario that would cut out all the waiting time to see a doctor and pharmacist. He realised that his pain point was not unique but rather standard industry practice. Realising the value that our on-the-go society places on convenience and time, Now Healthcare Group was born. The company behind the Dr Now and Now GP smartphone apps, Now Healthcare’s products provide people with convenient access to NHS registered GPs via remote video consultation. On top of this, we are the first digital health provider to offer a full end-to-end solution, able to dispense and deliver medicines through our integrated Now Pharmacy platform.
When asked about the company’s plans for the future, Lee explains his excitement around the future of self-diagnosis and the use of AI and machine learning to further streamline and automate the self-prescription process.
“We’re going to move away from a wearable technology into a non-evasive …there’s an amazing technology in the UK that’s just been trialled which will effectively, through radio frequencies, read pulses as people are sitting there from cameras,” Lee says.
“So when you think about the connected home in the next three to five years, we will be able to effectively pre-diagnose any ailments that you may not even know that you’ve got by giving you a friendly text saying, ‘We’ve detected something. We’d like to have a chat with you. When is convenient?’ And that to me is what our real goal is.”
You can also follow him on Twitter @LeeDentithDrNow.