Founded in 2016 as Ready Responders, Ready provides patients with access to healthcare professionals from the comfort of their own homes. Trained health care professionals will arrive onsite to respond to a patient’s health needs, checking vitals and directly connecting the patient with a nurse practitioner or doctor via video chat. Through the platform, patients have access to trained health care professionals 365 days a year. Ready is in network with most major health care companies in the markets they serve.
Industry: Health Tech
Total Funds Raised: $107.4M
Number of Employees: 250+
Service Area: 10 locations (Baton Rouge; Baltimore; Houma, La; Las Vegas; Miami; New Orleans; New York; Washington; Reno; Shreveport)
About the Founders
Prior to Ready, Justin Denegal, Justin was the founder and CEO of Voter.com, where he helped create the most popular independent political channel on the Internet with more than 3.5 million monthly users and 500,000 newsletter subscriptions. Justin also created Goji (formerly Consumer United) in late 2007 and cultivated its growth from just a few employees in a small office to over 300 employees across multiple locations. As Consumer United, Goji was named one of the ‘Top 10 Fastest Growing Companies in Insurance’ by Inc. Magazine in 2012.
Co-founder Benjamin Swig, who has since left the company, was a 2009 graduate of the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and a 2016 graduate of the Executive MBA program at the A.B. Freeman School of Business.
Why New Orleans?
The idea developed from a conversation between Swig and Dangel, who had recently returned from a trip to Israel. In Israel, Dangel witnessed a similar system in play that allowed trained first responders who were in closer proximity than the ambulance to arrive on the scene first.
Ready was launched in New Orleans due to substantial number of people who call 911 but do not need emergency medical care. Paramedics, who Ready will train, can reach these callers far quicker than traditionally dispatched EMTs. Traditionally visiting the emergency room or urgent care, from the time you left your house to the time you get home, it could be four, six, eight hours to get treatment. When you call their service they try to get response times of 10 minutes or less.