CirrusMD Upgrades the Doctor-Patient Relationship
Prior to co-founding CirrusMD, Blake McKinney MD was an emergency physician who often helped his friends and family answer general medical questions. After an experience helping his sister with a sick baby over text and FaceTime, he realized there was a huge opportunity to connect doctors and patients by using smart devices.
McKinney’s healthcare epiphany was realized with the help of Andrew Altorfer and Elliot Sands, who together started CirrusMD: a text messaging-first telemedicine platform, which currently serves over one million people. The innovative text messaging approach allows doctors staffing CirrusMD on-behalf of a health system or health plan to see three times as many patients at once without sacrificing quality. By helping to both treat and triage patients, while managing the appropriate escalation of care, CirrusMD allows its customers to reduce unnecessary visits to the ER and urgent care centers, resulting in significant savings. Their 98 percent satisfaction rating from customers serves as testament for how well the program works.
The program is positively recognized by many other organizations beyond its customers. In 2016, CirrusMD was recognized as one of 50 Colorado Startups to Watch by Built In Colorado and named winner of Future Digital Awards for Technology and Innovation. They are also partnered with organizations such as the Colorado Health Foundation and Rocky Mountain Health Plans.
CirrusMD is revolutionizing how doctors and patients interact with one another through modern technologies; by creating a convenient and cost-effective option, their program is a promising innovation for the healthcare industry.
Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network is delighted to work with companies like CirrusMD and will continue to support CirrusMD as it builds a strong brand presence in Colorado and beyond to ensure employers know that CirrusMD is best in class for employee health care. The BEN team is looking forward to seeing what Andrew Altorfer, CEO, and his team does to drive measurable growth and performance in 2017 and beyond.
“The whole team at CirrusMD is excited to see how our relationship with Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network will help bolster the growth of our organization—from where we’re standing today, the sky’s the limit,” said Altorfer.