Cobby Amoah’s mother spent several weeks waiting to see a health specialist, he knew there had to be a way to decrease the wait time and access to specialists.“It was really taking forever to get,” Amoah said. “Then she only spent about seven to 10 minutes in the actual consultation. So all that waiting just for that.”
So in January, Amoah and co-founder Charles Kunene founded Obaa, a Boston-based company that would provide a way for primary doctors to communicate with specialists, reducing the wait times for specialty care.
The initial solution was a mobile application that would allow doctors to send messages to specialists. But the founders quickly realized that was not enough. Specialists needed more information. They needed to see the patient.
With that understanding, Obaa moved to video and then evolved to Google Glass, giving doctors the ability to record or stream a visit and have full use of their hands.
The company, which will graduate from Health Wildcatters on Thursday at Pitch Day, now has raised enough funds to launch three pilots of its system called Prime. The company is currently focused on helping primary care doctors connect with dermatologists.
It’s planning to work on all future development in Dallas, where the company has decided to relocate.
Here’s a look at Obaa and what it’s working on.
What does Obaa’s Prime do?
We have a version out right now, version 1.5, and it allows primary care doctors to put on Google Glass and have an electronic consultation. They can record a video with comments and swipe a list of providers, right now just dermatologists, on Google Glass. It will send out the consultation to that dermatologist. The dermatologist will see it on their dashboard. Then they can develop a treatment plan and put that on the dashboard. We have two options – a live consultation and video recording. What we’re aiming for is to have a reply in 24 hours from the initial consultation. Right now we’re doing 48 hours.