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Kry bags $66M to launch its video-call-a-doctor service in more European markets

Swedish telehealth startup Kry has closed a $66 million Series B funding round led by Index Ventures, with participation from existing investors Accel, Creandum, and Project A. It raised a $22.8M Series A round just over a year ago, bringing its total raised since being founded back in 2014 to around $92M. The new funding will be put towards market expansion, with the UK and French markets its initial targets. It also says it wants to deepen its penetration in existing markets: Sweden, Norway and Spain, and to expand its medical offering to be able to offer more services via the remote consultations. A spokesperson for Kry also tells us its exploring different business models. While the initial Kry offering requires patients to pay per video consultation this may not offer the best approach to scale the business in a market like the UK where healthcare is free at the point of use, as a result of the taxpayer-funded National Health Service. Our goal is to offer our service to as many patients as possible. We are currently exploring different models to deliver our care and are in close discussions with different stakeholders, both public and private, a spokesperson told us. Just as the business models will vary across Europe so will the price, he added. While consultations are conducted remotely, via the apps video platform — with Krys pitch being tech-enabled convenience and increased accessibility to qualified healthcare professionals, i.e. thanks to the app-based delivery of the service — it specifies that doctors are always recruited locally in each market where it operates. In terms of metrics, it says its had around 430,000 user registrations to date, and that some 400,000 patients meetings have been conducted so far (to be clear thats not unique users, as it says some have been repeat consultations; and some of the 430k registrations are people who have not yet used the service). Across its first three European markets it also says the service grew by 740% last year, and it claims it now accounts for more than 3% of all primary care doctor visits in Sweden — where it has more than 300 clinicians working in the service. In March this year it also launched an online psychology service and says its now the largest provider of CBT-treatments in Sweden. Commenting on the funding in a statement, Martin Mignot, partner at Index Ventures, said: Kry offers a unique opportunity to deliver a much improved healthcare to patients across Europe and reduce the overall costs associated with primary care.  Kry has already become a household name in Sweden where regulators have seen first-hand how it benefits patients and allowed Kry to become an integral part of the public healthcare system. We are excited to be working with Johannes and his team to bring Kry to the rest of Europe. As well as the app being the conduit for a video consultation between doctor and patient, patients must also describe in writing and input their symptoms into the app, uploading relevant pictures and responding to symptom-specific questions. During the video call with a Kry doctor, patients may also receive prescriptions for medication, advice, referral to a specialist, or lab or home tests with a follow-up appointment — with prescribed medication and home tests able to be delivered to the patients home within two hours, according to the startup. We have users from all age groups. Our oldest patient just turned 100 years old. One big user group is families with young children but we see that usage is becoming more even over different age groups, adds the spokesman. There are now a number of other startups seeking to scale businesses in the video-call-a-doctor telehealth space — such as Push Doctor, in the UK, and Doctor On Demand in the US, to name two.

Sweden’s KRY raises $66 million to bring its digital health service to France and the U.K.

KRY today announced that it has raised $66 million to expand its digital health care service across Europe. The round was led by Index Ventures, with participation from Accel, Creandum, Project A, and others. The company offers a digital platform that connects patients with doctors remotely. Using a mobile app, a patient can consult a  KRY-employed health care professional and can also submit symptoms and share photos. The KRY physicians are able to write prescriptions, give advice, and make medical referrals.  Any prescriptions and available tests are then delivered to the patients home. We are going to make the world a healthier place by providing equal access to hassle-free high quality care — regardless of where you live or who you are, said Johannes Schildt, KRY CEO and cofounder, in a statement. Using digitalization, we will push through a paradigm shift in health care. From being expensive, reactive, and system-oriented we will make health care abundant, proactive, and patient-focused. The goal of KRY is to address a growing shortage of health care providers around the world. The company says that in the two years since it launched, it has facilitated 350,000 patient meetings in Sweden, Norway, and Spain. The company says it will now expand to the U.K. and France, though it did not offer a specific timeline for those launches.