Comcast Sets Appointment With Doctor On Demand

Doctor On Demand, a healthcare service that provides “video visits” with board-certified physicians, announced Wednesday that it has landed a $21 million “A” round and signed on Comcast as a customer.

Comcast has signed on to offer the service to all of its U.S. employees and will integrate Doctor On Demand into its health and wellness offerings. For certain plans, Comcast will also fully subsidize employees’ visits with Doctor On Demand physicians.

The partnership enters play coincidentally as the U.S. cable industry increasingly views telemedicine as a key vertical (subscription required) for their business services divisions.

Doctor On Demand said it’s now available in 46 states and works with more than 1,400 board-certified physicians.  Each visit costs $40, and patients have the option of paying with their Health Care Spending Account (HSA), Flexible Spending Account (FSA), or major credit card.

Doctor On Demand estimates that more than 85% of emergency room visits involve conditions that can be handled through video.

On the finance end, Doctor On Demand said its A round was led by Venrock and joined by Shasta Ventures and angel investor Sir Richard Branson. It will use the funds to expand its teams and network of physicians, and to develop new products, which now includes video visits that can be done on PCs (previously they were only done on smartphones and tablets).

Other investors include Andreessen Horowitz, Google Ventures, and Lerer Ventures, and Athena Health CEO Jonathan Bush, who, like Branson, is an angel investor.