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We are excited to share that we have been nominated for a NEVY Award which recognizes New England’s top innovators and companies. We are nominated under the category of Healthcare IT Startup of the Year.
Check out @hereandnow for a featured story on virtudent & how we’re bringing the dentist to your office & changing the landscape of oral healthcare delivery!
“The number of working-age adults getting dental care has been declining, according to the American Dental Association. But what if the hygienist came to you?”
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Employees at the Boston software firm Salsify no longer have to worry about getting out of work for dental or optometry appointments. These days, teeth cleaning sessions and eye exams come to them.
Once a quarter, a dental hygienist from the company Virtudent comes to the office with cleaning and X-ray equipment and sets up shop in a spare conference room for a few days. The program is so popular that the 30-minute appointments generally fill up within minutes when the dates are announced.”
On a Tuesday morning in a high-rise office in Boston’s Financial District, a conference room has become a pop-up exam room for the day, as employees file in for cleanings and X-rays. Write some code; take a bite-wing.
Behind the dental chair is a hygienist from Virtudent, a mobile dental practice that brings preventive dental care right to the workplace. By providing on-site services, booked online and covered by insurance, Virtudent seeks to eliminate one of the painful parts of a regular checkup for patients—the difficulty of squeezing a dental appointment into the workday. (And that’s good for employers, too. According to a Virtudent case study, the company treated 118 patients at Wayfair, the Boston e-commerce giant, and saved 354 work hours.)
“[Virtudent] sends in a hygienist with a whole dental office in a suitcase. She sets up and provides the basic services on-site:[expand] cleanings, x-rays, exams, sealants, and fluoride. All of that gets securely uploaded to the cloud, where remote dentists can read and diagnose the cases.”[/expand]
“More than 49 million Americans live in areas where they have little or no access to dental care, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Enter a new concept: Virtudent.[expand]The brainchild of Hitesh Tolani, DG13, it’s a company that hopes to use virtual dental visits to serve those in the so-called dental deserts.”[/expand]
“Virtudent argues that because not enough people are getting the oral healthcare they need, the only solution is to bring oral healthcare to the people.[expand]Virtudent’s model will allow representatives to bring portable dental equipment to the workplace, where people can receive care at just a fraction of the cost.”[/expand]
“Hitesh Tolani was going through dental school at the University of Pennsylvania when a lot of his undergrad friends would ask him if they could read their X-rays…[expand] As he started digging deeper into why he had so many friends asking for his help, he realized that … telehealth wasn’t really being used yet in the dentistry industry. Hitesh wanted to lead the revolution because oral healthcare is a growing problem that people don’t really care about. He shared, ‘Oral health care is actually tied to a lot of systemic problems and it’s a 250B problem. It’s like a silent epidemic.’ This led Hitesh to decide to start Virtudent with the help of the Harvard Innovation Lab”[/expand]
“Today Tolani, 33, finds himself at the helm of Virtudent, a Boston-based startup aiming to redefine how dental services are delivered.[expand]Virtudent sets up a fully staffed “pop up” clinic–chairs, equipment, dentists, hygienists–at your office.”[/expand]
“Expanding access does not mean sacrificing quality of treatment. Virtudent takes advantage of the latest and most sophisticated technologies in the field of dental medicine to ensure an unbeatable standard of care.”
“Virtudent, a telehealth startup revamping how people see the dentist, just announced it’s raised $2 million in seed funding.[expand]Sparta Group LLC, the investment office of Desh Deshpande, led the round, and the venture plans to use the capital to expand its technology and operations teams in an effort to meet growing demand for its services.”[/expand]
“Virtudent leverages innovations in portable equipment & telehealth technologies to bring oral healthcare to the workplace for a fraction of the cost.[expand]Through Virtudent’s pop-up dental clinics, high quality care is made easy & accessible.”[/expand]