Juno raises millions to provide family healthcare from Inglewood to Harlem • TechCrunch

Even after billions in venture capital have been raised and invested in the digital health space, access to quality healthcare is still difficult. And while that might raise questions about whether a scrappy startup has any chance of fixing things, for entrepreneur Akili Hinson it just means Juno needs to be even smarter about the neighborhoods it targets.

Hinson, founder and CEO of Juno and a physician by trade, is building a healthcare model that delivers in-person care in diverse neighborhoods across the country. The startup’s modern take on one-visit healthcare means it’s competing with heavyweights such as One Medical and CityBlock Health. But that hasn’t stopped investors from recently spearheading a $12 million Series A round in the startup, a round co-led by Serena Ventures and NEXT ventures.

The proof could be in the focus. Hinson explained that CityBlock Health focuses exclusively on Medicaid and Medicare-eligible patients, who tend to be among the sickest patients in the healthcare system; while One Medical, at the other end of the spectrum, presents itself as a kind of exclusive membership program often paid for by employers. Juno wants to be for people who don’t fit into either category, which it says is 99% of the population.

“Our approach is to be open access and to create additional products for people who want an extra dose of convenience, cost savings and support,” Hinson said, adding that Juno is more focused on delivering care. large-scale families. In action, this means Juno strives to provide services from pediatrics to OBGYN. “What this means is that, unlike an exclusive membership model, anyone can come in and get treatment…from all walks of life in these neighborhoods.” The company also offers higher acuity services, such as X-rays.

Being truly open and also offering everything from adult primary care to same-day care has its costs – which is why so many companies aiming to offer one-stop shopping have to raise nine-figure rounds. Juno recently started offering additional plans ranging from $20 to $50 per month for families who want a more convenient experience, like night and weekend appointments or better savings. Its challenge will be to scale this service, beyond its brick-and-mortar locations, in a way that makes its new backers happy.

With new capital under its belt, Juno is looking to expand its team and services to East Atlanta, Greenwood and Inglewood.

“We don’t think you should have to click 35 times just to figure out what your vitals were at your last appointment or to see your labs,” Hinson said. “The Juno story is much more about technology as an enabler of great care – I wouldn’t even call us a digital health company, we’re a high-tech healthcare service.”

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