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MyCatholicDoctor: low-cost telehealth for the uninsured and vulnerable populations

MyCatholicDoctor has a team of telehealth physicians ready to see and treat the uninsured and vulnerable for COVID-19 and other concerns.

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MyCatholicDoctor is a nationwide not-for-profit telehealth practice that brings a team of faithful medical professionals to patients through video-based health consultation on almost any smartphone, computer or tablet. We see all people regardless of religious affiliation. Our physicians are motivated by a desire to treat the poor and vulnerable. We have a unique financial model that aims to accommodate different healthcare payment methods, including free and $10 care for the uninsured. We can initiate your medical care virtually, order any necessary labs, and send prescriptions to any pharmacy of your choice. Most of the time we can take care of all of your needs through convenient, affordable virtual care. If in-person care is necessary, our providers will invite you to be seen in their office or refer you to a local provider they trust and recommend. We care for the body, mind a soul. 

What is the need are you focusing on?

Telehealth for the uninsured and vulnerable populations

Which type of submission are you sharing?

  • Sharing an actual pivot your organization has already made

Describe the business pivot or adaptation in 3-4 sentences.

We provide a team of healthcare professionals, a user-friendly telehealth platform, and a very-low cost telehealth kiosk, at about 10% of the cost of major telehealth organizations.

Do you plan to implement this solution?

  • Yes

Describe the impact that this solution will create in the world.

COVID care for the uninsured and vulnerable populations prevents the spread of disease and spreads lives.

What is the name of your business or organization?


What does your business/company do? Whose needs does your business/company address? Who do you serve?

MyCatholicDoctor has three business assets: 1) A team of skilled, credentialed healthcare providers who are motivated by ethics to treat the poor and vulnerable 2) User-friendly advanced telehealth technology that we developed 3) Telehealth kiosks that we offer at a fraction of the price of other vendors without loss of function

What is your profession?

I am a physician

Where are you located (country)?

New Canaan, CT, USA

Where are you located (region)?

  • North America

What industry is your business/company in?

  • Healthcare/Medical

How many people does your business/company employ?

  • 50-249

How old is your business/company?

  • 2-5 years old

Which classification describes your organization/business?

  • Nonprofit/NGO

What kind of stakeholders and partnerships are needed to pursue this solution?

  • Funding- Grants
  • Funding- Loans
  • Funding- Investment
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- NGOs
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Private Sector
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Government
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Civil Society Groups
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Grassroots/Community Groups

Do you need help building partnerships and finding partners?

  • Yes

If Yes to the above, please share 1-2 sentences describing the specific help you desire.

We need to partner with: 1) healthcare organizations that want to partner to apply for government telehealth grants 2) private donors and foundations

What do you think are the main barriers to implementing this solution?

1) Funding for administrative services-- our CEO, technology team, board of directors and even our law firm currently donate all their services. We need a more sustainable long term plan. 2) Cost to pay providers for care of the uninsured

Are you aware of any open source efforts, hackathons or other collaborative efforts related to your solution? Are you participating in these efforts?


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Photo of Isaac Jumba

Great to have you on the challenge Kathleen Berchelmann and team. Really interesting to learn the pivot your organization is making. Could you share more information on how the progress has been so far?