CourMed is a healthcare solutions company offering enterprise software and a concierge delivery of healthcare products and services. Founded by Derrick L. Miles, he launched CourMed in 2018 and is the recipient of the Inaugural Google for Startup Black Founders Fund. CourMed is also a part of Microsoft’s Black and African Partner Growth initiative. CourMed is making its mark in the healthcare sector seeing an increase in revenue of over 300% during 2019 and 2020 prior to the pandemic.
CourMed works with community pharmacies to provide a healthcare delivery service to patients from the comfort of their homes. Since the pandemic, the company has expanded its services to include deliveries of the COVID-19 vaccine, monoclonal antibodies, IV Vitamin therapy, and more.
A former healthcare executive, Derrick L. Miles says he was frustrated with the lack of innovation in healthcare. He was inspired to create CourMed after a conversation with a friend who owned a courier company. Like Uber, Lyft or Postmates, they decided to create something similar to provide healthcare services. “CourMed is more than enterprise software and a network of medical couriers; we provide encouragement to each person that comes in contact with our platform,” says Miles.
Pharmacies in urban communities took a hit in 2020. Many closed permanently and others are still rebuilding. In some communities, patients must wait hours to have prescription drugs orders filled. Lack of transportation also creates barriers to accessing much-needed medical supplies, vitamins, and prescriptions. In certain areas, access to prescription drugs, vaccines, etc., particularly for the elderly has been limited. Derrick Miles says CourMed could help create access by having these items delivered to people in their homes. “By utilizing our enterprise software, medical organizations can get healthcare products and services delivered to their patients locally. We are focusing on larger states and areas with a significant population of 50+.”
From the comforts of their own homes, patients can get delivery of their medicine from the company’s securely vetted network of crowdsourced drivers. This innovative technology enables patients who are unable to physically come to pharmacies or clinics to obtain live interaction like an in-person visit.
“What keeps our delivery engine humming is our unique crowd-sourced driver pool. We know that many retirees and stay-at-home parents desire some kind of part-time or flexible employment. These two core groups comprise of the bulk of our drivers because they also offer an intangible asset-their empathy to the patients”-Derrick L. Miles
Miles says his long-term vision for CourMed is to build it up where it would be ready to be acquired and used on a larger scale in the industry. CourMed is creating access to healthcare in areas that have been disproportionately affected by medical and healthcare inequities.
For more information on CourMed visit their website.