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IndustryMedical care, healthcare, telehealth
Founded 📆2014
Founder 👔Ryan McQuaid, James Wantuck
Headquarters 🏙️San Francisco, California, United States
Area served 🗺️
Key people
Ryan McQuaid (CEO), James Wantuck (chief medical officer)
Number of employees
📇 Address
📞 telephone

PlushCare is a telehealth company that connects patients and doctors via desktop or mobile devices. Its main platform was created and launched in 2014 in San Francisco, California by Ryan McQuaid, a former lead product marketing manager at AT&T's mHealth Platform and James Wantuck, a medical doctor.[1][2]


PlushCare launched in 2014 with a crowdfunding campaign. Initially, it operated only in California but its services have now expanded to include Arizona, Hawaii, Illinois, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Washington. The company affiliated medical doctors come from 50 medical institutions in the United States, including Stanford University and the University of California, San Francisco.[3] The company expands service now to 31 states. Initially, In February 2014, McQuaid launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to finance the new company, PlushCare.[4] Then, on November 3, 2016, the company announced that it received $8 million in a series A round of venture capital financing led by GGV Capital with contribution of Lightspeed Venture Partners and Exponent.[5]


PlushCare provides continuous access to board-certified, state-licensed physicians for non-emergency medical issues such as allergies, bronchitis, pink eye, sinus problems, and ear infection via audio-video technology for consultations regarding medical advice, diagnoses and basic prescription medications. PlushCare makes doctors accessible through their app to diagnose, recommend treatment and prescribe medication for non-emergency medical issues.[6]

In April 2017, PlushCare launched Lemur, an electronic medical record (EMR) based in the cloud, to assist physicians with workflows and data management. Lemur is a cloud-based and HIPAA-compliant tool that allows doctors to diagnose, treat, prescribe and provide ongoing treatment directly from the platform.[7] To this end, the company collaborates with health information network Surescripts, API network provider Eligible and information analytics company Elsevier. Lemur consolidates data, streamlines physician tasks and makes information access easier during a telehealth session.[8]

In November 30, 2017, PlushCare launched the Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) therapy for prevention of HIV in U.S. States where it operates. PrEP is supported by the World Health Organization, Center for Disease Control, National HIV / AIDS Strategy, various state and city departments of public health and HIV / AIDS non-profit organizations. In its PrEP program, the company provides consistent online doctor visits, regular local laboratory testing and prescriptions filled at partner pharmacies.[9][2][10][11]

See also[edit]

  • Connected health
  • mHealth
  • Electronic consultation


  1. "Think you've got the flu? At-home doctor consultation app might help". January 26, 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "App Allows Patients to Access PrEP Through Their Phones". South Florida Gay News. January 3, 2018.
  3. "PlushCare launches telemedicine service with Stanford, UCSF doctors on call". October 15, 2014.
  4. "AT&T alum crowdfunds remote doctor visits app on Indiegogo". Mobile Health News. February 4, 2014.
  5. "PlushCare nabs $8M Series A to prove telehealth can go mainstream". November 3, 2016.
  6. "12 virtual visit services that connect patients at home to doctors or nurses". Mobile Health News. June 12, 2014.
  7. "PlushCare Launches Fully Comprehensive EMR for Telehealth". HIT Consultants. April 20, 2017.
  8. "PlushCare gives telehealth doctors an EMR just for them". Healthcare IT News. April 25, 2017.
  9. "Can Online Clinics Help Get PrEP to People Who Need It?". August 11, 2017.
  10. "PlushCare App Brings PrEP to the Masses". The Pride L.A. August 2, 2017.
  11. "PlushCare App Brings PrEP to the Masses". The Pride L.A. August 2, 2017.

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