The reason is simple: we want to improve access to high quality medical care for rural and underserved populations.
Rural areas account for 97% of the landmass of the United States, but fewer than 20% of specialists practice in these areas. That's unfortunate, because the 24 million Americans over the age of 65 living in these areas account for more than 150 million specialist visits each year. On average, they commute 42 miles each way.
This creates an enormous opportunity. By using telemedicine technology to export their specialists to underserved areas, major metropolitan health systems are able to grow market share and maximize efficiency, while generating substantial revenue for rural hospitals that are now able to provide broader service to local residents.
We are focused on supporting the more than 1,800 rural hospitals across the United States by providing a technology platform so engaging that their local patient populations will choose to access their care locally, rather than commuting to urban communities for medical services. For more about the physician distribution crisis, please refer to this recent whitepaper.
We're using technology to connect urban and rural hospitals, eliminate the issues of time and distance, and solve the physician distribution crisis.
Darren J. Sommer DO, MBA, MPH
Founder and CEO
As both a practitioner of telemedicine and a technology executive, Dr. Sommer understands the importance of creating telemedicine systems that exceed expectations. With a focus on reliability and simplicity, Dr. Sommer’s vision is to deploy Innovator Health technologies so that all Americans have access to the highest level of care.
Dr. Sommer received his Doctor of Osteopathic degree and holds a Master’s in Public Health from Nova Southeastern University's College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Sommer also has more than 20 years of military service and two combat deployments in support of the Global War on Terrorism. It was his work in these austere environments that generated his passion for telemedicine. Dr. Sommer went on to earn his Master’s in Business Administration from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business and he is a Health Policy Fellow of the American Osteopathic Association.