Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: More than any other industry, healthcare has been transformed immensely by the pandemic, resulting in innovative solutions for standard healthcare practices. In mid 2020, Khaldoon Bushnaq and Tariq Seksek founded Alma Health, a digital health company dedicated to transforming the typical healthcare experience for people with chronic conditions, providing them with a fully digital experience, from a virtual doctor consultation at the tap of a button, to prescription delivery and ongoing care. The Abu Dhabi startup recognised a gap in chronic condition management and aimed to provide solutions to help transform the lives of individuals with chronic conditions. Alma Health is fully licensed by the Emirate’s Department of Health and is accredited by major health insurance networks.
With extensive experience in the tech industry, Alma Health’s founders Khaldoon Bushnaq, former Head of Strategy for Careem, and Tariq Seksek, former Head of Product for Dubizzle, built a user-centric healthcare company to cater to the estimated 20 million GCC residents that have at least one form of a chronic condition. The Middle East is one of the most impacted regions by chronic conditions, with rates of diabetes, heart disease, obesity, asthma and other diseases drastically increasing year on year.
“Our mission at Alma Health is to create a world where a person’s chronic condition doesn’t complicate their life. We believe that managing your health should be as easy as a tap of a few buttons and that’s what we have created with Alma Health. We are seeing a consistent monthly growth of at least 40% in users since our launch last year, and we look forward to expanding our services across the UAE and Saudi Arabia in very soon.”, comments co-founder of Alma Health, Khaldoon Bushnaq.
The user's healthcare specialists, insurance providers and Alma Health’s physicians and pharmacists are all connected via the Alma Health Operating System, to ensure every user’s experience is as seamless as possible. The team at Alma Health manage all the hard work to fulfil the needs of users, for example billing the insurance provider, preparing the various medications and delivering them straight to the user's door within 24 hours.
Co-founder of Alma Health, Tariq Seksek, says, “With Diabetes and Hypertension being the two main conditions people live with from across the UAE, our team of licensed professionals can cater to healthcare needs from the comfort of the users’homes through the ease of our application. Our goal at Alma Health is to limit the time users spend managing their condition to an absolute minimum and not let the condition rule or complicate their lives.”
Alongside its diverse selection of licensed doctors, Alma Health is accredited by a number of reputable insurance providers in the region such as Thiqa, Daman, NAS Neuron and Oman Insurance.
Since its launch in mid 2020, Alma Health has received funding from Hambro Perks - the Oryx Fund, a global venture fund backing early-stage companies with a particular focus on healthtech. Other distinguished investors include the Oman Technology Fund – Wadi, an Omani sovereign wealth fund, as well as strategic angel investors from Saudi and the UAE.
Alma Health is revolutionising the healthcare industry in the region, and the significant increase in users is resulting in its expansion to Saudi Arabia in the coming months, with the help of its investors.
Download the Alma Health app to book your consultation and start regaining control of your life. The app is available on Google Play and Apple App Store.
*Services available at Alma Health:
For people with chronic conditions & caretakers
- Virtual GP appointments
- Virtual appointments with preferred specialists
- Referrals to specialists
- Prescription fulfillment
- Direct insurance billing and support
- Same day delivery of medication
- Medication reminders
- Automatic prescription renewals
- In-home lab testing
- Access to healthcare professionals specialised in chronic care
- Up-to-date 360° user profile
- Insurance integration and approvals
About Alma Health:
Alma Health is a digital health company on a mission to transform the lives of people with chronic conditions and those who care for them by harnessing the power of technology. In an increasingly digital world, Alma Health has created the first digitally native healthcare experience from doctor consultation to delivery of medication, to ongoing care.
At Alma Health, we understand that time is your most valuable asset, so we provide you with virtual access to our licensed healthcare professionals who are specialized in chronic care. We then do all the hard work to fulfill your prescription, bill your insurance provider, prepare your various medications, and deliver them straight to your door within 24 hours. We will also remind you when your prescription is due for a renewal. Our goal is to limit the time you spend managing your condition to an absolute minimum.
Alma Health is currently available in Abu Dhabi and is fully licensed by the Abu Dhabi Department of Health. It is part of the Thiqa, Oman Insurance, Daman, and NAS Neuron insurance networks. Our platform will expand to service the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the near future.
© Press Release 2021