San Francisco-based healthcare company Forward secured $100 million in funding to expand its innovative AI-driven healthcare solution, the Forward CarePods, reflecting a transformative era in healthcare led by CEO Adrian Aoun and featuring cutting-edge Health Apps.
Backers included Khosla Ventures, Founders Fund, Samsung Next, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, Softbank, and influential figures like Eric Schmidt and John Giannandrea. Forward aims to reshape healthcare delivery by introducing autonomous, self-serve CarePods.
Under CEO Adrian Aoun, Forward aims to revolutionize healthcare with its CarePods—autonomous modules blending AI, advanced diagnostics, and personalized health plans.
These cutting-edge pods, designed for deployment in malls, gyms, and offices, offer users an immersive experience, providing access to various Health Apps on-demand. These apps cover diverse health areas, from disease detection and biometric body scans to blood testing and mental health support.
Expanding Footprint and Funding Boost
With the recent injection of $100 million in growth funding, Forward plans to double its CarePod footprint in 2024. The company aims to extend its coverage beyond the San Francisco Bay Area, New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia, reaching a global audience.
Forward’s founder, Adrian Aoun, envisions a healthcare revolution by scaling services to a global population. Aoun, emphasizing shifting from the traditional doctor-centric model, said, “Healthcare should just be a product.” The company’s proprietary AI translates clinical expertise and medical research into diagnostic tools and personalized care plans, referred to as Health Apps.
CarePods in Action
CarePods offers users a seamless experience, where they can unlock the module with their phones, choose from a variety of health apps, and undergo diagnostic screenings. Aoun clarifies that CarePods are not entirely “doctor-free”; clinicians review health data remotely, ensuring the highest standards of care. The modules cover a spectrum of health assessments, from heart health to skin cancer screening, all conducted with AI-driven technology.
Forward’s membership starts at $99 monthly, granting users on-demand access to CarePods, Health Apps, blood testing, 24/7 care team support, and virtual visits with Forward doctors. The company prioritizes preventive care and continuous therapy, offering a comprehensive healthcare solution.
Forward’s Growth Trajectory
Founded in 2016, Forward has secured a total funding of $657 million, reflecting its success in the evolving healthcare landscape. The latest funding round, including backers like Khosla Ventures and Softbank, propels Forward’s mission to transform healthcare into an accessible and scalable product.
Adrian Aoun likens Forward’s approach to a healthcare computing revolution, intending to power the new wave of healthcare. The company envisions deploying CarePods in diverse locations, from malls and offices to airports and sports stadiums, with plans to open the platform for third-party app development.
Forward’s CarePods stand as a testament to the transformative potential of AI in healthcare. With significant funding and a commitment to innovation, Forward intends to redefine how individuals access and experience healthcare. As the company expands its footprint, the era of autonomous, AI-powered healthcare may be closer than ever.
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