- A Silicon Valley startup called Carbon Health has been quietly rolling out medical clinics across the Bay Area after merging with a Berkeley-based urgent care provider over the summer.
- Carbon Health offers same-day appointments, easy-to-read lab results, travel vaccines and even some in-house medications.
- The new network is quickly shaping up to be a competitor to larger health startups like One Medical and Forward — only it doesn’t charge a yearly fee.
- Eren Bali, one of Carbon’s co-founders, also created online education platform Udemy and previously made Business Insider’s list of Top 100 Innovators.
When entrepreneur Eren Bali would tell his friends about his dream of building a physical healthcare clinic to complement the medical software app he’d created, they’d always brush it off as a joke.
But starting last year, 34-year-old Bali began making his dream a reality. He began working with Caesar Djavaherian, an emergency medicine doctor who founded a network of urgent care clinics.
This week, he’s lifting the curtain on the project they created together: a network of seven medical clinics across California’s Bay Area where patients can get checkups as well as treatments for everything from broken bones to colds and UTIs.
Called Carbon Health, the new company was born from the merger of Bali’s tech startup — a comprehensive medical app called Carbon that lets you do everything from text with your clinician to order prescriptions and view lab results — and Djavaherian’s clinics, formerly known as Direct Urgent Care.
Carbon isn’t the only clinic startup on the block. One Medical, Forward, and several urgent care chains are all competing for similar patients. The private equity firm Carlyle Group invested $350 million in One Medical this summer, in a bet that consumers and companies will gravitate toward friendlier and more convenient ways of seeing a doctor.
Unlike its competitors, Carbon doesn’t charge subscription fees and accepts most forms of insurance — meaning that it’s often cheaper.
Since Bali and Djavaherian began collaborating last year, more than 100,000 patients have walked through their doors, they told Business Insider.
They’re currently working with NorthBay Medical Center and El Camino Hospital, as well as three other health systems they’re not yet ready to name. One of them is outside the state, the founders say.