Skip the apple a day—the Uber for healthcare wants to bring the doctor to you

Sam Dewey

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An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but a new Chicago company is looking to bring one straight to your door. 

Introducing Orunje (pronounce ‘orange’), an on-demand healthcare service that enables Chicagoans to bypass emergency care clinics and instead opt for primary care that's brought right to their door—with just the click of a button.

“Chicago is an ideal fit for Orunje because we are a unique, one-of-a-kind platform and first to market,” said co-founder Dr. Pardeep Athwal. “Nothing truly similar exists in Chicago. We realize that there is a large demand for a service such as ours and we are bridging that gap.”

The easy-to-use website promises to provide accessible and affordable healthcare at the highest quality possible. To request one of Orunje’s licensed healthcare providers, all you’ll need to do is register on the Orunje website and request a doctor at your location. Within two hours, a doctor or nurse practitioner will arrive at your home, office, or hotel to perform a health assessment, write prescriptions, order lab work, and recommend additional care as necessary.

Orunje’s experienced healthcare providers can treat a wide variety of health issues, from the common cold to pneumonia. With this service, patients can avoid a lot of the pitfalls that typically come with a traditional office or emergency room visit, like waiting rooms and increased exposure to illness.  

For busy, working professionals, it can be hard to find time to fit an appointment into their schedules—and waiting two weeks for care is just inconvenient. Dr. Athwal said Orunje was created to fill a gap in the healthcare system after he found it difficult to schedule a physical during his hectic fourth year of residency.

To find a solution to that problem, Dr. Athwal teamed up with Rushim Bains, Jiangwen Sun, and Rajbeer Sangha, and in March 2014, Orunje was born.

“We can get cookies delivered the same day, a hairstylist in your home, so why not a doctor? Healthcare delivery should be patient-centric and convenient, and that is the vision of Orunje,” Dr. Athwal said.

Part of Orunje’s appeal is its availability. The company is open from 7:30 am to 7:30 pm on weekdays, with weekend hours ranging from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.

What’s more, registering with Orunje is free, and the first visit costs just $35. After your first visit, the flat rate for a nurse practitioner is $99, while a physician visit will cost $169. Patients can file an insurance claim in order to have the visit fee reimbursed.

The team at Orunje currently has a mobile app in development which they hope to have out later this summer.

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