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Healthcare matchmaker WellClicks raises $1 million

Tue, 06/15/2010 - 6:39am
Mass Device

By Brandon Glenn

WellClicks, a startup that promises to match consumers with health providers, raised $1 million from seven investors in an equity offering, according to a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

WellClicks isnt looking to raise any more cash at the moment, COO and co-founder Mark Prondzinski said.

"We have met our current capital needs," Prondzinski said.

The company aims to connect consumers with a wide variety of health and wellness providers that most closely fit with their stated preferences, such as gender, language spoken, location and types of insurance accepted. The company offers "matchmaking" services for primary care, dentists, eye care, acupuncture, massage therapy and a variety of other specialties. Providers who have signed up for the service can offer patients the ability to schedule appointments using the WellClicks site.

Consumers use the site for free; providers pay a monthly fee for listings. About 40 hospital and clinic groups have signed up for the service, Prondzinski said.

WellClicks is only available in the southwestern area of the Twin Cities, but the company plans to expand to more of the area this year and hopes to add other regions in the future, Prondzinski said.

WellClicks doesnt offer consumer reviews of providers, but is considering adding the feature.

The company was founded in 2007 and has five employees. WellClicks was spun out of Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia, Minn., which uses its CreateHealth parent company to pursue "new, innovative concepts in healthcare" that lie outside its core competency of running hospitals and clinics, Prondzinski said.

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