Founded in 2014, Babylon enables users to obtain virtual consultations with doctors and healthcare professionals via text and video messaging through a mobile app. It operates the GP at Hand service in the U.K., which gives users access to an NHS GP. Investors include Hoxton Ventures, Kinnevik AB, and the creators of Google DeepMind.
Founder Ali Parsa claims that Babylon is the beginning of the end for the old fashioned way the world uses healthcare. Since 2016, Babylon has provided consultations via its Babel app to Rwandans. It partners with Rwanda's regionally managed health insurance schemes, the Mutuelles de Santé. Users pay FRw500, which is about 58¢, per consultation.