The Louisiana Startup Expanding From Laundry to Prescription Delivery

The company behind an on-demand laundry service is moving into the medical sphere; Lafayette-based hampr has received an investment from the Healthcare Innovation Fund II to launch its prescription delivery service. The company’s healthcare division, Presto Health, is a delivery platform built for a variety of healthcare scenarios, starting with prescription delivery from the new Lafayette General Medical Center retail pharmacy. Patients in the service area can have their medication delivered the same day following discharge from the hospital, a telemedicine visit, primary care visit, visit to the ER, urgent care or a clinic.

hampr laundry launched at the start of 2020. Users can schedule wash-and-fold services via the mobile app, with membership or single service options. And, while laundry and prescriptions seem like two different worlds, it’s the company’s platform that allows it to move into the healthcare sector. Company founder Laurel Hess told Market Screener, “We built an asset-light, ultra-scalable platform with profitable margins – something unheard of in this space. When we were approached by Lafayette General Health to deliver prescriptions, we realized that what we actually built was a world-class, flexible last-mile delivery platform perfectly suited for a variety of use cases.”

The prescription delivery program is expected to launch this year, and move into New Orleans by 2021.

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