Postoperative care is important to optimize the outcome of the surgery and decreasing risk of complications. Hospitals face increased financial pressure, and discharging patients early help cut waiting lists and deliver healthcare more effectively and efficiently. Although studies suggest that prolonged hospital stays are associated with increased rates of complications, discharging patients early put more pressure on the patients and their caregivers to pursue optimal postoperative care. However, caregiver don’t have the expertise or trained eye to know when things are problematic until it could be too late, and health professionals have little knowledge of what happens between discharge and the standard follow-up appointment.
The startup Seremedi is determined to make the clinical and caregiving team work together to optimize postoperative care, and has developed a software package called CareScriptions. The software contains a library of procedures and how to best manage home care after a specific surgery, whether it is surgical oncology treatment, orthopedic surgery, or an organ transplant. Patients are trained in how to use the application, and are given a link to download the software to a personal device. The software include reminders to log vital statistics, take medications, etc., and give clinicians the opportunity to monitor the information and contact the patient via a web phone if irregularities are identified.
Seremedi was founded by Kim Bond Evans after her mother passed away due to complications after a routine back surgery. As she processed the loss of her mother, she took a technologist’s approach to understand what happened. She did research, interviewed doctors, and decided that the problem could be solved. She was determined to create a link between clinical staff and caregivers, and set out to develop the technology that could help prevent what happened to her mother.
The innovative telemedicine solution is based on an experience that unfortunately many have each year. How Kim Bond Evans turned this experience into a business idea is both admirable and inspirational, and has through this acquired a unique understanding of a growing problem in healthcare. Growing re-admission rates suggest a lack of appropriate coordination of post-discharge care, increasing the strain on the healthcare system. CareScriptions could significantly lower these rates, potentially saving hospitals millions. But most importantly, the solution put the patient in focus while giving clinicians accurate information on optimal postoperative measures even after patients are discharged, potentially helping thousands who are at risk of postoperative complications.
The software was launched in the fall 2015, and is currently being used by about 200 patients. The startup charges a $50,000 implementation fee and a per patient fee of $1,000 with volume discounts. They recently raised $1.7 million in seed funding from angel investors, and is planning to deploy their software to teaching hospitals at New York University and Ohio State University.