Imagine consulting a heart specialist without driving for kilometers and spending hours in the waiting room of a hospital. For 31-year-old Harsh Vathsangam, this can be a reality in the near future.
“A lot of healthcare is going to shift from visiting hospitals to home care. A doctor will skype in with patients. Medicines are being delivered to your doorstep. People will only go to a hospital for surgery or, say, for an MRI.”
This Chennai-born engineer, an alumnus of IIT-Madras, is one-step closer to making that dream a reality. Moving Analytics, his digital health start-up based in San Francisco aims to revolutionise mobile health in the field of cardiac rehabilitation.
Cardiac rehab is a programme monitored by a specialist to help patients improve after they’ve had a heart attack, heart failure, angioplasty or heart surgery. It involves exercise counselling and training, modifying lifestyle to manage risks and counselling to reduce stress.
Harsh, however, points out that 80% to 90% of heart patients don’t attend cardiac rehab in the US because it’s expensive and inconvenient, requiring many hospital visits. Moving Analytics, however, offers a technology-based solution.
Its mobile application allows patients to keep a track of their exercise programmes, education about lifestyle changes and counselling in the comfort of their homes, while keeping their doctors updated on their progress.
“The personalised programme on the mobile app sets different tasks for the patient besides setting weekly calls with their coaches. The doctor too can get an instant update on the dashboard,” says the CEO. The app also cuts down hospital visits from 36 visits to two for the length of the cardiac rehab.
While Moving Analytics has tied up with 10 leading hospitals in the US, the digital health company hopes to extend the benefits of its technology to India soon.
Harsh points out, “India has one of the largest incidences of cardiovascular disease in the world. We believe that with our evidence-based technology, we can provide tremendous value to hospitals who are looking to serve a large number of patients with heart disease with low infrastructural costs.”
Harsh hopes to expand their technology to cover other diseases that can be managed from home including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and preventing cardiac care.