Patients who have suffered a recent heart attack, heart failure or have recently undergone cardiac surgery are often prescribed cardiac rehabilitation.These programs, which typically include exercise training, heart-healthy lifestyle education and psychosocial counseling, have been shown to effectively reduce cardiac readmissions by up to 50% and prolong patients’ life expectancy by 5 years on average. However, only 20 percent of patients enroll in these types of programs, and less than 5% of those patients complete them because of inconvenience and cost. To participate in the program, patients are required to attend 3 sessions a week for 12 weeks, yet the program is often located far away from patients’ home or work, and is only offered during business hours. The program also costs up to $1,800 out-of-pocket, even with insurance coverage. As a result, most patients forgo cardiac rehab and hospitals lose money from readmission penalties and unbillable cardiac rehab visits.
In order to simplify the cardiac rehab process and improve the utilization of these programs, Los Angeles-based startup Moving Analytics, Inc. provides a mobile platform that delivers home-based cardiac rehabilitation programs through patients’ smartphones to help make the program more convenient and affordable for the patient, while helping the health provider generate additional revenue and reduce readmissions.
Founded in 2013 by electrical engineer Ade Adesanya and computer scientist Harsh Vathsangam, Moving Analytics partnered with the leading experts in home-based cardiac rehabilitation at Stanford University to develop their product. Through 20 years of research, the experts at Stanford developed a home-based program that had the same clinical outcomes as the in-person program, yet also achieved a 90 percent enrolment and completion rate. The program has been validated on over 70,000 patients. Moving Analytics secured an exclusive global license to the program in 2015 and digitized it into a mobile app for patients and a case management system for nurses.
“Coming form a developing country, I’ve always looked for opportunities to leverage technology to make healthcare more accessible for people,” Nigerian-born Adesanya said. “This company gives me the opportunity to solve a global problem with tremendous social impact.”
Adesanya and his team have steadily built their company and gained recognition since its inception, placing second at the American Heart Association’s 2015 Health Sciences Innovation Investment Forum Open Innovation Challenge, and signing 10 hospitals – including the Keck School of Medicine of USC, Trinity Health, the Atlanta VA and NYU Langone. However, they see new growth opportunities at the Texas Medical Center with the wealth of resources available to them through the TMCx Innovation Program.
“Personally, TMCx was a great opportunity to come back to Houston,” said Adesanya, who received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston. “[I] left for California because there wasn’t a startup eco system, but with TMCx, things are so different now and it’s really amazing as to how Houston is becoming a digital health hub.”
“TMCx [provided] a great opportunity to bring our product to the Houston market, and we were also excited about the mentor network, because we are entering the growth phase in our company and we need guidance putting the right processes in place,” he added.
As Moving Analytics continues to grow, the team plans on expanding internationally and building their remote disease management platform to include other diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, hypertension and stroke.