HeyRenee is the next home care startup for the founders of Heal


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Hi Renee raised $ 3.8 million for a personal health care janitor, which is the next home health care company from the founders of Heal.

Renee Dua and Nick Desai started Heal in 2014, after a bad experience in the ER with their son. They created a startup where doctors would make home visits to see patients at home or via remote telemedicine appointments. Mobile healthcare has become a huge trend during the pandemic, and it has grown to serve patients in stages.

In seven years, Heal has raised over $ 120 million. But Desai started to think about what he wanted to do next and he left in March. His wife Renee Dua stayed on longer to complete her job as the company’s chief medical officer. Then she also left. For a while, they focused on taking care of their family, and then they started to think about their next startup.

This is where HeyRenee comes in. The company is “your personal care concierge”. It is a service that has similar vibes to Heal in that it focuses on patients and uses digital technology to provide them with better health care. In this case, HeyRenee helps people such as the elderly, the underserved, and those with chronic health conditions manage the care of their patients. The goal is to use the concierge service to link all of patients’ medical needs – from prescriptions to doctor visits – via a digital assistant.

Above: Renee Dua co-founded HeyRenee after taking care of her father.

Image Credit: HeyRenee

Los Angeles-based HeyRenee will be an open platform that will ultimately work with each provider, partner and point solution to organize the mix of services needed for each patient’s specific needs.

Quiet Capital led the $ 3.8 million oversubscribed round, with participation from Mucker Capital, Fika Ventures, Tau Ventures, Global Founders Capital and SaaS Venture Capital. HeyRenee uses the start-up funds to organize digital health partners, build a team of product and engineering leaders, and win the first customers.

Dua, a practicing nephrologist, said in a statement that it is “incredibly difficult for all of us, certainly older and sicker Americans, to follow the many instructions of their doctors.” She said these instructions are the recipe for patients to lead happier, healthier lives, and people need help managing these instructions.

She said HeyRenee’s goal is to build something to finally slow the progression and exploding costs of easily treatable chronic diseases like obesity, diabetes, hypertension and mental health issues by taking the burden of managing health care and making it effortless.

About 85% of people who used telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 had family incomes above $ 150,000. However, the real potential of the digital health revolution is to transform care for those most in need of us, the company said. HeyRenee aims to do this by demystifying and integrating point solutions and previously disconnected vendors to work together in a data-driven symphony in a deliciously easy patient-centric experience, Desai said.

Nick Desai is co-founder of HeyRenee.

Above: Nick Desai is co-founder of HeyRenee.

Image Credit: HeyRenee

HeyRenee intends to ease the burden of coordinating healthcare – from scheduling appointments, home services and drug delivery to telehealth and monitoring symptoms and vital signs, all in one easy to use and very intuitive application. HeyRenee will not provide a true personal caretaker to provide care for a specific patient, but such a caretaker could use HeyRenee to manage a patient’s care, Desai said.

Amit Garg, managing partner at Tau Ventures, said in a statement that the idea was brilliant from experienced co-founders. He noted that his company invests in AI-driven businesses and having a data divide is critical. He believes the benefits that HeyRenee offers will help improve the lives of patients.

The platform is expected to launch in 2022. The founders reminded us that the business is personal. After seeing the consequences of an operation gone awry for her father, Dua saw that her memory was greatly affected. He had new cognitive baggage because the hospital stay had shattered him. She’s become his babysitter and takes that knowledge with her in HeyRenee because she thinks everyone needs a “Renee” as a best friend in their healthcare journey.

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