June 24, 2021
Meet the Catalyst 2021 Semifinalists: Keva Health
Take a deep breath in. Exhale. Feel your lungs expand and contract. Millions of Americans are unable to perform that simple action whenever they want, due to rising numbers of asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) cases around the country. The team at Keva Health wants to use wireless to make help people with those conditions breathe a little easier.
The idea for Keva Health was born after the founder’s three-year-old daughter was diagnosed with asthma. “As parents, we didn’t know how to manage her disease and where to start, and were always afraid of ending up in the ER if she had an attack,” said Jyotsna Mehta, CEO and Founder of Keva Health.
According to the CDC, the number of people who suffer from respiratory conditions in the United States is staggering: 25 million people in the U.S. suffer from asthma and 16 million from COPD. And the economic cost of asthma and COPD in the U.S. is estimated at $80 billion and about $49 billion a year respectively, and asthma necessitates nearly 10 million doctor’s office visits and over 1.5 million ER visits a year. Founders Jyotsna and Shail Mehta saw a way for wireless to help reduce those costs while increasing care management.
Keva Health’s founders harnessed the power of wireless to create a remote care management platform for respiratory health. Their mission: to improve health outcomes and reduce costs by using innovative technology for respiratory care.
To help patients track their asthma at home, Keva Health developed a wireless app – Keva Talk – that helps patients follow physician provided action plans and education to track their asthma at home. Additionally, it allows patients to log symptoms like chest tightness, shortness of breath, fever, when and how often they used their inhaler, and other triggers they notice in their environment. This is key data that providers can use to help optimize care for their patients’. Users can also log at-home oximetry tests, peak flow and flow volumes to give their doctors a better picture of how their lungs are working.
This innovation helps streamline care for people with long-term respiratory diseases. It also reduces their time in-office, freeing up clinical staff and giving patients greater freedom.
“We work with allergists and pulmonologists across the country, and currently have hundreds of patients using our app,” said Jyotsna. “We eventually want to have over 200,000 providers on our platform including doctors, respiratory therapists, care managers and health coaches in the U.S.”
In addition to empowering patients to monitor their breathing at home, the Keva Health app also remotely monitors patients with its Chronic Respiratory Illnesses Platform, which uses CDC-recommended EXHALE guidelines to help reduce hospitalizations and emergency room visits. It will also remind patients to follow their care action plans, and allows for virtual check-ins and the ability to review remote patient monitoring reports.
In 2020, Keva Health was named the winner of the Massachusetts COVID-19 Connect Tech Innovation Challenge, a competition for entrepreneurs creating innovative solutions to enhance the resilient flow of data, services, and goods in industries like ecommerce, manufacturing, digital health, FinTech, and EdTech.
Keva Health plans to expand their services across the country, and add additional devices to the platform that will enable more access to connected care for remote patients without a doctor’s office nearby.
We are thrilled to have Keva Health as a Catalyst Semifinalist, and are excited to see how they’re using wireless technology to help so many breathe a little easier.
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