It wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that we’ve done 5 years’ worth of digital transformation in the last 18 months across virtually every industry – courtesy the COVID-19 Pandemic. Healthcare is no exception.
Jayanthi Narasimhan is the founder and CEO of healthcare startup WatchRx. She’s been leading this transformation as she worked to solve a personal pain.
She says, “Four years ago, my mom was ill, and her health was getting worse. She was taking as many as 10 different medications daily, and it was impossible for her to keep up with such a complicated regimen. She was readmitted to the hospital multiple times because she took the wrong medication at the wrong time or just forgot to take it all together.
Since my mom lived in India, I used to call her daily to remind her to take her medications. I searched for a simple solution that would remind her to take her medications and keep me updated with her status, but I could not find one. That is why I started WatchRx.”
There is complaining and there is solving. Jayanthi saw a problem and worked to solve it. And now, there is a solution to the pervasive problem of medication adherence. This is especially helpful to seniors and their caregivers.
Big deal? Yes.
Chronic diseases are the leading cause of disability and death in the United States. 40% of American adults take 5 or more medications to treat their chronic illness, including heart disease and diabetes. Chances are that a parent, a sibling, a friend or maybe you are among this group. Many patients are hospitalized because of medication non- adherence – for example, not taking their medicine on time or in the right dosage.