SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- PeerWell, whose PreHab mobile platform helps patients prepare both physically and mentally for surgery to recover faster, announced today that it has raised $2.1 million in seed funding led by XSeed Capital.
Founded in 2015 by Manish Shah, Navin Gupta and Evan Minamoto, PeerWell has been focused on its flagship PreHab program for hip and knee replacement patients. PeerWell PreHab helps hip and knee replacement candidates optimize their health before surgery. Leveraging evidence-based health science, the PeerWell app delivers patients customized daily lessons that are proven to improve the results of surgery and speed-up recovery. Pairing each patient with real people undergoing a joint replacement at the same time, support and mentorship are at the heart of PeerWell. "Today the average surgery costs the same as living with diabetes for 33 years," Manish Shah, CEO of PeerWell. "The best way to reduce costs is to enable patients to be as strong, healthy and prepared as possible before their procedure. Unfortunately, today most patients are given a 50 page hard copy book of pre-op instructions which is an outdated and ineffective method for preparing patients. At PeerWell, we are establishing pre-surgical PreHab as the standard of care for all patients, providing an easy to use mobile app tool for surgery preparation. We designed PeerWell to make clinical workflow more efficient by automating everything a patient needs to get done before surgery. This is a rare win for hospitals, physicians and patients." PeerWell's system houses hundreds of evidence based patient modules that are personalized for patients by machine learning based program creation algorithms. Additionally, PeerWell allows patients to engage with others who are facing the same procedure and learn from patient mentors using its secure peer-to-peer communication technology.