HealthLeap raises $1.1M pre-seed to reduce malnutrition in hospitals with clinical AI assistant – TechCrunch

Malnutrition is highly prevalent among hospitalized patients in the United States, and its cryptic prevalence is increasing. In the midst of this problem lies an opportunity to improve Inclusive Quality patient care, improved clinical outcomes, and reduced costs.

This is the impetus for South African-based health tech startup HealthLeap, which is focused on the global healthcare market starting with the United States. The startup provides a clinical assistant for dieticians working in hospitals. It came out of disguise to announce its $1.1 million introductory round led by deep tech investor Fifty Years.

Malnutrition occurs when there is a deficiency, excess or imbalance of nutrients in people’s bodies. This can cause significant negative effects on people’s physiology and clinical outcomes.

People with diseases can become malnourished when they are unable to eat sufficient quantities or quality of food, or their diet does not reach the appropriate levels of nutrients to compensate for the specific nutritional needs caused by the disease.

Healthlip It says it is building AI-powered tools for healthcare professionals to better tackle malnutrition in hospitals.

“As a clinical dietitian, I have seen many patients with malnutrition insufficiently treated in hospitals, partially Because clinical nutritionists Suffering from a shortage of staffOther doctors are not enough Trained in clinical nutrition,” Clinical Dietitian and Head of Research Jemima Meyer TechCrunch said.

“I wanted to help dietitians do the complex clinical calculations they do continuously It suits each patient’s condition and their changing medical condition.”

Mayer hacked the first version of the research-backed productivity tool to help colleagues make calculations and make decisions with the latest clinical research and treat more patients in less time.

With her brother and CEO Josiah Meyer and CTO Ray BottaThey standardized the process, and that’s how HealthLeap was launched in April 2021.

The company’s AI-based clinical assistant product he is called NutriLeap. Its HIPAA-compliant mobile app helps hospital dietitians (and soon other healthcare providers they collaborate with) with automated clinical accounts and research-backed suggestions. With this, they can determine exact and personal nutritional needs Significantly faster for patients.

“We anticipate optimal treatment steps to ensure patients receive adequate nutrition,” said Chief Technology Officer Bhuta. “Decisions made by clinicians within our app combined with data from other sources, including EHR integration, will further improve our outlook.”

The app uses 50 dietitians in a special beta program. The company said it has a waiting list of nearly 1,000 nutritionists, pharmacists and doctors.

HealthLeap founders: Ray Botha, chief technology officer: Josiah Meyer, CEO; Jemima Meyer, CRO

Malnutrition in hospitals Associated with 3-5 times the death rate during hospital stay. He. She affects 30-50% of patients, but only 5% be diagnosed. HealthLeap says it wants to eliminate malnutrition in hospitals globally. But now, he focus in the United States because of the possibilities opened by the new US Core Data Standards for Interoperability (USCDI).

we believe In the future where nutrition uniquely Optimum health for every person. We want to help make nutrition data pay for everyone, and start with the people who need it most Urgently“Hospital patients,” CEO Josiah Meyer said. “One important data source that has been unlocked is EHR data due to USCDI standards. “

USCDI standards, approved in July last year, allow health technology organizations to access Previously Health data sources are not available. And with the epidemic Widely Accelerating healthcare professionals’ adoption rates of digital tools, HealthLeap It is expected To gain a large market share through its platform.

moreover To help clinical dieticians and other health care providers (hospital pharmacists, doctors, and nurses) identify patients at risk for malnutrition, HealthLeap also prescribes daily amounts of oral, tube, and IV nutrition to meet a patient’s ever-changing needs. The company said it plans to help dietitians treat patients even after they are discharged from hospital.

HealthLeap is still in the pre-revenue stage. But it won’t stay that way for much longer. According to preliminary pricing research conducted by the company, 97% of target users are willing to pay a monthly subscription fee out of their pocket to access NutriLeap.

Knowing the revenue is good news for startups and the investors who support them. to fifty years, the lead investor in HealthLeap that recently Raised $90 Million For its third and most recent fund, investing in “the next generation of founders who will change the world for the better” is also critical. That’s why the company, made up of 44 unicorn co-founders, has supported HealthLeap.

“It is a tragedy that so many die needless “Because they don’t get the nutrition they need while they’re in the hospital,” Fifty Years co-founder Seth Bannon said in a statement. “By tackling malnutrition in hospitals in a scalable way using machine learning, HealthLeap will save dietitians time, health care providers money, the important Saves patients’ lives. It’s easy to get excited.”

HealthLeap says it will use the seed capital to hire software engineers and data scientists to continue creating smart tools to help clinicians prevent and treat malnutrition in hospitals.

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