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HeyRenee raised $ 3.8 million for a personal health care concierge – the newest home health care company from the founders of Heal.

Married couple Renee Dua and Nick Desai founded Heal in 2014 after a bad experience in an emergency room with their son. They formed a startup that enabled doctors to make house calls to see patients in their homes or through remote telemedicine appointments. Mobile health care became a huge trend during the pandemic and grew to include patients in stages.


Over seven years, Heal raised more than $ 120 million. But Desai started to think about what he wanted to do next and left in March. Dua stayed longer to finish her job as the company’s chief medical officer. Then she went too. For a while they focused on looking after their family and then they started thinking about their next startup.

This is where HeyRenee comes in. It’s a service that has a similar vibe to Heal in that it focuses on patients and uses digital technology to provide better health care. In this case, HeyRenee is focused on helping the elderly, the underserved, those with chronic conditions, and others manage their patient care. The aim is to use the concierge service to bundle all of the patient’s medical needs – from prescriptions to doctor’s visits – via a digital helper.

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

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Open platform

The Los Angeles-based HeyRenee will be an open platform that will eventually work with each provider, partner, and point-to-point solution to curate the required combination of services for each patient’s specific needs.

Quiet Capital led the oversubscribed $ 3.8 million financing round, which also included Mucker Capital, Fika Ventures, Tau Ventures, Global Founders Capital, and SaaS Venture Capital. HeyRenee uses seed proceeds to curate digital health partners, build a team of product and engineering executives, and attract early customers.

Dua, a practicing nephrologist, said in a statement that “it is incredibly difficult for all of us, certainly older, sicker Americans, to follow the many directions given by our doctors.” She said these instructions are the recipe for happier and healthier lives, but people need help coping with them.

She added that HeyRenee’s goal is to finally slow the progression and skyrocketing cost of easily treatable chronic illnesses like obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and mental health problems by easing the burden of managing health care.

About 85% of people who used telemedicine options during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 had a household income of over $ 150,000. However, the real potential of the digital health revolution is to transform care for those with the least financial resources, the company said. HeyRenee aims to do this by demystifying and integrating previously separate point solutions and vendors to work together in a data-driven symphony for a delightfully simple patient-centric experience, Desai said.

Nick Desai is the co-founder of HeyRenee.

Above: Nick Desai is co-founder of HeyRenee.

Image source: HeyRenee

Health care helper

HeyRenee intends to relieve the coordination of the health care system – from scheduling to home services and medication delivery to telemedicine and the monitoring of symptoms and vital parameters via an easy-to-use app. HeyRenee doesn’t provide a personal caregiver to care for a specific patient, but such a caregiver could use HeyRenee to manage a patient’s care, Desai said.

Amit Garg, managing partner of Tau Ventures, said in a statement that his company is investing in AI-first companies and that digging for data is key. He praised the founders’ experience and said he believes HeyRenee will help improve patient lives.

And the founders reminded us that business is personal. After an operation on her father, Dua saw that his memory was severely impaired. He had new cognitive difficulties because the hospitalization had wiped him out. She became his caregiver and brings that knowledge to HeyRenee because she believes everyone needs a “Renee” to be their best friend on their healthcare journey.

The platform is scheduled to start in 2022.


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