Even though 80% of strokes are preventable, it remains the leading cause of disability worldwide & the fifth cause of death in the US. The annual cost burden of stroke is expected to rise from $33.6B to $183B by 2030. There exists not a gap, but a chasm between optimum stroke management and the current care provided, which is "too little or too late." Every second (literally) counts for stroke victims, as first-responders race against time to transport the patient to the designated Stroke Center hospital so the patient may be eligible to receive a life-saving (but risky) "clot-buster" medicine, tPA. With coordinated care & seamless transfers, the narrow 4-6 hour therapeutic window can be achieved to extinguish the debilitating symptoms that are life-altering for survivors & their loved ones. Sadly, of the 800K people that annually suffer a stroke, 230K victims are eligible to receive tPA, yet 75% of patients remain UNTREATED because of barriers to timely tPA therapy.

One such obs...
Even though 80% of strokes are preventable, it remains the leading cause of disability worldwide & the fifth cause of death in the US. The annual cost burden of stroke is expected to rise from $33.6B to $183B by 2030. There exists not a gap, but a chasm between optimum stroke management and the current care provided, which is "too little or too late." Every second (literally) counts for stroke victims, as first-responders race against time to transport the patient to the designated Stroke Center hospital so the patient may be eligible to receive a life-saving (but risky) "clot-buster" medicine, tPA. With coordinated care & seamless transfers, the narrow 4-6 hour therapeutic window can be achieved to extinguish the debilitating symptoms that are life-altering for survivors & their loved ones. Sadly, of the 800K people that annually suffer a stroke, 230K victims are eligible to receive tPA, yet 75% of patients remain UNTREATED because of barriers to timely tPA therapy.

One such obstacle is the National Institute of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS), a standardized clinical assessment tool to quantify stroke severity, which can be performed by a neurologist in 10 minutes. However, non-neuroscience doctors & nurses require more time, often exceeding 30 minutes. Despite being well-validated, reliable and mandated as a pre-therapy baseline exam, the NIHSS is underused or ignored by many ER providers that see it as "confusing" with "unclear instruction" and "complicated scoring rules." While the NIHSS bottleneck accounts for only a small portion of delays, a 5% increase in the use of tPA nationwide would result in 30K patients that avoid permanent disability & a net cost saving of $100M for Medicare.

From the onset of stroke symptoms, StrokeCalc is a mobile app for emergency care providers that is more efficient & easier to use than the current clinical assessment tool, reducing the time from 30min to 10min. A democratized NIHSS calculator will permit its use in the pre-hospital setting by first-responders, which would eliminate 10 minutes in the ER for the more timely use of tPA. As the provider enters data on the patient’s stroke symptoms, StrokeCalc calculates the stroke severity but also generates content customized to the patient’s stroke symptoms. The StrokeCalc data is “translated” to information that is personalized to the patient or caregiver & transferred to them as StrokeApp, thereby bridging the transition from prehospital to inpatient care.
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Josiah Liily
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Kathy Chorba
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Kourosh Parsapour, MD MBA
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Kourosh Parsapour, MD MBA 15y+ clinical experience in pediatrics, ER, ICU & telehealth; successful exit of 1st startup (Telepeds); Healthcare MBA from UC Irvine 2012
MaryKay Dyes
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MaryKay Dyes Pediatric Neurologist, Medical Director of Pediatric Neurology at Long Beach Miller Children's Hospital
Michael Newman
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Michael Newman Plastic Surgeon with private practice offices in Beverly Hills and Torrance. Assistant Clinical Professor at UCLA School of Medicine.
Bobby Massoudian, MD
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Bobby Massoudian, MD
Alireza Fathi, MD MBA
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Alireza Fathi, MD MBA
Ramin Javahery, MD
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Ramin Javahery, MD
Nancy Samolitis, MD
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Nancy Samolitis, MD
Mina Sharifi, DDS
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Mina Sharifi, DDS
Lisa Bibby
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Advisors

Andrew Wong
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Andrew Wong Medical Director of the Department of Emergency at UC Irvine Health. Graduate of the UCI Healthcare Executive MBA program in 2015.
Anne Cocquyt
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Anne Cocquyt Energetic, inspirational serial entrepreneur with can-do attitude
David Etebari
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David Etebari Business planning, development & management. Real-estate loan origination, acquisition & sales. Human rights organization & advocacy.
Kathy Chorba
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Stephen Errico
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Stephen Errico Retired Big 4 consulting partner with experience in technology, financing.
Nate Phillips
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Nate Phillips
Arthur Gruen
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Arthur Gruen

Employees

Ilya Vlasov
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Ilya Vlasov Senior iOS Developer Software engineer with 5+ years of experience. Academic interest in machine learning, mathematics, physics and neuroscience.
Joe D'Iorio
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Joe D'Iorio VP Sales & Marketing
Katherine Storen
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Katherine Storen CNO (Nursing) 15y+ Peds Critical Care RN (clinical & admin) - successful implementation of Diabetic Ed at multiple hospitals - Healthcare MBA from UCI
Magda Piechota [LION]
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Magda Piechota [LION] UI/UX I am a UX/UI designer with extensive background in the ICT.

Recommendations

Andrew Wong Advisor at personalRN

Kourosh always strives to be on the cutting edge of technology improving the way we deliver healthcare to patients. He is hard working and it has been awesome working with him as an advisor.

Dave Whelan Strategic Advisor at Nurse At Your Door

Kourosh is an extremely smart, creative, and driven entrepreneur in the healthcare space. He’s proven himself as a start-up founder, and he continues to innovate with personalRN. On top of all of that, he is always happy to help other entrepreneurs and start-ups as a leading member of the SoCal healthtech innovation community.

Anne Cocquyt CEO at The GUILD - Global Women Network

personalRN is a startup that solves a real need critical for patients, physicians and care givers. I joined the team as an advisor fully committed to connect PersonalRN to my contacts at Genentech and in the digital health world because I believe in the incredible talent Kourosh was able to assemble as well as the solution the team put in place with the mission to save lives of millions of stroke patients. The approach, the traction, the current products and the witty team put PersonalPN on a path to success and making a difference in our world. I'm proud to be part of this team and have no doubt about the success as a game-changing solution in patient education in the digital health world.

Daniel Ball Product at Startup Next LA

personalRN is an alumni of Startup Next LA, a Techstars program. During the 6 week "pre-accelerator" program, personalRN experience a tremendous growth via iterating on their business model and go-to-market strategy. They came out of the program a strong candidate for investment or continued growth in an accelerator. They have demonstrated validation of problem-solution fit, and are getting traction with early customers and users that should lead to product-market fit in the near term.

Victor Oliveros Co-Founder at Doctory

personalRN is a company that has huge, huge vision and a great team. The company's goal is to help make the world better by saving lives from the most at-risk populations. Kourosh Parsapour is equal parts domain expert and a very talented leader. He and his team have set out on a monumental task but their technical, business, and healthcare chops are more than enough to win.