One such obs...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.