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'Virtual nurse' company raises seed money

September 25, 2014
by Richard R. Rogoski
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San Francisco-based, a company that has developed a "virtual nurse" platform, announced that it has raised $1.2 million in seed funding.

Launched in 2013, uses an avatar-based technology and sensor system that allows clinicians to personally monitor and stay in touch with patients/residents, especially those with chronic illnesses.

Patients/residents can use the nurse avatar, named "Molly" to check in and report symptoms or ask questions while healthcare providers can get real-time data and intelligent analytics provided by the platform's advanced sensor system through a special clinician portal.

"In the face of healthcare reform, declining reimbursements and the urgent imperatives of managing population health in the new value-based environment, physicians are challenged like never before to provide high quality care for more and more patients," said Ivana Schnur, MD, PhD, co-founder and chief medical officer in a press statement. "By leveraging's natural user interface patient engagement platform, our customers are meeting these challenges while also maintaining the warm human touch that is so essential to quality, effective healthcare."