Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick joins health startup Kareo
Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has been revealed to have joined healthcare startup Kareo. Since June last year, following his departure from Uber, Kalanick has remained largely absent from all business ventures - until now.
Created to meet the individual needs of independent medical practices, Kareo works to centralise all major healthcare functions through its cloud management platform. The company also provides free support and training to ensure all parties receive consistently positive outcomes.
“We share the vision that independent practices are the best place for building relationships with patients and providing the most meaningful care. In fact, we believe that this is why people become health care providers in the first place,” the company has said.
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“Integrated modules work together as part of a seamless platform, so that you have helpful tools to tackle your toughest administrative challenges. These tools include electronic health records, practice management, marketing, patient engagement and billing software.”
Launched in 2004, Kareo has now amassed 45,000 providers and over 75,00 active users under its belt, raising over $120mn in venture capital funding. With five offices across the US, the medical software company is continuing to increase its foothold over the health-tech industry.
However, Kalanick’s appointment at Kareo is no surprise. Founder Dan Rodrigues, is a former colleague of Kalanick’s, and the two have a past business venture together, music startup Scour. Uber invested in Kareo under Kalanick’s reign in 2009, leading the two to form a positive business relationship for many years.
It is interesting to note that upon announcing his move to Kareo, Uber has launched UberHealth in the same month, but highlights how businesses are increasingly investing in an emerging, lucrative industry on a global scale.
NHS care homes are better than private, report finds
A new survey has found that 60% of people with parents in NHS care homes believe the quality of care has improved, compared to just 49% of respondents with parents in private care facilities.
The survey was conducted by Kepler Vision Technologies, an AI-driven company formed at the University of Amsterdam. It was carried out among UK adults with parents over the age of 75.
Respondents cited more capable care staff and better monitoring systems as being the main reasons for improvement.
However those who do not have parents in assisted living facilities had a different viewpoint - in this case only 35% of respondents believe that NHS facilities are improving, compared to 32% who believe it is only improving in the private sector.
Only 18% of people whose parents live with them or independently believe care home staff are able to look after residents to a good standard.
Kepler Vision say this difference in opinion is due to perceived budget cuts and financial pressures, with 67% of people commenting that a lack of funding has had a negative effect on care in both NHS and private care facilities.
Other key findings of the survey include:
* Out of those who say quality has declined in care homes, 69% say the NHS is dealing with budget cuts and increased financial pressure, while 65% also said that the private system is dealing with these pressures too
* 55% said that they or their parent have money saved specifically to pay for their future care
* 35% said the idea of their parent in a care home makes them feel frightened, although 32% say it makes them feel secure
* 52% are worried about their parent catching COVID
* 47% are worried about their parent being lonely
* 46% are concerned they could fall over alone
The announcement of this research follows the UK government's decision to delay presenting its social care budget till the autumn.
Commenting on the research, Dr Harro Stokman, CEO of Kepler Vision Technologies said: “While it is good to see that people recognise the importance of staff and face-to-face interaction in elderly care, the huge gap in opinion between those with parents in care and those without shows that there are unfair negative perceptions around the residential care space.
"More can and should be done by care homes to give people the confidence that their relatives will receive the very best care - by highlighting the excellent work of staff and how well they are able to monitor resident’s needs with easy-to-use technology.”