Imperative Care has announced the formation of digital health startup Kandu Health as an independent company, with the aim of “changing the course of stroke recovery and post-acute care”.
Kandu is set to offer remote clinical support from Kandu Navigators, who are licensed healthcare professionals providing education, resources and guidance, tailored to each participant. The company’s educational content and clinical programming have been developed in collaboration between stroke survivors, care partners, and clinicians, representing more than 10 disciplines of medicine.
Kandu’s services will be delivered primarily through an app, and further supplemented by in-app tools and support groups. The company also works closely with client healthcare institutions to ensure that care is well integrated and coordinated with existing programming.
Imperative has also announced that Tudor Jovin (Cooper University Health Care, Camden, USA), an internationally renowned researcher and practitioner in the treatment of stroke and other cerebrovascular disorders, has joined Kandu as chief medical officer.
“The Kandu platform serves as a bridge for stroke survivors, guiding them along their care plan and beyond after leaving the hospital,” said Jovin. “It also gives the survivor’s healthcare team new visibility and insights into the quality of life and long-term outcomes for patients who have returned home. Our hope is that this combination of technology and human care will decrease secondary events, and help survivors maximise their potential for prevention and recovery after stroke.”
“The formation of Kandu Health as an independent company will allow us to scale our programmes to bring critical support to people affected by stroke,” added Kirsten Carroll, Kandu’s general manager. “We are honoured to have Dr Jovin’s expertise and guidance. With the support of our team of stroke survivors and healthcare professionals, Kandu Health is empowering stroke survivors to take charge of their recovery and achieve their best life after stroke.”
“Our commitment to transforming the full continuum of care for people affected by stroke and other vascular conditions is rooted in the reality that the challenges for these patients do not end when they leave the hospital,” said Imperative chairman and CEO Fred Khosravi. “Our strategy at Imperative Care has been to foster connected innovations across multiple development programmes that can, in turn, connect care across the entire patient journey. Through this formation as an independent company, Kandu Health will focus on its digital health platform and scale its critical patient solutions rapidly.”