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TextEd

by Rohan Bansal, B.S.E.

TextEd is an automated, evidence-based text message patient reminder service that tackles the challenge of medication adherence.

New York, NY Patient Education

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The problem we solve:
Within one year of being diagnosed with a chronic illness, 50% of patients eventually stop taking their medications, leading to an increase in national healthcare costs by 100-300 billion dollars per year. Medication non-adherence is a leading cause of poor patient outcomes, accountable for 30-50% of treatment failures, 33-69% of all medication related admissions, and 10% of hospital readmissions. Annually in the US, 125,000 people die from medication non-adherence alone.
About our solution:
TextEd helps to keep patients healthier by reminding them to take their medication and alerting healthcare providers when their patients are at risk of non-adherence for whatever reason. It accomplished this goal by sending text message reminders to patients at a customizable time while recording responses to send to clinicians. TextEd is an evidence-based service, directly built upon nearly a decade of research conducted by various independent groups at international academic medical centers on similar SMS based interventions. A meta-analysis of all published SMS based experimental interventions has shown an aggregate absolute percent increase in medication adherence among patients using such services to be 17.8%. This study concluded that patients who use a service like TextEd are twice as likely to take their medications.
Progress to date: At present, TextEd is a fully functioning automated service with all major features implemented. We are currently ready to deploy, pursuing large scale implementation within the NYU hospital system. Right now users can sign up for a generalized service on our website by entering their 10 digit phone number at www.textedhealth.com. Please feel free to sign up yourself! To reach this stage, our team has met with major patient education and patient discharge coordinators at NYU and tested our service on a convenience sample of beta testers.

About Our Team

Mr. Rohan Bansal, B.S.E.
Medical Student, Medical Student
Medical school: New York University School of Medicine
Bio: Rohan Bansal is a rising fourth year medical student at the New York University School of Medicine interested in emergency medicine, technology in healthcare, and healthcare administration.
Title: Co-Founder
Twitter: @rxbansal

About Team Members

Scott Kobner
Co-Founder, B.S.
Biography: Scott Kobner is a rising fourth year medical student at the New York University School of Medicine interested in emergency medicine, patient communication, patient education, medical education, and critical care. Next year, he will be applying to residency to begin a career in academic emergency medicine.
Twitter: @skobner

About Our Company

TextEd
Location: New York, New York
Website: http://www.textedhealth.com
Product stage: ready
Sales: Working on it
Employees: 1-2

How We Help Patients

TextEd keeps patients healthier in two ways. First, it reminds patients to take their medication, and second, it alerts healthcare providers when their patients are at risk of non-adherence (for whatever reason). To do this, it uses a simple and well-studied technique - a single daily text message reminder sent at a customizable time. Additionally, it encourages patients to respond to these reminders, recording responses to determine which patients are at risk. TextEd is built upon nearly a decade of research conducted by various independent groups at international academic medical centers on similar SMS based interventions, which have showed an aggregate absolute 17.8 percent increase in medication adherence, and showed that patients who use a service like TextEd are twice as likely to take their medications. These are not insignificant amounts - nonadherence leads to 30-50% of all treatment failures, and almost 125,000 deaths each year.

Challenge Mission

Mission: TextEd is a low cost service to keep patients healthier by reminding them to take their medication and empower healthcare providers to identify high-risk patients to target their education efforts.
Use of funds: As a fully functioning application, our mission as TextEd is to now get our service implemented within the healthcare system. First, we plan to implement a 3 month study/trial version of the service within a hospital system, to beta-test its capability to handle large numbers of patients and assess its success via decreased hospital readmissions. At our current costs and initial rollout for 1000 patients, will cost approximately $5,000, including all server, app-hosting, and database costs. Additionally, to continue to maintain and update our service to best suit our patient's needs, we will need to utilize a developer's skills, which for a project of this scale requires approximately $2,000. Finally, we will requires consultations from legal teams, which we estimate will be $1,000. After our first trial, we will expand TextEd to other hospitals, costing $10,000 - $15,000 in implementation (initial free trials) and legal costs as well as marketing.
Intellectual Property Status: TextEd is an online service and application - hence, we are in the process of obtaining a copyright to protect our source code, graphics, text, and audio-visual content, as well as a trademark to protect our name and logo.
FDA Status: This product is not a device, and hence is exempt from FDA approval.
Personal Message: We are a team of two medical students hoping to bring the use of low-cost, low-effort technology into healthcare. We have already built our service and partnered with physician teams - we are asking for your help to finally reach patients and make an impact. Thank you for your support, and we hope that you will support our efforts to solve one of the simplest (yet most prevalent) issues in healthcare today!

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    05/20/2016 Nancy McKnabb - Hospital Staff

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    05/19/2016 Kevin Maghami - Medical Student

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    05/19/2016 Marvin Forovsky - Concerned Citizen

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    05/19/2016 Kevin Maghami - Medical Student

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    05/19/2016 Marvin Forovsky - Concerned Citizen

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Rohan Bansal, B.S.E.
Medical Student
Co-Founder
New York University School of Medicine

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