Location: 501 Herondo Street - Unit 34, Hermosa Beach, California, United States United States
Founded in: 2013
Stage: Revenue generating
Number of employees: 1-5
Funding history:
- Date: 03/2014, Seed: $300 k (post valuation: $3300000).
Investors: Kathy Chorba, Ashraf Abou-Zamzam, Jill Javahery, Joshua Parnes, Rashid Bahar, Bobby Massoudian, Jen Jen Chen, Joshua Myer, Tammy Richmond, Andrew Wong, Bryant Oliphant, Bejan Makarechian, Leith Bahar, Fahad-Quentin Bahar, Jay Parnes, Josiah Lilly, Quan Nguyen, Bill Spath, MBA, Michael Newman
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Awards and mentions
Startup Next, a Techstars program, is the #1 startup pre-acceleration program in the world. personalRN was one of eight teams selected to participate in the 5 week program to prepare startups for accelerators and seed investment, by providing high quality mentorship and leveraging the Startup Next global network of investors, mentors and founders.
Box joined forces with The Big C Competition by LIVESTRONG as an in-kind sponsor to offer the Box Collaboration Prize to the team out of 168 semi-finalist that best demonstrated strong cloud-based collaboration between researchers, patients, healthcare providers, social or case workers and family members.

At a difficult emotional time for a patient, relevant literacy level specific information is invaluable for stress relief, education, and motivation. Using a user friendly and mobile interface will allow for compliance resulting in the ultimate goal of best possible outcome.

Jay S. Parnes, Ed.D., Educational Psychologist

The beauty of PersonalRN is in its scalability. As a physician, I can appreciate how pRN uses technology to deliver education to stroke patients, but as a pediatric pulmonologist, I am especially excited to see how it can impact asthma education in our younger patients. In that particular population-where I see 3 year-olds trying to turn on the sink by swiping a finger across it-being tech savvy is the norm. And in these children where disease education is, essentially, boring; PersonalRN can change this expectation by providing an engaging and attractive platform for kids and teens to learn more about their health and well-being.

I am an Emergency Physician at an academic center. I have evaluated this application and it is a very innovative concept that will be very useful in the Emergency Department. It capitalizes on the downtime many patients experience while being treated in the ED by educating patients about their condition. It gives them a clear road map on what to expect in terms of treatment plan. Furthermore, the concepts are presented in a fashion that is easy for the layperson to understand.

As Director of the CA Telehealth Resource Center, I've visited 200+ hospitals and clinics throughout CA in the past 18 months. Hospitals that are understaffed and overwhelmed with patient volume are seeking technological solutions to help with condition-specific, just-in-time patient education and care coordination in order to improve quality of care as well as long-term patient outcomes. personalRN is exciting to me because it not only helps with patient education and care empowerment, it helps health systems save staff time and money. What's most impressive and unique about personalRN is the app is designed by clinicians who are experts in the field, so you know the information the patient receives is timely, accurate and effective.

As an neuro-rehab occupational therapist, physicians refer their patients to me upon discharge to home. Both the stroke survivor and family members are completely overwhelmed and confused with all the information and change that has taken place. Educational and engagement tools like personalRN offer the capability to begin the management of care with the most important parts; knowing what happened, when it happened, how it will affect them and what they should consider. Information and communication is everything to rehabilitation and recovery. PersonalRN promotes the elements of the medical home and supports our therapeutic interventions to meaningful outcomes.

Dr. Parsapour is a very dedicated and highly motivated person, he is truly passionate about his new venture, and that is exactly what made me invest in his company.
Not only is his service excellent, but the dedication and hard work that he has put into developing this application makes me believe strongly in the future success of this company.

Amazing company - personalRN has made it a goal to change healthcare starting with the StrokeApp. Their product informs and comforts the users at a time of great stress.

I love this concept. Customized, curated content specific to each patient and their unique disease/situation. Theirs is a unique solution that approaches patient education organically, and smartly leverages big data and algorithms to do it at scale.


Helping patients become fluent in the language of their disease.
Hermosa Beach, California, United States United States

Patients have heightened vulnerability when receiving a life-altering diagnosis. Changing care-settings, overwhelming handouts, limited language skills & health literacy act as comprehension barriers resulting in frustrated & ill-informed patients. pRN starts at admission to provide personalized education relevant throughout the continuum of care.

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Company description

Patients have heightened vulnerability when admitted to the hospital with a life-altering diagnosis (eg stroke, cancer, heart attack, etc.).  Healthcare providers do their best to explain the disease and rationale for treatment options; however, the rapidly growing patient volume limits the time necessary for adequate teaching and education. The changing care-settings, limited language skills & health literacy can act as further comprehension barriers resulting in ill-informed patients which express frustration in which information and education about their diagnosis, treatment and survival is distributed. The current solutions include printed handouts and pamphlets with overwhelming content for the patient and their loved ones to sift through. Obtaining information online is also is also challenging as medical education resources present an aggregated and comprehensive stack of content, all of which is readily available in textbooks.  This makes it very difficult for patients and families to do disease-specific research and educate themselves about issues that are relevant & personalized to their needs.

personalRN (pRN) has developed a HIPAA-compliant, patient-facing mobile applications to provide disease-specific information to patients and caregivers relevant to their real-time care setting.  The novel & patent-pending features of the pRN template include 1) customized education utilizing artificial intelligence algorithms that are determined by patient-specific data points and 2) require provider engagement and re-engagement from admission to discharge and subsequent outpatient care settings.  This “prescriptive” app requires a licensed provider to enter the necessary clinical information (<90sec) onto a tablet pre-loaded with StrokeApp, which in turn designates specified predictive pathways to provide information directed towards common questions and events surrounding the type of stroke the patient has been diagnosed with.  The tablet would then be made available to the patient or caregiver with an interactive, illustrated platform to provide simple and basic information that can expand in complexity based on the users’ age, cognitive impairments, health literacy, education level, comfort and pace.

The UX/UI design of our apps focuses on patients & caregivers, and we equally value the providers’ experience.  Physicians and nurses recognize the value of digital health, but are slow to adopt technology solutions as many are seen as being obtrusive to the workflow of a busy ER because of impractical data dashboards or technology that has “feature-itis” and less utility.

StrokeApp is designed to be a health coach, or a personal RN, that begins at admission and is always accessible to a patient (or their loved one) after a life-altering diagnosis.  Patient education becomes enhanced thereby allowing effective communication with their healthcare providers resulting in more complianceinformed decisions and better outcomes.  Similar to Rosetta Stone's innovative approach in teaching different languages, personalRN will provide patients & their loved ones the capability to achieve fluency in the language of their illness.






  • Kourosh Parsapour, MD MBA
    Kourosh Parsapour, MD MBA | Founder
    Dr. Parsapour has 15+ years of clinical experience, along with an academic & entrepreneurial background in digital health. He obtained his MBA after his first startup Telepeds was acquired by Specialists on Call within 1y of its inception.
  • Steven Cramer
    Steven Cramer | Founder
    I am a professor of neurology. I research new methods to repair the brain and to improve the outcome of patients. I am very interested in translating these efforts into maximum impact on society.
  • Victor Oliveros
    Victor Oliveros | Team member
    Tech advisor for personalRN, multiple time founder, product manager, and full stack developer. Ceo of Tiptop Health. His team won the 2013 Dreamforce $1 million hackathon by rebuilding as an easy to use, educational, iOS app.
  • Bill Spath, MBA
    Bill Spath, MBA | Team member
    Started healthcare career in pharmaceutical and medical devices over 12 years ago. Bill brings to personalRN experience that has allowed him to manage over $50 million in sales. Held leadership roles in orthopedics, capital sales and distribution.
Business model

Despite attempts to coordinate inpatient education & discharge planning, stroke survivors remain ill-informed & noncompliant which result in rehospitalizations soon after discharge.  These “bounce-backs” account for $17.4B of Medicare’s $43B annually expense to treat patients readmitted within 30 days of discharge.  Ineffective inpatient education plays a major role in preventable readmissions which are mainly due to medication errors, non-compliance, or being unaware of additional resources.  The Affordable Care Act’s mandate to reduce avoidable readmissions has resulted in denied reimbursement for rehospitalizations and Medicare’s penalty program levies heavy fines against hospitals with excessive readmissions.  Therefore, the immediate market for the pRN platform is hospitals and health systems, which are actively pursuing innovative solutions that would alleviate the Medicare-imposed penalties associated with readmissions.

We are starting with stroke as the first diagnosis for proof-of-concept since stroke is a near-perfect model that can demonstrate the impact of effective education on readmissions.  In fact, 90% of 30-day stroke readmissions are avoidable (higher than any other diagnosis) with better inpatient education & coordinated discharge planning during transitions in care.  An immediate reduction of stroke readmissions is a metric that will lend further support to scale our proprietary platform to deliver relevant content specific for other diagnosis, such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, etc.

We've interacted with multiple Southern California hospitals through our pre-existing professional networks and have pending MOUs for these facilities to participate as beta sites. Participating hospitals and health systems will pay a monthly subscription fee, the pricing of which would be tiered to the annual volume of stroke patients. We have a strategic partnership with Verizon Wireless and support for our beta launch through discounted/subsidized bundled mobile packages which would include iPads, docking cradles, chargers, cases, data plans, insurance and technology support. In addition, Verizon has recommended pRN as a preferred partner to their regional third-party distributors, which would provide hospitals with monthly financing packages that would reduce "sticker-shock" and extend the length of the contract. In turn, pRN would receive an upfront payment for the duration of the contract from the distributors and not be subject to annual hospital purchase cycles. In addition, pRN would immediately realize full revenue with no cost incurred for billing and collections.

Revenue would be utilized for hiring of an in-house development team that would provide for on-going iteration and allow our modular platform to be repurposed and scaled for additional diseases.  The development team would also develop additional features or integrate previously developed API's that would monitor, track and enhance compliance with medication and/or outpatient appointments or rehabilitative services (i.e.: GPS tracking with push notifications, medication counters, videoconferencing, etc.). The robust pRN platform would allow the horizontal integration of case-management with risk-management, allowing health systems to quickly identify high-risk, non-compliant patients and better allocation of their limited resources to enhance care and reduce cost.

Our immediate next steps are to initiate our beta launch in October of this year in 3-4 hospitals with initial emphasis on those that have been or are likely to be penalized because of high readmissions (historically serving high volume of Medicaid patients, teaching hospitals, or community hospitals). Upon price-point and readmission-rate reduction validation, subsequent efforts will focus on top-down sales to integrated health networks and third-party payers. Additional markets to be evaluated will include inpatient rehabilitation facilities, and sub-acute nursing facilities.


Competitive advantage

Currently, there are no mHealth patient-facing apps that provide disease-specific education that remains relevant & personalized to the patient or their caregiver. Patient-portals such as GenieMD or direct-to-consumer resources such as WebMD present an aggregated and comprehensive stack of content, all of which is readily available on the Internet and textbooks. These apps and/or websites are no different than the stacks of printed handouts and pamphlets that are provided to a patient and/or their family with content to sift through.  The pRN platform is unique in that it provides "disease-specific" and customized information that is simplified and made available based on the users physical location and setting and adaptive throughout their continuum of care (i.e. ER, ICU, floor, infusion center, hospice, etc)

Additional competitive advantages include early access to the patient and caregiver in their diagnosis and/or hospitalization that continues post-discharge. Given WebMD's recent acquisition of Avado (undisclosed, but reportedly $20-30mil) in order to enhance patient relationship management for healthcare providers, we believe that we are well positioned to further augment the educational offering of WebMD or similar patient-portals with our proprietary platform.

Our platform has received immediate support from our current investors that are made up primarily of healthcare providers and executives, which contributed 85% of our $200K seed round within 5 weeks.  In addition, we have developed strategic relationships to accelerate our go-to-market goals. Verizon Wireless (VZW) has been facilitating access for our hardware and connectivity issues, as well as facilitating introductions to their customers (hospitals) which utilize their communication solutions. Secondly, we have an MOU in place with the American Heart Association (AHA) and American Stroke Association (ASA) for co-marketing and use of the images and video files available in content library. In addition, our content has been reviewed and approved, which has validated us in the clinical community. Both VZW and AHA have committed to co-development relationships pending outcomes of our pilot study.


Kathy Chorba
Executive Director, California Telehealth Resource Center with 18 years of experience in the field of telehealth technology implementation, integration and sustainability.
Rashid Bahar
Managing Partner at TSSC Dubai, UAE. Studied International Business with a French Sequence at Illinois State University and I have a masters degree in International Business from UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School in Dublin, Ireland.
Jen Jen Chen
Pediatric Pulmonologist at Miller Children's Hospital and Health Sciences Clinical Professor at University of California, Irvine. NIH post-doctorate fellow researching impact of digital health on exercise. Loves a good glass of Highland Park 18.
Tammy Richmond
Occupational Therapist and Exercise Physiologist with an extensive clinical background in rehabilitation, and wellness. Innovator in rehab practice operations and management and emerging telehealth technologies and digital health tools.
Andrew Wong
I am an Emergency Physician and Associate Medical Director at UCI Health.  I am also pursuing a healthcare executive MBA.  I am passionate about patient care that is innovative, safe, and efficient.  With this background, I have an ...
Bryant Oliphant
I am an orthopaedic trauma surgeon interested in system improvements, device innovations and healthcare collaboration for better outcomes. I am also enrolled at UC Irvine in the Healthcare MBA program
Fahad-Quentin Bahar
Self - motivated and creative individual with a passion to exceed in life. I am easily adaptable in a culturally diverse environment and can successfully work as a team player. I enjoy travelling and continuously strive to gain knowledge through m...
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Charles Gardyn - Unconfirmed
Quan Nguyen
Seasoned Intellectual Property Attorney experienced in performing and supervising all aspects of patent, trademark and copyright matters in both private and in-house settings.
Bill Spath, MBA
Started healthcare career in pharmaceutical and medical devices over 12 years ago. Bill brings to personalRN experience that has allowed him to manage over $50 million in sales. Held leadership roles in orthopedics, capital sales and distribution.
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Antonio Guade - Unconfirmed
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J. Antonio Quiros - Unconfirmed
Michael Newman
Plastic surgeon in Los Angeles with offices in Beverly Hills and Torrance. Investor in start up companies including several health care related companies.