Tenzr Health is a Canadian company using wearable sensors, gamification, and healthcare expertise to provide patients with motivation, guidance, and certainty in their musculoskeletal recovery journey.
The Vancouver-based health-tech firm, which launched last year, announced recently the addition of Alertive Healthcare founder Nirav Shah, MD to its advisory team. Dr. Shah is noted as an experienced neurohospitalist and has served as the stroke director of Swedish Neuroscience in Seattle, the largest stroke program in the Pacific Northwest.
“Tenzr’s unique capabilities of gamifying rehabilitation exercises and quantifying improvements in functional outcomes allow providers to monitor patients and provide high-quality care, while also helping motivate and engage patients in their recovery,” Shah said in a statement. “Tenzr’s approach represents the future of musculoskeletal care, and they are on the leading edge in this area, with published scientific studies validating the Tenzr program.”
Shah’s Alertive pioneered the use of digital health sensors to empower providers to monitor patients’ cardiac health using Remote Physiologic Monitoring. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, an unexpected benefit to arise from COVID-19 has been the accelerated adoption of technological solutions such as remote patient monitoring.
“Home monitoring and hospital at-home models offer the potential to transform care and potentially allow a substantial proportion of hospitalized patients to receive care from home,” offers study author Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD. Yet, he warns, “Health systems will need to collaborate with technology companies to accelerate learning and produce greater value for patients, clinicians, and health care organizations.”
Alertive Healthcare was acquired in October last year by Carbon Health. Together, Alertive and Carbon are working as a team to build a health platform that takes care of all patient needs—from urgent care visits to managing chronic conditions.
Having successfully launched in Canada, Tenzr Health aims to build on its momentum by entering the medical-device market in the United States. To do so it is leveraging some expertise from south of the border. The company seems to be heeding the warning of Pronovost.
“As we prepare to introduce our Tenzr Health Digital Therapy Kit into the U.S. market, we will be doing so with the invaluable advice and support of the Alertive Healthcare team under the auspices of Carbon Health,” said Lukas-Karim Merhi, CEO of Tenzr Health. “Leveraging the experience and considerable expertise of the Alertive team will help enable us to execute on both near and long-term objectives, such as rolling out the remote therapeutic monitoring aspect of our product offering.”
“I look forward to bringing my expertise in remote physiologic monitoring and scaling digital healthcare platforms to the table in order to support what Tenzr is already doing so well,” added Dr. Shah.