Wellbe raises $2.4M for bariatric, orthopedic care coordination services

By Aditi Pai
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wellbe-patients_0Madison, Wisconsin-based Wellbe raised $2.4 million for its web-based patient coordination software Guided CarePath from former Pharmacy OneSource CEO Terrence Gibbons, former Baxa CEO Greg Baldwin, former Nordic Consulting CEO Mark Bakken, and Medcor CEO Philip Seeger.

This brings the company's total funding to at least $3.8 million.

Wellbe's Guided CarePaths service helps patients understand and navigate joint replacement and sports medicine surgeries. The basis of this system uses education, action lists, monitoring, and communications to help patients through the care process. The product is meant to help the patient from the decision-making process before surgery to a year after the surgery takes place. 

Care providers can use the platform to prioritize which patients need attention sooner than others. For example, a care provider will see in the dashboard when certain patients are overdue for completing an activity or milestone and prioritize communicating with them. The company's development team is currently working on further expanding the program's care coordination capabilities on the provider side.

Wellbe intended to use its last round of funding, in October 2013, to expand the product into different industries -- the product is currently focused on bariatric and orthopedic surgery programs. While the company has yet to expand beyond those, the company told MobiHealthNews that it is considering applications in back pain/spine and cardiovascular.

New Wellbe clients include Meriter-UnityPoint Health and Methodist Dallas Medical Center. Butler Health System, Avera McKennan, and the University of Wisconsin hospital are also using Guided CarePath in their facilities. Butler Health System is using the technology on iPads in addition to the web version.