SeamlessMD raises $1.1M for pre- and post-op patient engagement app

By Aditi Pai
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Seamless MDToronto, Canada-based SeamlessMD, a company that has developed an engagement tool for surgery patients, has raised $1.1 million from BDC Capital, FundersClub and angel investors.

“Surgery is one of the most challenging experiences for patients and families," SeamlessMD CEO Dr. Joshua Liu said in a statement. "SeamlessMD enables hospitals to extend their care into the community and empower patients to better self manage at home. We are proud to learn that we have helped patients catch deadly blood clots after surgery, get infections treated earlier and avoid unnecessary trips to the emergency department."

SeamlessMD has created a patient engagement program, available on tablet, smartphone, and desktop, that helps patients and providers track a patient's progress from before their operation to post-op. Before a surgical procedure, SeamlessMD's tool provides patients with interactive reminders and checklists so that they adhere to pre-operation instructions.

Then, when the surgery is complete, the app offers digital check-ins, self-management tools, and educational materials. Providers can track the patient's progress on their end. The offering can be used for hip and knee replacement, bariatric, colon, thoracic, cardiac, and other high risk surgeries. SeamlessMD used to target plastic surgery but does not anymore.

The company will use the funds from this investment to grow the number of surgery programs it offers and conduct more clinical trials.

In June, SeamlessMD announced that it partnered with McGill University Health Center in Quebec, Canada to test the efficacy of the company's tablet app for enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS). ERAS is an evidence-based program designed to ensure better care coordination, reduce care time, and reduce complications. It covers best practices related to pain medications, bed rest, and intravenous fluids among others.  Researchers conducting the study aimed to identify whether the app would improve adherence to the ERAS care processes and reduce the amount of manual labor that goes into data auditing.