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Can Do: Housecalls Are Out, Remote Digital Health Care Is In

Nov 15, 2019

After more than 25 years spent running hospitals in Tennessee and Montana, Jeff Fee jumped into entrepreneurship with the 2018 launch of PatientOne. In February of 2019, the startup attracted $1.2 million in venture capital from several funds, including Revolution’s Rise of the Rest seed fund, co-founded by former AOL CEO, Steve Case.

On this episode of Can Do: Lessons from Savvy Montana Entrepreneurs, Jeff Fee talks about what’s new in digital medical care and the challenges of jumping mid-career into the world of startups.

Jeff Fee, CEO of PatientOne.
Credit Courtesy Jeff Fee

What do the founders of PatientOne digital care call “Charlie Brown” mode? It’s your mental state after the doctor schedules you for surgery, as an avalanche of pre and post-surgical instructions coalesce into one big “womp, womp.” Not a great scenario for following important instructions.

PatientOne helps clarify communication between health care teams and patients. Automated interactive messaging, remote capture of physiological data and patient education are just some of the tools in their platform.

Remote patient monitoring is now reimbursable under Medicare and Medicaid, providing Fee with a huge opportunity to build PatientOne into an industry leader.

Production support for this “Can Do” podcast comes from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, dedicated to investing in people to improve the quality of their lives. And from the Greater Montana Foundation, encouraging communication on issues, trends and values of importance to Montanans. And from Blackfoot, providing communications solutions for Montana businesses. Plus opportunities like C2M Beta, an innovation lab aimed at helping startups thrive.