The Story of myNurse
Where We Started
Like many great endeavors, myNurse grew out of personal tragedy.
After losing both of his grandfathers to hereditary chronic conditions at a young age, Waleed Mohsen wondered if the same fate awaited others in his family – his father or mother, or even himself someday – perhaps someday sooner than he wanted to imagine.
As he thought back on the fate of his late grandfathers and other loved ones he’d known who’d had their lives cut short due to chronic disease, Waleed realized how little care and attention they’d gotten for their conditions over the years. They’d been given their diagnosis and some basic advice and then were essentially on their own, left to manage their conditions as best they could.
Waleed realized that when it came to the day-to-day management of these conditions, patients were mostly alone.
Taking the First Step
Having worked for over a decade in business development in the healthcare space, Waleed had also heard countless stories from doctors, nurses and payors about the growing epidemic of chronic disease, which affected nearly half the U.S. population and consumed the majority of healthcare resources. Even so, he learned, chronic care patients spent only a few hours per month at their doctor’s office, and the care they did receive often dealt with acute physiological issues, but made little headway in helping them adopt healthier behaviors and better manage their condition in the long term.
It was clear: Chronic care was broken.
Empowering Patients at Home
myNurse initially focused primarily on offering support for independent physicians who wanted to set up remote patient monitoring and chronic care management services at their clinic.
myNurse supported chronic care patients between office visits with vitals monitoring, one-on-one coaching and care coordination, giving resource-strapped clinics more insight into how these patients were managing their condition at home and allowing them to intervene proactively to adjust care plans and prescriptions. Meanwhile, patients learned new strategies for managing their condition and enjoyed peace of mind knowing a clinician had an eye on their health.
The myNurse team didn’t want to stop there, however. They imagined a world where clinicians didn’t need to be chronic care experts to know how best to help their patients. Where they could get insight into the most effective approach for each patient based on their medical history, socio-economic status, personality, motivation-level and more.
Recognized by leading organizations as an innovator in healthcare technology
Made up of a community of investors, clinicians, and technology entrepreneurs, the UCSF Rosenman Institute’s mission is to help entrepreneurs develop innovative health technologies that will improve patient care. Rosenman Innovators are chosen for their innovative technologies and patient impact.
A coalition of 43 community-based organizations that connect older adults to the resources they require to age in place and live independently, Village Movement California is dedicated to revolutionizing the experience of aging. myNurse partnered with VMC on a 12-month pilot program to support the health of its members.
Designed to solve urgent healthcare challenges, the Sutter Health Innovation Grant gave myNurse an opportunity to work with them on a pilot program. The IRB-approved study that followed found that patients using myNurse were more likely to achieve desirable BP ranges and more engaged in their treatment.
A parter and collaborator with top healthcare and technology organizations
United Health Group
Guiding myNurse with decades of experience in healthcare and technology
In his free time, Wayne loves to spend time with family and travel. In fact, the crew recently took a family trip to Tokyo Disneyland. Wayne says family is at the heart of the myNurse mission and helps drive his passion to improve healthcare for future generations.
Waleed was inspired to start myNurse after losing his grandfathers at a young age to chronic disease and studied biochemistry at the University of California San Diego. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, cooking, listening to podcasts and audiobooks on technology, philosophy, health and meditation and spending time with his family, his partner Tracy and their dog Roxy.
Waleed's favorite quote is from the poet Omar Khayyam: "Your hand can seize today but not tomorrow; and thoughts of your tomorrow are nothing but desire. Don’t waste this breath, if your heart isn’t crazy, since 'the rest of your life' won’t last forever."
Nurses & Coaches
Striving every day to help people with chronic conditions live richer, healthier lives
We’d be nothing without our caring, dedicated clinical team. Working day after day to offer moral and clinical support to our patient members, the myNurse clinical team helps people with chronic conditions reach their health goals one step at a time, forming life-changing bonds along the way.
In his free time, Carlin enjoys spending time with his husband, twin boys, and his dog, Astro, at the beach or on hikes in the mountains. He also loves traveling to new places, baking, listening to music and watching movies.
Jenny loves being able to help change someone's life for the better. She's a huge foodie and loves to travel, hence her favorite saying: "Don't forget to play a little – it's good for your health!"
Kristin has three children and one of her favorite quotes is from Mark Twain: "The secret of getting ahead is getting started."
Pat has been a registered dietitian for 30 years and has worked in acute care, long term care, pharma sales, health coaching and project management. Her professional passion is education and coaching in nutrition. Outside of being a dietitian, Pat is an avid alpine skier. She's in her 31st year of teaching skiing. She's also a grandmother and loves taking her two grandchildren on new adventures where they live in Maryland. Pat and her husband spend their free time enjoying all outdoor activities in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Montana, Alaska or wherever the road takes them.
Sharla has been enamored with the TV series 'Julia' since she was 8 years old. With Julia as her medical inspiration, Sharla crafted her education efforts into learning everything she could about the profession, along with getting certified to prove herself ‘Julia worthy!’ In her spare time, Sharla is very involved with her family, a lover and big supporter of the AmStaff dog breed, and has been an active tap dancer since the age of 11.
Lucy is married with two young daughters, loves being out in nature and practicing photography and is fascinated in particular by natural crystals and stones. She's also a proud vegetarian going on 4 years. Lucy's favorite quote is from the poet Maya Angelou: "Nothing can dim the light that shines from within."
Julia married into a very large family and has a young son. She enjoys party planning, home improvement, and taking care of her 4 chickens. Her favorite saying is "if it can be measured, it can be improved."