We had the good fortune of connecting with Mohamed Kamara and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mohamed, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Mohamed Kamara is the founder and CEO of InovCares Connected Comprehensive Healthcare, LLC. He was inspired to develop InovCares following the tragic loss of both his sister and his aunt to preeclampsia, a preventable pregnancy complication. With InovCares, saving lives is our highest goal. Saving money just happens to be a pleasant side effect.
Every woman deserves high-quality, affordable care. However, every year 500,000 women between ages 15 to 49 die
from pregnancy-related complications. Worse still, two-thirds of these deaths are preventable. According to the CDC, pregnancy-related death occurs 3.3 times more often for African American women than white women. Studies have shown that a significant driver of this crisis is implicit bias.
Racial disparity in healthcare costs us money, unnecessary suffering, and ultimately, lives lost. Far too often, women’s
early symptoms and warning signs are dismissed, leading to unnecessary, costly, and potentially deadly complications that should have been easily preventable. These problems are wide-ranging, affecting far too many patients and costing
us money and precious lives. Untreated chronic conditions drastically increase the risks of pregnancy complications, including preeclampsia, premature birth, and even death. As just one example among many, unmanaged
diabetes increases the risk for premature birth, congenital disabilities, and even pregnancy loss. It’s the same story for
nearly every untreated chronic condition, whether it is diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, or even just premature birth.
The costs associated add up quickly. According to a study published by HHS, in 2009 the average medical expenses for a full-term baby’s first-year amount to only $3,325. That figure balloons up to a whopping $190,467 if the baby’s born preterm, before 28 weeks. These costs continue to rise throughout the baby’s early life. Again, just the annual societal,
economic burden of pre-term delivery alone was estimated in 2005 to be a whopping 26 billion dollars. And that was
back in 2005. Even that is only the monetary cost. The human cost is immeasurable.
InovCares Connected Comprehensive Healthcare, LLC is a direct-to-patient digital health marketplace platform that
uses artificial intelligence (AI) to deliver personalized primary care for a wide variety of clients. InovCares’ behavior
change platform is dedicated to providing preventative care to women of color, bridging vital gaps in healthcare access
and care. InovCares operates in a similar way to Uber; as a two-sided network, we simply connected patients and healthcare professionals. InovCares is one of few major digital health marketplace systems, allowing users to verify provider availability quickly, which reduces patient wait times compared to traditional booking systems.
Patients can use InovCares to find available appointment times for doctors and book them online, making informed decisions based on verified ratings. InovCares helps to lower no-shows by not only filling last-minute vacancies in
doctors’ schedules, but also by providing patients with personalized reminders about appointments, check ups, and important health data.
The InovCares model is centered on the patient. As a result, using our unique healthcare marketplace to
schedule appointments is completely free. Our company’s principal source of revenue is a subscription fee that doctors pay in order to receive the many benefits of the InovCares network.
InovCares connects doctors with patients, boosts their practice’s efficiency, and helps fill last-minute cancellations, maximizing their earning potential. In addition to our streamlined appointment process, InovCares combines patented
NASA technology with AI-assisted smartphone photography to provide personalized health reports for patients,
inspiring mindful health & fitness decisions. When a user signs up, they start by using their smartphone’s camera to scan
themselves, which the app’s AI technology uses to analyze the body and create a 3D model. The original video is then
automatically deleted. The app uses that 3D model to generate 3 separate unique health reports, which guides the patient toward health improvements and lifestyle changes.
The app also provides patients with a personal health tracker, guiding them through improving their health and
rewarding them for positive steps. The app also provides secure, built-in HIPAA-compliant video call consultations with doctors, as well as text messaging and voicemails. After their appointments, patients can also get any prescriptions needed, either delivered to them at home or picked up at their local pharmacy. The app also
provides vital, reliable drug information, helping the patient maintain compliance and safety
with their doctor’s orders.
For providers, it’s easy to maintain connections with their patients, via the many built-in HIPAA-compliant communications options, whether texting, voicemails, or video chats. Physicians are able to process patient payments directly through the app, and deposit earnings directly into their back accounts. It’s quick, efficient, and facilitates high quality care. Our users’ best interests come first, and our principles and professional ethics guide everything we do. We ensure that we are kept to the highest industry standards by accurately and thoroughly answering our customers’ needs.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
InovCares is a mission-driven organization successfully transforming how people access and experience healthcare. We are focused on high quality, low cost creative digital solutions that improve health around the world.
Our greatest competitive advantage is our deep understanding of the current gaps within the healthcare market that predominantly affect women of color throughout pregnancy, delivery, and beyond. These gaps, when combined with the effects of implicit bias, are not only costing our society a great deal of money, but also leading to an unacceptable loss of life. Those losses – both monetary and human – can and should be prevented. InovCares will be at the forefront of that effort. In addition to that, we take great pride in our excellent, user friendly, advanced technology, and the personalized service it enables. We have built a strong reputation, are close to the key markets we serve, and have a fair pricing strategy. All of this is led by our team, built upon a combined experience of 50+ years in the US healthcare industry. Each of us is determined to create a company culture where both our users and our employees are well taken care of.
Within our segment of the market, our benefits plan will be among the best, ensuring that everyone on the
InovCares team will be happy to develop the company and help us achieve our goals and objectives.
InovCares provides an intuitive marketplace platform, enabling women to easily connect with healthcare professionals and actively engage in managing and improving their own health, leading to better outcomes, saved money, and saved lives. We focus on behavioral and lifestyle changes, tailored predominantly to the needs of women of color, in order to
decrease the risks of costly & dangerous pregnancy complications. By streamlining the process of connecting patients and doctors, and meeting the needs of this underserved population, InovCares is bridging vital gaps in our current healthcare environment.
The building blocks and foundation of building this company hasn’t been easy because of the sacrifices of leaving the traditional 9-5 work environment to pursue a purpose to ensure every women and her family that walk into the hospital or chooses at home delivery option can have a safe delivery/birth supported with great prenatal, postpartum care, and other social services such as great mental healthcare, healthy and nutritious food, excellent daycare services and supplies for the child, and a safe community to raise that child.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would take them to Mercedes-Benz Stadium for an Atlanta United FC soccer game, a fixed-wing introductory flying lesson, go skydiving, enjoy some go kart racing, spend a day or two at Chateau Elan for wine tasting and massage, and Kabobland for their Mediterranean style food, and eat at Ms. Iceys Kitchen & Bar, the brunch and music is amazing. Also, I enjoy good African dishes from Bamba Cuisine, and solid salsa and bachata style dancing lounge/bar will be a way to end the week.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Incorporated in Maryland as an LLC in 2018, InovCares is now headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Our Founder, Mohamed Kamara, serves as our CEO and is joined on the board by our CTO Lovemore Chirombo, and Chanae Brown, our head of Product Partnership.
Our Advisory Board is made up of industry experts and prominent physicians, including Dr. Nelson Alawode, MD, MBA, and Dr. Loleta Robinson, MD, MBA. We’re fortunate to have the support of Lynn Shapiro Snyder, JD who is Senior Member Healthcare & Life Sciences Law at Epstein, Becker & Green P.C., Laurent Guinand, PhD who is former VP of Strategy at AARP, Steven Muller, MBA who is current Global Head of Partner Solutions for Google Play, and current Director of the Housing & Urban Development DC & National Capitol Area Field Office, Marvin Turner, JD, MBA.
Lastly, our investor, Jumpstart Foundry, out of TN, support partners such as Google for Startups Founder Academy, Jewel Burks and team, 1776 Accelerator, the Halcyon Incubator team out of DC, and venture partner, Ade, from 1863 Ventures, and National Black MBA Association Accelerator.
Other: Website: https://inovcares.com/InovCares mobile apps: iOS Provider: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/inovcares-providers/id1515456403 Google Provider: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.inovcares.physician Google Patient: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.inovcares.patient iOS Patient: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/inovcares-patients/id1514767987 InovCares podcast: The Empowered Patient Podcast – https://inovcares.com/podcast Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jt3wELRO8PnrOa9D277yC Anchor: https://anchor.fm/inovcares Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-empowered-patient-podcast/id1496580858?uo=4
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