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Risking it All: Why I left my dream job for an SF startup

It was the morning of my first annual review at my dream job as a physical therapist at one of the largest social media companies in the world- and, somehow, I found myself sitting in the meeting, giving my manager my two weeks’ notice.

This came as quite a shock to my manager--as well as myself if we’re being honest. I had moved cross-country from Plymouth, MA five years earlier with my boyfriend (now husband) to experience a new lifestyle and focus on growing our careers. Up until that point, I had been working in your typical private outpatient clinic. So, when I came across the opportunity to dip my feet into the corporate health and wellness scene, working at a state of the art health center at such a large, well-known company, I was beyond elated.

I was truly in heaven. I had no plans to go anywhere else anytime soon. I had the most amazing team. They knew how to have fun but also valued professionalism. We genuinely learned from each other every day. My day-to-day schedule was better and more manageable than any other clinic I had previously worked at, allowing for one-on-one treatment sessions for 45 minutes each. Not to mention the perks went above and beyond. From free meals and laundry, to shuttle rides home, it was more than I could have asked for.

That is why I was completely caught off guard when I was offered a role to work at Muvr, a brand new start up in San Francisco that had officially launched just two months prior. What started with an old colleague emailing me about the company quickly developed into a phone call. Then came the office visit to meet the team. And the next thing I knew, I was leaving their office that day with a tangible feeling that Muvr was not only destined for success, but also, was a company that I knew I had to be a part of.

It was at that moment that everything came full circle. I realized that this was precisely the reason why I moved to the Bay Area in the first place. This was my opportunity to use my expertise to make a true impact. This was my chance to help shape the vision for a company that is well on its way to changing healthcare and, ultimately, to changing lives for people everywhere.

Muvr is a state-of-the-art healthcare platform created for “the purpose of improving and advancing care through the use of technology”. It allows clinicians to integrate big data into their practices through the use of wearable motion sensors while, at the same time, empowering the patients to take more control over their own recovery.

Muvr is starting off by focusing on the areas of orthopedics that will benefit the most from more efficient and cost-effective care plans. Total joint replacements are the most common inpatient surgeries, with total knee arthroplasties projected to grow by 673% and total hip by 174% by 2030. These surgeries range from $16,500- $33,000 per occurrence, accounting for over $7 billion in just the hospitalization costs alone. Muvr works to decrease overall costs, saving at least $4,000 per episode of care by promoting early mobility and significant increases in patient compliance throughout their rehabilitation programs. One of the best parts: Muvr does this all in the comfort of the patient’s own home.

I have been at Muvr for just about two months and am completely blown away by the success that my patients are having. I have not seen this kind of compliance and consistency with home exercise programs with any of my past patients. Most of my current patients, at the very least, will do their exercises once a day, every day of the week--with many of them maintaining a consistent twice-a-day schedule.

How am I so sure of their success? I have access to the data that shows it. Real time data that is transmitted through my patients’ sensors shows me every day if they are completing their exercises and how much time they are spending on them. Their surgeon also has this same access. We can view trends of their pain levels with certain activities each day, see progress photos of their incisions and analyze functional outcomes over time.

My patients are constantly telling me how much more excited they are about their PT exercises compared to past rehabilitation programs that they have gone through. The technology allows for a more interactive and engaging experience which gives them a more active role in their own recovery. As they are flexing and extending their knees, they can watch the range of motion measurement increase or decrease on their screen. This real-time feedback helps ease their anxiety and fear of pain by showing them that they can push into further ranges of motion without causing debilitating pain the rest of the day.

The accuracy of these range of motion measurements using our motion sensors also provides consistent and reliable numbers every single visit--in a timely and efficient manner. Throughout my experience so far, I have also noticed a trend of decreasing numbers of visits needed for patients to recover to their full range of motion and function. I’ve also observed that my patients are spending less time taking their prescribed opioids for pain control.

This data is preliminary, as we need a larger patient pool to continue to accurately analyze these trends. I am however, still incredibly encouraged by the potential impacts that this new delivery model could have on the healthcare industry in the United States. With the addition of Medicare’s newly released CPT codes that promote virtual care, it is clear that the industry is starting to realize the importance of virtual care and the critical role it can play.

In my four months at Muvr, we have been able to improve our patients’ lives and we have the early data to prove it. Our technology has ensured consistent mobility post-surgery as well as return to normal, functional ranges of motion with limited pain levels. Most importantly, it has taught our patients that they can be in complete control of their recovery and push themselves to achieve goals that they initially did not think were possible.

My time so far at Muvr has been nothing short of inspiring. With the advancement of our technology and the massive shift healthcare is making into the virtual space, there is no limit to the overall impact we can have in the industry. With the results I see every day, the risk of leaving the perfect job--and all of the unknowns that came with it--has most certainly been worth it.