10:15 - 10:20 amSunday, September 18
Upper Lobby
Helpsy: an online marketplace and engagement platform for managing chronic conditions
Upper Lobby
Helpsy: an online marketplace and engagement platform for managing chronic conditions
As of 2012, 117 million adults in the US suffered from at least one chronic condition while 60 million adults suffered from at least two chronic conditions. Supportive care therapies such as physical therapy,... Read more

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As of 2012, 117 million adults in the US suffered from at least one chronic condition while 60 million adults suffered from at least two chronic conditions. Supportive care therapies such as physical therapy, nutrition, chiropractic, and yoga have been shown to be effective in improving chronic conditions and increasing overall health. It is unsurprising that 38% of Americans spend over $34 billion per year on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) care to address their health issues. However, few resources currently exist for CAM patients to find effective therapies and trustworthy health experts. As a result, people experiment with multiple therapies and supplement regimens in desperate hope to find something that works. This process can hurt them, and waste time and money.

The Helpsy online platform addresses these issues and provides a reliable and efficient way for sufferers of chronic conditions to find the supportive care modality best suited to treat their chronic condition and to get in contact with the best experts of that care modality. Helpsy was founded in October 2014 by software engineer, oncology nurse, and Ayurveda specialist Sangeeta Agarawal who was inspired to provide a comprehensive and easy-to-use solution for those suffering from chronic conditions. Current online supportive care solutions exist which provide either an online healthcare plan or access to supportive care practitioners and resources, but none exist which integrates the two in one product. At Helpsy, we are targeting the patients who need our care and the practitioners who can administer it through direct sales channels and through large institutions. At the moment, we are initially focused on the $2 billion out-of-pocket cancer symptom management market made up of over 14 million cancer survivors, 20 million cancer fighters, and over 1000 cancer centers within the US which must implement a cancer survivorship plan due to new Commission on Cancer accreditation requirements.

This talk will introduce the Helpsy online platform and will demonstrate our solution as an easy-to-use and cost-effective way to obtain supportive care for the treatment of chronic conditions.

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