Each year, doctors advise more than 7 million patients to participate in cardiac rehabilitation, but around 80 percent of them never enroll. “The result is unacceptably high levels of complications, rehospitalizations, and premature death,” says Jared Sieling. Founded in 2017, Chanl Health is a virtual cardiac rehabilitation program aimed at making rehab more accessible and convenient so that more patients are willing and able to participate.
At the onset of the pandemic in 2020, hospital systems were suddenly forced to adopt telehealth options to continue providing care for patients who could not visit in person. To help, Chanl offered its services for free to hospitals around the country. In the first three months of the pandemic, Chanl implemented its virtual service at more than 40 hospitals that had shut down onsite rehab programs. By the end of 2020, the company had doubled its staff to 10 in order to meet a 3,000 percent increase in demand. In 2021, Chanl is on track to launch partnerships with several prominent U.S. health systems, and Sieling expects to more than double Chanl’s team in the Twin Cities.