Healthcare Start-Up CareMessage Raises Over $3.7 Million In Its First Round Of Fundraising

The Pershing Square Foundation Leads a Philanthropic Campaign to Help CareMessage Improve Healthcare for Millions of Underserved Patients Across the United States Through Mobile Phone Technology

Nov 12, 2014, 10:00 ET from The Pershing Square Foundation

NEW YORK, Nov. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- CareMessage, a Silicon Valley based organization that develops best-in-class technology to improve healthcare delivery and management for patients in medically underserved areas of the United States through the use of mobile phones, is announcing a series of grants that will enable the organization to bring its technology to millions of low-income patients in order to help them live healthier lives. The company's technology platform and associated disease management programs enable healthcare organizations to facilitate text and voice messaging-based outreach to promote greater patient engagement and improved self-care. In the post-ACA era of healthcare, using CareMessage results in both better patient adherence to treatment protocols – and, ultimately, better treatment outcomes – as well as financial savings in operational costs for under-resourced providers nationally.

CareMessage's fundraising campaign, which started in March 2014 upon graduation from the prestigious Silicon Valley accelerator, Y Combinator, is being led by The Pershing Square Foundation, which has committed $1.5 million over two years. The Pershing Square Foundation joins more than two dozen institutional and individual donors, including the prestigious venture philanthropy firm Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, the William K. Bowes Jr. Foundation, Peter Bing, Paul Buchheit, Coleman Fung, Chris Eyre, Joseph Gleberman, Matt Glickman, Wilfred Jaeger, Kathy Kemper, John Kissick, Lata Krishnan, John Levin, Antony Ressler and Gene Tiger Sykes. Collectively these institutions and individuals have donated over $3.7 million in multi-year support, bringing the total amount raised by CareMessage since inception to $4.2 million.

"The commitment of prestigious and innovative philanthropic institutions like The Pershing Square Foundation and the generosity of our extraordinary donors will help CareMessage reach millions of patients over the next several years, moving us closer to our goal of ensuring that America's underserved populations have the medical resources they need to live healthy, fulfilling, and productive lives," said Vineet Singal, Co-Founder and CEO of CareMessage.

These grants will enable the nonprofit, which is on track to reach a million patients by the end of 2015, to continue scaling its operations and impact. In the last 12 months since launching its product, CareMessage has grown to partner with some of the largest hospitals and health systems in the country, including the Sinai Health System and Stanford Health Care. At the same time, the company has provided its technology at no cost to dozens of free and charitable clinics in 12 states nationwide serving over 50,000 patients.

"This is a critical time for healthcare in this country and we strongly support CareMessage's vision and commitment to making healthcare more accessible for low income communities through innovation and collaboration with medical institutions and patients," said Paul Bernstein, CEO of The Pershing Square Foundation. 

In addition to the grant, The Pershing Square Foundation board member William F. Doyle will join the board of CareMessage. 

"By empowering patients to make smarter decisions about their healthcare, CareMessage is poised to be a catalyst for change on one of the biggest social issues facing the country," said Doyle. "I'm looking forward to working with Vineet, Cecilia, Manuel, and the entire CareMessage team during this next phase of their growth."

CareMessage was started in 2012. Co-founders Vineet Singal, Manuel Rivera, and Cecilia Corral are determined to transform healthcare for disadvantaged populations through the use of mobile phone technology. CareMessage received support from Stanford University, and the Y Combinator startup accelerator. In addition to creating innovative technology, CareMessage leverages a unique non-profit business model. It partners with large healthcare organizations that pay to use its technology, and then uses these revenues to offset the costs for free and charitable clinics, which receive the technology pro bono or at a heavily subsidized rate. 

Doyle is a member of Pershing Square Capital Management, L.P.'s Investment Team and a member of the Advisory Board of the Pershing Square Foundation.  He is also Executive Chairman of Novocure Ltd., a company commercializing a new therapeutic modality for solid tumors using low intensity electric fields. Previously Doyle served as an executive of Johnson & Johnson and as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company.

Doyle is a graduate of MIT and Harvard Business School. He serves as a member of the Dean's Advisory Board of Harvard Business School; Harvard Business School's Healthcare Advisory Board; and the MIT Corporation's Visiting Committee for Undergraduate Education.

About CareMessage
CareMessage is a Stanford University-born and Y Combinator-backed nonprofit technology organization based in San Francisco with the mission to improve health literacy and disease self-management for underserved populations. The CareMessage technology platform and associated disease management programs enable healthcare organizations to facilitate text and voice messaging-based outreach to promote greater patient engagement and improved self-care. Since its founding in 2012, CareMessage has been funded by the Pershing Square Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Y Combinator, the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, Echoing Green, Goldman Sachs Gives, the William K. Bowes Jr. Foundation, the Franklin and Catherine Johnson Foundation, Stanford University, the National Institutes of Health, and the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation.

About The Pershing Square Foundation
The Pershing Square Foundation is a private family foundation, based in New York, founded in December 2006 by Karen and Bill Ackman. The Foundation has committed $250 million in grants and social investments to support exceptional leaders and innovative organizations that tackle important social issues and deliver scalable and sustainable impact. Bill is the CEO and portfolio manager of Pershing Square Capital Management, L.P. For more information visit:

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