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The KARE Adherence Platform is a medication adherence platform that enables better remote therapeutic monitoring for patients. Paired with the KEEP device, the platform can: Optimize adherence and persistence to therapy

KARE by KEEP Healthcare 


What it is: 

The KARE Adherence Platform is a medication adherence platform that enables better remote therapeutic monitoring for patients.  Paired with the KEEP device, the platform can: 

  • Optimize adherence and persistence to therapy 
  • Passively capture daily dosing event data without recall bias 
  • Enable programmatic, personalized, and timely interventions in real-time 
  • Provide a premium, branded support offering to complement a doctor’s therapy or services 

The KARE platform supports all therapies, independent of dosage forms.  The KEEP device captures data automatically and logs dosing through the internal weight scale.  Intelligent interventions are delivered through the device screen, text message, or an alert to a care team member.  This allows for immediate interventions for late or missed dosages.   

The platform has API integrations to connect with the patient’s pharmacy to automatically adds prescriptions and dosages to the KEEP device.   

The brand partners with healthcare organizations to improve patient adherence by integrating and augmenting their programs, not displacing them.  It even offers a white-labeled KEEP device if the healthcare organization or provider wants to brand the device.  

The KEEP Device and KARE Adherence Platform have a privacy-first design approach to go above and beyond HIPAA, PIPEDA, CCPA, and SOC 2 compliance. 


Who Made It? 

Portabl was co-founded in 2020 by Alex Yenkalov and Nate Soffio.  Company headquarters are in Philadelphia, PA.  Soffio serves as CEO while Yenkalov is the Head Engineer.   

Soffio was born in Columbia but grew up in the U.S. witnessing varying degrees of financial exclusion due to poverty, immigration, cash reliance, and insufficient proof of identity.  He then spent a decade working in identity and finance and has an MBA from Wharton. 

Yenkalov was born in western Ukraine and spent most of his life in Kyiv.  Most recently, he worked as the CTO of a company bringing secure identities for non-human entities like machines and products.   

The company joined Plaid Accelerate, a fintech accelerator program supporting early-stage founders who are Black, Indigenous, or People of Color. 

Funding status: 

The company raised $2.5M of seed funding from Wharton Fintech, 6th Man Ventures, and Dorm Room Fund in September 2022.  Bessemer Venture Partners, and 4 other investors also participated in the round. 

Why we like it: 

  • Allows users to control and easily update financial identity 
  • Integrates with know-your-customer and identity verification providers like Plaid 
  • More inclusive and equitable 

Did you know?  

The World Bank estimates that roughly one billion people lack an official foundational identification. These one billion people are unable to prove their identity (ID), and millions more have forms of identification that cannot be reliably verified or authenticated, resulting in exclusion from economic opportunities – such as those being created by the emerging digital economy – as well as social and political rights. More here. 


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