Kivo Health

Telehealth lung rehab

Kivo Health provides telehealth rehab for chronic lung disease patients. We offer an 8-week clinical program led by a live therapist, which saves payers $6,000 per patient. Only 3% of eligible patients are getting this life-changing therapy right now.

Kivo Health
Team Size:5
Location:San Francisco
Group Partner:Surbhi Sarna

Active Founders

Victor Sadauskas

I'm currently working on Kivo Health - telehealth rehab for chronic lung disease. I trained as an Emergency Medicine doctor at Stanford and have seen firsthand how poor access to care can lead to higher acuity illness over time. I'm passionate about developing tech-enabled solutions that help people stay healthier while reducing healthcare costs.

Victor Sadauskas
Victor Sadauskas
Kivo Health

Vaughn Koch

I'm building Kivo Health: we provide telehealth lung rehab for COPD patients. I'm a serial founder and technologist. I founded Movity in W2010 which exited to Trulia, and have built key tech at both startups and larger companies.

Vaughn Koch
Vaughn Koch
Kivo Health

Company Launches

Hey YC, we're Vaughn and Victor, and we're excited to announce the public launch of Kivo Health!

We treat chronic lung disease with rehab over Zoom. We offer an 8-week remote program that keeps people out of the hospital, and can save payers $6,000 per patient by reducing hospital stays.

How we help

Chronic lung disease affects 16M people in the US, resulting in $50B in annual spend due to recurrent hospitalizations.

Pulmonary rehab (PR) is like physical rehab for your lungs. It includes guided exercise, breathing techniques, and a full education program which teaches people to manage their lung condition.

PR has strong clinical evidence: it can improve clinical outcomes, reduce hospital bed-days by 62%, save payers between $6-10k for every patient, and help patients feel better.

This life changing therapy has been around for decades, but tragically only 3% of eligible patients are getting it. Why? Access.

Often, people with COPD or other lung disease find it challenging to walk up a flight of stairs. Traveling 30-45 minutes to a PR center twice a week is a lot harder, especially for people without transport or the ability to pay for gas and parking.

Kivo Health solves access by providing telehealth PR, so patients can be treated comfortably at home.

How it works

We ship people our Kivo Kit, which has a cell-connected iPad, a Bluetooth pulse oximeter, and exercise equipment.

Patients join live video sessions twice a week for 2 months, with one of our talented respiratory therapists.

During the sessions, our therapists are:

  • Monitoring our patients with realtime pulse oximetry
  • Improving their lung function with exercise
  • Teaching them breathing techniques, inhaler use, and a lot of other key lessons.


We're building Kivo to help patients get access to pulmonary rehab. But it's the stories that make us feel great about what we're doing. Here's a few examples.

1. One patient told us that she'd been using her inhaler wrong for over 20 years, until she learned proper technique from Kivo.

2. Another patient told us that she loved Kivo so much, she wrote a letter to her pulmonologist telling him that he should refer all of his patients to our program.

3. During our first cohort, we had a patient that was feeling the signs of a lung exacerbation one day. These are dangerous because people often end up in the ER, or even full hospitalization (which costs $19k on average!). Because she had learned from Kivo how to recognize the signs of an exacerbation, she immediately got a course of steroids from her doctor and felt better quickly. This could have made the difference between a hospital visit and relaxing at home.

How you can help

  • If you have a family member or friend with COPD or other lung disease, tell them about Kivo Health! Note - patients need to be referred by their physician.
  • Also, we'd appreciate any intros to pulmonologists - email us at hello@kivohealth.com.

Much love, Victor and Vaughn

Where to find us

Web: https://kivohealth.com

Email: hello@kivohealth.com




YC Sign Photo

YC Sign Photo

Hear from the founders

What is the core problem you are solving? Why is this a big problem? What made you decide to work on it?

Pulmonary rehab is the gold standard for non-pharma treatment of COPD and other lung diseases. However, only 3% of eligible patients are getting this life-changing therapy, because they can’t access it: they live too far away from a rehab center, or just can’t get there in person without help. We founded Kivo Health to solve this access problem, by delivering rehab to patients over live video.

Selected answers from Kivo Health's original YC application for the W23 Batch

Describe what your company does in 50 characters or less.

Telehealth rehab for lung disease patients