More Watter Co., a Baltimore-based health and wellness company that leverages exercise and community to improve health outcomes for people with chronic conditions, was recognized by Poets & Quants as one of the most disruptive start-up companies for 2022. Anthony Watters, a 2022 Carey Business School full-time MBA graduate, founded More Watter with business partner Alex Harrington with the specific goal of bringing health services to urban communities that frequently lack access to preventive health care and other health and wellness resources.
More Watter Co. leverages place-based community with technology to engage patients mainly dealing with diabetes, hypertension, and those recovering from stroke. The startup uses exercise data from Fitbit and other devices from workouts, which is combined with qualitative data and community resources to develop individualized fitness plans and to connect with patients in meaningful ways. The program aims to improve health measures like blood pressure, blood sugar, body weight, resting heart rate, and fitness level.
“When I formed More Watter Co., I was still working full-time in rehabilitative medicine for a Baltimore-area health care provider. At the time, I developed a post-rehab exercise program for people living with, Parkinson's disease, and people recovering from stroke,” said Watters. “Although patients were getting better, the reach was limited and there was no ability to scale the program within of this health care provider. I decided to quit and strike out on my own,” he added.
Watters credits his Carey Business School education with helping him grow his start up. “I decided to get my MBA for the purpose of improving my business skills and growing my business. Johns Hopkins was a good fit because of its focus on the business of health,” Watters explained. “The HTI (Health, Technology, and Innovation) pathway allowed me to learn the business of health and understand how money moves within health care.”