To Use the Individual Edition of the QiiQ Assistant

Most Health IT applications are built and sold as enterprise solutions that present: significant cost outlay for the hospital disruption to workflow routine for many people who work delivering care considerable new risks to patient data and system security This typically means that approvals take many months. That can extinguish the appetite and enthusiasm for actually using this tool, and continuing to pursue it’s deployment and use.  It’s this precedent we seek to break... A New Model: SELF-DEPLOYMENT The [...]

2019-12-27T10:43:15-08:00By |General|

In Pursuit of Workflow Efficiency

The gyrations​ around features and functionality have been damn taxing. Choosing which features to go with have been informed by a huge number of criteria. Some are familiar to any entrepreneur, while some are less common: the hospital approval process (affected by politics, patient safety, regulatory, IT and facilities, and not lastly cost) clinician distrust of administration time/complexity to deploy our own cost of development the existing "faith" in the idea from the workflow experts on our team how difficult [...]

2019-11-18T08:34:04-08:00By |General|

Towards a QiiQ Mobile App Design

At the Fraser Health hackathon in January 2017, I met the CEO of QiiQ Healthcare, Dave Brown. I was looking for opportunities to do data visualization at the hackathon, and we got into discussing exciting possibilities for communicating patient tracking metrics to clinicians and administrators for QiiQ. However I wasn’t able to contribute to QiiQ until July, when my contract with Fraser Health ended. For a week, I performed a loose form of a “design sprint” to create a mobile [...]

2019-11-18T08:39:23-08:00By |General|

Out of the Cupboard – a Design Insight

As a CEO who deeply believes that "getting it right" is really really hard, I sometimes have to defend the importance of design. This morning I found myself contemplating that conversation once again. And this time, the designer's talents for empathy and reflection emerged as two key abilities that can make all the difference to a product's appeal. Consider the almost unconscious elements of opening and closing a cupboard door. Designers and engineers have refined the mechanisms that dampen the [...]

2019-11-18T08:39:47-08:00By |Design, General|

Awesome New Healthtech Startups

The healthcare industry is notoriously resistant to change.  Lots has been written about this, so we won't get into it now. I take comfort as I look around at companies that are working hard to reinvent the experience of clinical care for patients around the world.  Here are a few who's efforts are worth watching: Augmedix - these guys are taking a revolutionary approach to outsourcing an expensive process.  They equip physicians with Google Glass headsets. When the clinician is engaged [...]

2019-11-18T08:40:08-08:00By |Startup, Tech|

Healthtech Built for… People Who Care

Before I started on the QiiQ path, I was warned that achieving traction in healthtech is VERY difficult and takes a lot of patience. One savvy veteran warned that it will inevitably be a "long slog." At QiiQ, we're all of the mind that the work we do now to aim the ship, the greater the probability we'll be successful with our efforts. A common generalization: there are primarily 2 markets for the value we're seeking to build: 1) clinicians 2) administrators [...]

2019-11-18T08:42:49-08:00By |Design, Startup|

My Personal Sepsis Journey

Irony can be fun, but it wasn't in my case. On March 11 2016, my family and I jumped on a plane for San Francisco - for a week of visiting friends and fave sites in Silicon Valley.  As the plane lifted off, we were all excited and full of anticipation.  But by the time we had our rental car and were settling in for sleep in San Mateo, I knew something was wrong... I had a pain in my [...]

2019-11-18T08:42:00-08:00By |General|

The Brutality of Sepsis

Between the Sepsis Alliance and the Center for Disease Control, a lot has been published about the impact of sepsis on the US healthcare system.  The dramatic figures in the USA reflect an even more grim picture when one examines what's been happening in less developed countries where healthcare technology and methods are not as advanced. Impact on OUTCOMES The Sepsis Alliance asserts that every minute counts. Administration of antibiotics and fluids saves lives and reduces morbidities. The CDC says [...]

2019-11-18T08:42:17-08:00By |Clinical, General|

Measuring Performance in the Hospital

QiiQ was borne from a pivot - of another company called PlanetECG. We were working on a new strategy for impacting clinical competency. We were exercising some clever innovations in the training domain, yet in the process of creating our solution, we found that the market was over-saturated. And about as chaotic as could be imagined. Despite the importance of the field of clinical training, and it's relevance for the future, we had to accept that the fight to win [...]

2019-11-18T08:42:31-08:00By |Startup|
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