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|

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|
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