Innovation Corner – SignNow

SignNow

During our June staff meeting we profiled an app called SignNow.

SignNow is the easiest way to sign a document anywhere you go. You can sign your own documents, or invite clients to sign and close contracts.

To learn more have a look at the Prezi we created to show the app to our staff:

SignNow

What is the Innovation Corner?

Every month, the whole Iridia team gets together for staff meeting. During the meeting, we discuss a variety of topics from our diverse organization. For the past year we have added a topic to the agenda – the Innovation Corner.

Innovation is one of our eight core values at Iridia, values we strive to live every day. It’s one thing to say “hey, innovation is a corporate value of ours,” but it’s another to live it.

We are always keeping our sharp eyes on the lookout; finding creative ways to fit pieces together. In order to “fit pieces together,” we need to do things more efficiently and, if possible, with the use of new tools.

The Innovation Corner is a brief (5 min.) section of the agenda dedicated to the introduction of a story, a tool, a concept, or anything else that might spur on innovation within our team.  Anyone can lay claim to the Innovation Corner in upcoming meetings, and thereby use it to share an innovative find they have come across.

“This effort has already brought forward tools that have been put to immediate use in our business operations.  In seeing how these insights have made a difference for us, we’ve decided to take time out and share them with a broader audience.” – Iridia President

Stay tuned for future updates from the Innovative Corner!

February Innovation – CodeHeart

These days, innovations seem to come in the form of “apps.” A term that means any software made for any device. People have been using apps for years, but they weren’t called apps. Not until the mobile revolution have we been smattered with app this and app that.

As you may have guessed, the latest innovation we wanted to profile was another app. Not to throw it in with the rest, this app is different and could possibly revolutionize the administration of first response medical care.

CodeHeart

CodeHeart is the name and it may be on the tip of your doc’s tongue soon. CodeHeart is a wireless app that allows physicians to see ECG and other EMS instrument read-outs in real-time. The display is transmits live video over secure telephone channels.

CodeHeart

“CodeHeart was borne out of a desire to get ECG and other readings to physicians quickly,” says Dr. Satler, director of intervention cardiology, and one of the driving forces behind the app.

Prior to the created of CodeHeart, ECG readouts had to be faxed to specialists and the like. These days a fax isn’t quick enough. “The trouble is that this can take up to 10 minutes to send. Given that camera-equipped mobile phones are everywhere, it made sense to see if such information could be sent live by camera phone: Just hold it up, shoot the chart and then send it in for quicker diagnosis and response,” says Satler.

As simple as it sounds, the team working on CodeHeart ran into a few obstacles. At the inception, technology hadn’t caught up with the idea. Cellular data was expensive and phones were unable to send high resolution video in real-time. Fortunately, it was only a matter of time before phones had the specs and the platform to deliver the desired content.

Security was also an issue. Sending patients records wirelessly has raised concerns, and is not HIPAA compliant. (The HIPAA Act of 1996 lays out privacy standards for protecting patient medical information. Sending it by conventional cellular channels is not allowed.)

Fast-forward, and today you have an app that meets all the speed and privacy standards.

“Currently we are just starting to get CodeHeart into the field,” says Satler. “There’s still some reluctance by some EMS organizations to use it, simply because they are leery of how new it is. But I have no doubt that, in a few short years, CodeHeart apps will be in widespread use across North America, if not the world.”

Compared to other medical equipment, applying CodeHeart is simple, quick and most importantly, cheap. Currently there is no listed price, as the app is not yet in any app stores, but it will most likely go for the price of a coffee. Considering this app turns every phone into a portable telemedicine terminal, that’s a small price to pay.

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The possibilities are endless. With CodeHeart, every first responder will be able to link to experts all over the world, in real-time voice and video. 

November Innovation – The Heart Hero App

At the heart of Iridia, lay one of our eight core values, innovation. As CPR month comes to a close we wanted to highlight one of the most innovative CPR tools out there. It’s called Heart Hero (get it here from the Apple App Store), an interactive mobile app that lets you practice CPR to the catchy beat of the Bee Gees’ hit, Stayin’ Alive.

Heart Hero was created by Genius Factor Games who donated their time and experience to develop this app specifically for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. The goal of this partnership was to create a fun, easy and free tool to learn CPR on the go. Why did they choose Stayin’ Alive? You may have heard that the song’s rhythm provides the perfect pace for performing CPR, and it’s true, the beat hits the nail on the head and is easy to remember in a pinch.

Who should download this app? Heart Hero is for anyone who would like to establish a basic foundation of CPR knowledge. For those who aren’t comfortable with the CPR process, but would like to take a first critical stride, this app is a great start. Heart Hero will walk you through the appropriate steps and give you the tools you need if you find yourself in a situation where you need to perform CPR.

Some of the features include:

  • Video tutorial on the 2011 definition of CPR and using en AED (automatic external defibrillator).
  • Heart & Stroke Foundation office finder (Canada-wide).
  • Important facts about CPR and the Heart & Stroke Foundation.
  • Seven challenging Heart Hero mini-games to test your skills in saving a patient with the basic CPR techniques.
Heart Hero

Heart Hero Screenshot

“It’s clear that cardiopulmonary resuscitation improves the odds of surviving cardiac arrest, but just as importantly, the app provides CPR practitioners with the practice and confidence needed to employ those skills in an emergency situation,” said Lisa Hutcheon, Manager of Patient Programs at the Heart and Stroke Foundation, BC & Yukon.

Unfortunately many individuals hold back from performing CPR because they are afraid they will do it wrong. The truth is, is that not doing anything at all will be the worst case scenario. “The technique is actually less important than doing chest compressions quickly and firmly,” says Hutcheon.

We urge all Canadians to learn CPR, by learning a little bit now you can potentially save a life later. On the quest to bring CPR knowledge to all Canadians, this is a great leap forward. It is innovations such as this that Iridia can stand behind.

*It is important to note, while the app is a valuable tool to practice CPR, it does not replace CPR certification.
*The Heart and Stroke Foundation recommends that all Canadians learn the life-saving skills of CPR and review this knowledge often.