Athena GTX is the creator and manufacturer of innovative designs for point of injury (POI) wireless monitoring. Our products are specifically designed and manufactured to fill the needs of our customers and support their demands for accurate, portable and affordable patient monitoring. Almost all of the devices and systems we design are patient worn and remain with the patient from POI to treatment, are sometimes up to ten (10) times smaller and ten times lighter than any other monitors in the market today, and are 5 to 10 times less expensive. Our critical IP and unique design features also multiple patients to be monitored simultaneously and record trends and patient treatment histories and yet communicate to multiple computers and smart phones at the same time.
mini-Medic®- a 3.8 ounce forehead mounted FDA cleared monitoring system solution with a novel hand head reader sold as a package to autonomously connect to and track up to ten casualties simultaneously with full diagnostics, custom pulse ox, trending, alarm indices, treatment and embedded electronic TCCC card.
WVSM® (Wireless Vital Signs Monitor)- our signature product; a one pound FDA cleared patient worn BLS monitor, revolutionizing mass casualty response, allowing up to twenty systems communicating to commercially available computers with FDA cleared Windows® and iO/S apps.
Hammerhead™ – Designed to attach unobtrusively on the back of the arm and monitor physiological state of both training and elite operators, both out of the water and under the water at extended range. Systems are in mature prototype evaluations at this time. Monitor tracks vital signs and trends and calculates fatigue, workloads and hypoxemia. System autonomously switches from Wi-Fi to sonar depending on location linking into the mini-Medic®.
Wi-Cap™ – a next generation mobile capnography device to be used for single measurements or continuous monitoring of SpO2, Respiration, Heart Rate and etCO2. Features include: optional pulse oximetry, color touch custom user interface, wireless communication, over six hours continuous use battery power and AC, networkable or stand alone, wired or wireless printing capability, and remote wireless viewing. (WiCap™ is not yet cleared by the FDA)
PSID™ – an automatic IV fluid infuser product maintaining constant pressure, constant flow battery powered capability.
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Athena GTX has been selected as a receipient of the Innovation Award as part of the Celebrate Business Awards sponsored by the Greater Des Moines Partnership and the Des Moines Business Record. These annual awards recognize companies for specific business practices such as encouraging involvement in community activities, creating an employee-friendly work environment, and building a substantial reputation for integrity and quality while remaining outside the public limelight.
The Innovation Award is a new category for 2013. This award honors an organization that, through a process of development, knowledge sharing, and learning, makes meaningful change to improve products, processes, or organizational effectiveness creating new value for stakeholders.
Athena GTX® is pleased to announce that the FDA cleared WVSM® iOS app for use with the iPhone, iPad and iPod is now available for sale. Monitor up to 20 patients simultaneously and wirelessly receive data on your Apple smart devices! Go to wvsmapp.athena.com to purchase at the Apple app store or contact Athena GTX for more information.
Athena GTX was recently honored as one of only a few companies invited to attend and display our solutions at the 2013 Iowa Innovation Corporation dinner and awards evening. The topic of conversation that night was all about…..”innovation”. I also recently read an interesting Linked In message from Delos Cosgrove, CEO/President of Cleveland Clinic about innovation. I thought all of this blended together and fit Athena’s visions quite well. I thought I would share some thoughts from both the evening and this recent message from Mr. Cosgrove along with some of our own thoughts.
As CEO’s we need to sometimes take a serious step back and look at ourselves, our teams, and our companies. Where does technical innovation really come from? Clearly it is not in the comfortable mainstream of an organization, but on the margins: where one idea flies quickly into another, disciplines and understandings overlap, and the next thing that happens is a team has created a new idea, product concept, solved a problem, or even found a solution to something previously thought to be impossible, impractical or unreachable. This happens because of a multidisciplinary team, but also because that team has a unique attitude. At Athena we use a motivational statement of “Innovation with Attitude”. What exactly is that “attitude”.
The innovation we seek is really disruptive innovation, and it is all about attitude. Innovation does not wait for fortunate circumstances to arise by happenstance or from detailed plans. It does not have a roadmap. It does not develop from people asking about what they should do next. It comes from creating an organization and culture where disruptive innovation is encouraged, highly valued and recruited, and it seems to happen almost every single day. Create an organization where the innovators love to be with each other, spending time talking about the “what if’s” and the “this may sound crazy, but…..”, and an organization of individuals that share intense passion and drive to create without any fear of failure.
Steve Jobs said, “Innovation comes from people meeting up in the hallways or calling each other at 10:30 at night.” At Athena GTX we are designed to enjoy what we do, we maximize employees and leader encounters, and impromptu brainstorming sessions. I’d like to think my role is really about fueling that fire, the attitude, the passion and drive. Hire the innovative spirits and have the courage to let them go. You will be overwhelmed at the result. And you might get that call late at night more often than you think.
What is your organization doing to promote innovation at the margins? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Mark Darrah, PhD
PDF Version – Innovation With Attitude