Athena GTX today is pleased to announce it has received FDA clearance for sale of the iPhone, iPad and iPod apps for use with the Wireless Vital Signs Monitor (WVSM®). Monitor up to 20 patients simultaneously and wirelessly receive data on your Apple smart devices! Please 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
Visit Booth #608/610 in the Exhibit Hall to see and use the latest in small medical vital signs monitoring. The WVSM® and mini-Medic® devices will be available for demonstration as well as computer software for monitoring multiple patients. Both devices are patient worn and stay with the casualty from point of injury to treatment. First 25 visitors to mention this post will receive a free t-shirt!
Athena GTX® has announced it has been selected and is under contract as the prime integrator for the new Autonomous Critical Care System (ACCS) program with the Office of Naval Research (ONR). This multi-year, multi-million dollar effort will integrate the best of wireless communications, decision support, critical care monitoring and therapeutic technologies together for extended duration unmanned poly-trauma care in a “system of systems”. Program Manager, Mark Darrah, Ph.D. announced that an extensive list of consultants, component suppliers, and prime subcontractors are participating on the international program including the US Army’s Institute of Surgical Research (USAISR), Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Alfred Hospitals in Melbourne, Australia, Baltimore Shock Trauma, Brandenburg Design, and the University of Texas –Galveston. In addition, an extensive list of subject matter experts from military medics to trauma surgeons will participate in the program.