Recap: The Pulse: Healthcare Innovation Breakfast Series

DFW accelerator Health Wildcatters’ hosted their monthly The Pulse: Healthcare Innovation Breakfast Series event last Thursday morning at Alto 211. “The Pulse connects entrepreneurs, medical professionals, and innovators from the Dallas healthcare and business communities,” according to The Pulse’s page. The breakfast series allows professionals to network and gain new contacts by the time most people are starting their day.

This month’s guests were Julia Cheek, founder and CEO of EverlyWell, as the featured startup presenter and John Olajide, founder and CEO of Axxess, as the featured speaker.

Cheek introduced her startup, EverlyWell, a convenient, at-home health diagnostic testing with simple lab results. The idea is to give customers control of their health with tests they can order online to be sent to their home.

In a few days, the customer will receive easy to understand lab results that don’t require a doctor’s visit to go over. Testing kits include cardiovascular, fertility, elements, metabolism, food sensitivity and inflammation. Pilot testing for EverlyWell begins next month, with a national launch later in the spring.

Featured speaker, John Olajide of Axxess, has also provided a solution to make health services better and easier for the patient, saying that health services should “focus on patients, not paperwork.” Axxess, a web-based home health software, allows home health agencies and physicians to work from anywhere, communicate with care team, access the specific care plan, medication and drug/allergy interactions for the patient and more.

Established in 2007, Axxess started out as a consulting firm specializing in the home healthcare industry. After his interactions with healthcare professionals and the outdated and complex system they were working on, Olajide decided that there should be software that provides a comprehensive, fully-integrated, user friendly system for health professionals.

“I realized they needed a one-stop resource to go to for all their problems and over time, we can build a competency to solve those problems,” Olajide said.

In the beginning, Axxess started in a two bedroom apartment that Olajide lived in.

“I started with $8,000 when I started Axxess in that apartment. I put $2,000 down on the apartment and I had 60 days with $6,000 to make it work. During the day, I would go knock on doors marketing and at night, I would stay up and do all the work for my customers,” he said.

That dedication has helped Olajide build a company that provides quality healthcare solutions with technology, including AgencyCore, Axxess’ cloud-based software launched in 2011, and a reputation that has won the company many awards, including recently “Best of the Best” at the Best and Brightest Companies to Work For awards.

Axxess is proud to be a company of many ‘firsts’. In addition to their mobile app for on-the-go healthcare services, Axxess is the first and only home health software provider accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association, and is a member of the Health Level Seven International (HL7), the global authority on standards for interoperability of health information technology.

While Axxess is only available to registered healthcare professionals and companies, you can find more information about the company and “The Axxess Way” here. For more information about The Pulse: Healthcare Innovation Breakfast Series, visit their page here. For more information about Health Wildcatters, that hosts The Pulse, visit their website here.

  • Ateanna Uriri is a journalism major at UNT and currently an editorial intern for Launch DFW. When she is not at school or interning, she works as a library associate for the Dallas Public Library and is an active blerd (Black nerd) with a love for books, particularly the graphic variety, old films and documentaries.

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