Today we sat down with Gregory Hargis, Co-Founder and CEO of Callie Solutions, Inc. to learn more about his story and company.
Can you tell us a little bit about your background?
I started my career in digital communications as a video editor and graphic designer. I also worked in app development -- anything visual. I also worked as a digital designer and strategist. I came up with really cool ideas and pitched them to the board of the company.
In 2012, I was diagnosed with Leukemia. Throughout my year and a half in the hospital, I went through 13 rounds of chemo, had a bone marrow transplant, and battled multiple rounds of pneumonia. During chemo treatment 4 or 5, I became really frustrated with the nurse call system. I only had one little red button to push and it continually failed. I was in a lot of pain and trying to contact the nurse for medicine. While waiting for the nurse to come, I vomited all over myself, couldn’t move, and had no way to call for help. At the time, I was in sepsis and germs could literally kill me -- even my own.
The thing about the nurse call system was once you pressed the red button to call the nurse, you couldn’t call again. I was stranded and couldn’t call for help. Finally after 10-15 minutes, a nurse came to help me but had no idea what had happened . This is just one of the dozens of stories I could tell where the nurse call system wasn’t acceptable.
This is when I decided to take my background as a digital designer and strategist and create a nurse call system that was designed for patients, rather than nurses. Since I was stuck in a hospital bed, I started designing. With my knowledge of coding, I came up with a demo of a patient-focused nurse call system. This was a great way to keep myself busy, but I never thought it would take off.
I started showing my demo to nurses and they liked it. So, long story short, I co-founded a company to create it.
What makes Callie Solutions unique from other nurse call softwares?
We wouldn’t call Callie Solutions a nurse call software, its more of a supplement to the nurse call system. It’s not a replacement, just an addition. Callie Solutions is more of a patient concierge service -- it focuses on patient engagement and communication.
Callie Communication System is a platform that communicates from patients to hospital staff. It communicates with the nurses, care team members, volunteers, patient care tech, janitorial service, anyone who needs to be in communication with the patient. All of these people touch the patient in some aspect. So when the patient wants a glass of water for example, this task could be handled by a volunteer or food service. This takes work off of the nursing staff so they can do what they are good at. Work is directed to other staff members, rather than just nurses. It helps to makes the patients and nurses lives much easier.
Can you tell us more about BeCarried?
BeCarried is a non-profit we hope to launch that is dedicated to helping young families affected by cancer. When I was sick, I had a lot of support from families, friends, and my church. Unfortunately, not everyone has that. Our goal is to donate money from sales of Callie Solutions to help fund this non-profit.
Overall, Callie was designed by a patient- with patients in mind while taking the needs of nurses, supervisors, and hospital management. Not only does its flexibility and portability benefit the patient, it allows hospital staff to do their job more effectively. It offers multiple ways for the patient and staff to interact, providing simple one-touch messaging and patient entertainment. The result is a better experience and better patient care.
You can learn more about Callie Solutions here.