The MindfulGarden platform is designed to de-escalate anxiety and aggression associated with chronic disease in institutional care settings. Built on a videogame engine, and powered by the individual’s own agitated voice and gestures, MindfulGarden comes alive on-screen with engaging computer-generated imagery that progressively calms disruptive behaviours, eliminating or reducing reliance on drugs and restraints.
In proof-of-concept at a regional hospital, MindfulGarden was perfectly described by a clinician as ‘the videogame the frail elderly doesn’t even know they are playing.’ In the first of what will be multiple ‘game’ experiences relevant to diverse cultural backgrounds and geographies, flowers bloomed and butterflies floated, fully engaging the hyperactive patients, and allowing care to begin sooner for underlying conditions.
MindfulGarden is working in a regulated medical device space and takes an evidence-based approach to user-centered design and development. The company currently has completed two clinical studies on hyperactive dementia in a long-term care setting and has two pending studies on delirium in the ICU beginning in Fall 2020. The team has been self-funded to date with significant grants from two internationally recognized leaders in funding brain health innovation for seniors and is currently seeking seed investment to take the company through the regulatory process to commercialization.
A Global Problem. Limited Treatment Options.
MindfulGarden is designed as a behaviour modification tool for
hospitals and long-term care facilities to:
Reduce Cost of Care
Improve Health Outcomes
Protect Work Environments
Peter is a distinguished technology innovation leader and entrepreneur with extensive experience in business development and transformation. Prior to joining the Ontario Public Service, he was the Managing Director at Fenwick & Associates, a management consulting firm servicing a broad range of health and technology industry clients. Previously, Peter served as Senior Provincial Director at Alberta Health Services, where he worked with the government to drive innovation adoption and health service improvement. Peter also held a number of senior leadership positions at GE Healthcare.
Peter has a joint MBA from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, and the Schulich School of Business, York University, and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University.
Peter will lead the System Transformation Office in Cabinet Office to support cross-cutting transformational initiatives that require an enterprise response to systemic change. His deep experience in the use of technology will support all-of-government initiatives to drive greater efficiencies in the delivery of public services. Peter will work closely with ministries to ensure central agency support in setting government transformation policy. He will also join the Deputy Minister Committee on Transformation and Technology.
Peter has actively served on several boards, including the Alberta Council of Technologies Society, the Community for Excellence in Health Governance and the Canadian College of Health Leaders, Southern Alberta Chapter.