MindfulGarden is developing an evidence-based behaviour modification platform to de-escalate anxiety and aggression associated with chronic disease, beginning with hospitalized delirium and hyperactive dementia in long term care.

Patient-Powered

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.

Game-Driven

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.

Evidence-Based

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

By targeting patients in the first critical minutes of adverse behaviours associated with delirium/dementia, MindfulGarden will reduce cost of care by shortening length of stay and minimizing close monitoring by staff.

Improve Health Outcomes

Reducing use of psychotropic drugs and restraints will lower risk of falls and adverse effects, promoting a faster and more positive journey back to health.

Protect Work Environments

By interrupting and de-escalating aggressive behaviours, violence against staff will be reduced, leading to more positive working environments and reduced workplace claims and leaves of absence.

MindfulGarden Founders

Catherine Winckler

Founder & CEO

Catherine Winckler is the founder and owner of The Mindful Garden Digital Health, Inc. and founder and CEO of Switch United, a digital innovation company that since 1998 has built an international reputation for building immersive interactive experiences for entertainment and health/lifestyle clients. The company’s large interactive installations at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics are examples of digital work that gained world recognition. Catherine has been an active health advocate nationally on continuity of care issues. Her mother’s story of delirium and failing continuity of care at www.esthersvoice.com is the impetus behind MindfulGarden.

Mark Ross

Co-Founder & VP

Mark Ross, Co-founder and Product Director Mark oversees all aspects of the research & development of MindfulGarden, and is the front-line liaison with medical, scientific research, and technology accelerator partners (Fraser Health Authority, Simon Fraser University, Emily Carr’s Health Design Lab, TELUS, Innovation Boulevard) advancing MindfulGarden from a proof-of-concept, to a clinically-validated platform. Mark also manages the intellectual property, and commercialization activities of MindfulGarden. Prior to working full-time on MindfulGarden, Mark worked with Founder, Catherine Winckler, running business development for Switch United since 2005.

Nicolas Shuster

Co-Founder & Fundraising

Mark Ross, Co-founder and Product Director Mark oversees all aspects of the research & development of MindfulGarden, and is the front-line liaison with medical, scientific research, and technology accelerator partners (Fraser Health Authority, Simon Fraser University, Emily Carr’s Health Design Lab, TELUS, Innovation Boulevard) advancing MindfulGarden from a proof-of-concept, to a clinically-validated platform. Mark also manages the intellectual property, and commercialization activities of MindfulGarden. Prior to working full-time on MindfulGarden, Mark worked with Founder, Catherine Winckler, running business development for Switch United since 2005.

Advisors

Dr. Steve Reynolds

Medical Director and critical care physician, Royal Columbian Hospital, Fraser Health Authority

Marcia Carr

Geriatrics, Fraser Health

Marcia Carr, RN, BN, MS, GNC (C), NCA, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Fraser Health Medicine Program. Marcia is a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) for Medicine Clinical Network Team and Clinical Nurse Specialist of all areas for Peace Arch Hospital, Delta Hospital, Delta Community and Mountain View Residential Care Home; Nurse Continence Advisor for New Westminster Specialized Seniors’ Clinic; Facilitator for Provincial Violence Prevention Curriculum. She’s responsible for identifying care gaps for medical patients throughout the whole health authority and to develop solutions to improve the overall system and direct care to close the care gaps. Concentration especially is focused in Medicine on Stroke care, oncology, respiratory, falls and injury prevention, challenging responsive behaviours and urinary and fecal incontinence. As a member of the Medicine Leadership Team, Marcia is responsible for identifying, developing and implementing/evaluating best practice, evidence-based solutions related to clinical practice issues and quality of care.

Pieter Dorsman

Finance & Business

Pieter Dorsman is CEO of RedPeaks Management, a Vancouver-based capital advisory firm that advises early and later stage technology companies. Pieter is steering The Mindful Garden through the start-up financing process towards commercialization and operations.

Peter J. Fenwick

Advisor

Health Reform and Economics, Public Policy's, Medical Device Commercialization and Distribution, Clinical IT, Scaling to International Markets.

Peter is known as a health systems agitator and has held various positions in private and public sectors, most recently Deputy Minister in Cabinet Office of the Ontario government, and Board Chair of a $250M healthcare IT agency. Earlier in his career, he grew up in the health technology world, succeeding in a progressive sales and marketing leadership capacity, Through a hand full of M&As landed at GE Healthcare, where he led Canadian market development and the public-private partnerships team.

Steve di Paolo

Director, VizLab, SIAT

Steve is a computer based cognitive scientist, artist and researcher. His main research areas are cognitive, character and expression based artificial intelligence, interaction and computer graphics. Steve is past Director of the Cognitive Science Program at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. And Professor at the School of Interactive Arts and Technology, and interdisciplinary computer based art/science research school with approximately 800 undergrads, and roughly 100 masters and PhD students.

Fabio Feldman

Patient Safety, Fraser Health

Fabio Feldman, PhD, Managing Consultant, Patient Safety and Injury Prevention, Fraser Health Authority & Adjunct Professor Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology Simon Fraser University. Fabio’s position enables him to pursue a unique research program in collaboration with investigators at SFU, UBC and various health facilities in BC. He has received external peer-reviewed funding as Principal investigator as well as Co-Investigator and such efforts have raised his profile in Fraser Health and BC. Fabio is now part of the Fraser Health Patient Quality and Safety program and responsible for implementation of new technologies to support quality and safety for Fraser Health’s patients. Previously, Fabio was part of the Fraser Health Older Adults program and mostly involved with dementia initiatives. He was also part of the BC provincial committee responsible for developing the BC Dementia Strategy.

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