Lionheart’s New Intern

Lionheart’s New Intern

                    Hello there! I’m Isabel, and I will be a senior at Mercer Island High School this year. I am thrilled to be working at Lionheart for the summer. Since I started, I have learned so much, from website design, to social media marketing. I have been incredibly lucky to work with such a great team. Since I work remotely and the Lionheart team is small, I have been working independently, which allows me to learn things I wouldn’t have if I had been working in a larger company like Microsoft. It all started when I was invited by a friend to go to a startup panel event at Hing Hay Coworks in Chinatown. The event was aimed at showcasing women who started up their own company. I was hoping to meet people and make connections, so I could possibly land an internship in the summer. With college coming up, I wanted a standout internship on my resume. While at the panel, I heard empowering stories that exhibited the strength of women in the tech field; one story stood out to me. This woman turned a tragic event into a powerful mobile application that people could use to help them manage their loved one’s medical conditions. This startup was called Lionheart. After hearing Tammy’s story, I knew I wanted to work there. I introduced myself and 2 months later, I was invited to work for their social media accounts and website. I was absolutely stoked, and I am so thankful that I’ve had the opportunity to work for such an...
Lionheart Press Release: February 4, 2016

Lionheart Press Release: February 4, 2016

LIONHEART LAUNCHES TO IMPROVE MANAGEMENT OF CHRONIC HEALTH CONDITIONS Platform will simplify health management for both patients and caregivers Seattle, WA––February 4, 2016–– L​ionheart,​an app that connects patients and caregivers for collaborative chronic health management, launched today. Founder and CEO Tammy Bowers was inspired to start Lionheart by the challenges she and her family encountered while caring for her son’s medical conditions. L​ionheart provides a single cloud-based source for a patient’s medical profile, simplifying collaboration and minimizing miscommunication between all caregivers. According to the​Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare​, an estimated 80% of serious medical errors involve miscommunication between caregivers during the transfer of patients. This is further complicated by extensive care networks which can include family, friends, doctors, nurses, and even babysitters or teachers. “Improving chances for a patient to survive – or even thrive – requires care networks that are intimately involved in the day-to-day care management. Instead of waiting for the healthcare system to be advanced through government or policy, it is up to the patient and caregivers to take charge,” said Tammy Bowers, CEO and co-founder of Lionheart. “Through the ongoing care of my son who has a congenital heart condition, I understand first-hand the need for a solution. We need better tools to help ease the burden of caregivers who have to juggle it all.” Benefits of Lionheart: One cohesive source for information: U​ser-friendly tools designed especially for caregivers help to store all essential medical information in one place, and share the corresponding data with providers Track medications:​Including dosage and frequency Real-time updates so patients and their caregivers always know when care is given Store comprehensive...
Wings for Autism

Wings for Autism

Today this article showed up in my newsfeed. It is a mom thanking JetBlue for the service they provided her son with autism before and during a flight. She liked that she was able to indicate his special needs and make a few specific remarks about those special needs when she booked online. Then when she called just to make sure everything was okay, she was offered assistance and silent boarding when they arrived at the airport. She selected silent boarding and indicated how much this helped her son get settled into the new environment and get his headphones on to cancel out the noise when his fellow travelers started boarding the plane. Additionally, extra care and patience were shown to them throughout the duration of the flight, as the staff were aware of his needs based on what she was able to share when she booked the flight. I thought many of these things were good and important to consider when traveling by plane with a person with special needs. I didn’t know some of these options were available and was excited to share them! This also made me think of a JetBlue program I had heard of awhile back called Wings for Autism. The Wings for Autism program was created to offer a safe environment for families to practice traveling with an autistic child, and be surrounded by others in similar situations. By getting comfortable with the airport and flight experience (without actually leaving the airport!), both parents and their children with special needs could gain the familiarity and confidence needed to fly for real when the...
Service Monkeys

Service Monkeys

Recently, I saw a man with a service monkey at the airport. Is your jaw on the ground? Because mine was, in amazement! I had to look it up right away and what I learned was amazing! Service Monkeys According to monkeyhelpers.org, “The most obvious difference between capuchin monkeys and other service animals is their dexterous hands and amazing fine motor skills. This enables them to perform tasks such as: turning pages scratching itches retrieving dropped objects inserting straws into bottles turning on buttons/switches for remotes, phones, computers, etc. repositioning limbs on a wheelchair Other differences include: their long life span of 30-40 years small size which allows them to cuddle in their human partner’s lap or nook of their neck monkeys have hair, like humans, which helps to alleviates problems with fur-related allergies Monkeys also have a strong sense of hierarchy which provides the motivation to care for and be cared for by their human partner. Helping Hands trainers and placement staff utilize this natural hierarchy to create a mutually beneficial and nurturing relationship between the monkey and the recipient.” Then I found this video showing a service monkey in action and helping this amazing young man. You have to watch this! Other service animals include miniature horses and pigs. And if you’re wondering, most airlines do let them on planes to serve people with disabilities....
Evaluations Hurt – Ouch!

Evaluations Hurt – Ouch!

Ahhh testing. I remember, when Dylan was in the Early Intervention program and she got their qualification testing done to benchmark where she was developmentally and see what benefits she qualified for. I asked her physical therapist what the results were and she hesitated. We had become quite close as she was the one in the NICU sent to evaluate Dylan at only a couple weeks old. We were lucky to continue her services in our home. She ask me “Are you okay with the results?” She was being genuine… testing me, to see how I would be able to handle the fact that my two-year old was still a baby. She explained that it was a test for kids of all abilities even fully functioning ‘typical’ children so there would be a lot of things that just don’t apply. I brushed her concern off. Of course I was going to be okay with it! Of course! I knew what to expect, I know Dylan, I know that she can’t walk or talk, or eat, I love her. It’s fine. I was going to be fine hearing everything she had to say. And I was. Fast forward to this week. This week we finally completed the paper work to get Dylan on the waiting list for the Division of Services for People with Disabilities, DSPD. I was a bit of a slacker, many parents get their kids on the waiting list right away knowing it can take up to 7-9 years to get services (yep, you read that right, it’s a shame really…) but we had hesitated on Dylan because...