Spectra Health launch mobile app to improve health care communication


By Brandon Klein

bklein@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

Two Canfield natives are preparing to publicly launch a mobile app designed to improve communication within the health care industry.

Ashley McClusky and Nicholas Halfhill, who both graduated from Canfield High School in 2007, tested the beta version of the product in partnership with Blue Sky Therapy, 510 W. Main St., in Canfield.

“We started really expanding,” Halfhill said.

The app would provide a platform for clinical teams, patients and families that’s compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Families can stay up to date about the care their loved ones receive from the caregiver regardless of organization.

“It’s something unique in the market,” Halfhill said.

Though the app is free for families and patients, a clinical team would have to pay $45 per user per month if it wants to use the service for all patients. That’s half the cost of text messaging such information, which isn’t HIPAA-compliant, Halfhill said.

Though the mobile app can be downloaded onto Apple products such as iPad or iPhone, the platform can be accessed through a Web portal for Android or Windows operating systems.

Canfield High School was where McClusky and Halfhill met. McClusky went on to receive her communication degree from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She worked in public relations for companies such as Salesforce Inc. and in marketing for Mercy Health Systems.

Halfhill graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in advertising and worked as a mobile- marketing strategist for Ford Motor Co. in Detroit.

Each moved to San Francisco three years ago where they reconnected as they worked on separate technology projects.

In June 2014, the two co-founded Spectra Health along with Stephen Cave and Ian Lollar, both from Southern California. The next eight months focused on building the infrastructure of the app’s platform.

The conception for Spectra came from Halfhill’s own personal experiences of having difficulty in communication when he was miles away from a sick family member.

McClusky and Halfhill said they expect Apple to approve the app this week.

For more information, go to www.spectrahealth.us.

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